By ART PARKER
Even though she finished in second place after losing a playoff, Brooke Sansom, Pike Road’s 18 year old golfing sensation, put on a show at the North and South Girl’s Championship in North Carolina last week. “Even though I didn’t win I believe I played as well as I could. It was exciting to play that well in the tournament especially on Pinehurst Number Two,” Sansom said.
And play she did. After three rounds Sansom stood at a phenomenal 13 under par. She was tied with Hawaiian borne Aneka Seumanutafa from Frederick, Maryland. The most important thing is that rest of the field was so far behind they could barely be seen. The third place finisher could only manage even par after 54 holes.
“We just kept pushing each other for three days,” Seumanutafa said. “We played together in the second and third rounds, and it seemed like she would make a birdie, and then I would make a birdie.”
Sansom shot 68-68-67 and drained a 20 foot birdie putt on 18 to cap off a 6 under 30 in the final nine holes and force the playoff. Sansom recorded twenty birdies in the three rounds with nine birdies on the historic Pinehurst #2 course. The nine birdie effort was Sansom’s second nine birdie round in a week. She also had nine birdies in an SJGT tournament round of 64 at Wynlakes on June 27th.
Sansom has received an exemption into the PGA Junior Championship July 17-22 in St. Louis.