IJGA’s Giovanna Fernandez of Asuncion, Paraguay, won her first AJGA Qualifier last Thursday then went on to win the Billy Horschel Junior Championship in a one-hole playoff. Fernandez held off a final-round challenge by Kaitlyn Schroeder from Jacksonville, Florida. Both players birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. This is Fernandez’s first AJGA qualifier win and her first AJGA Open title.
“This was a new experience for me,” said Fernandez. She added, “I felt good going into the qualifier because my coach helped me plan a strategy for the event and I had been playing well at the academy.”
Fernandez, a University of Arkansas commit, was also motivated by Arkansas Women’s Golf. She watched the Razorbacks on TV last week as they swept all awards at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational.
“I was happy for the Arkansas players and thankful to be part of their team. I wanted to win this tournament to show them what I can do,” said Fernandez.
For now, Fernandez will return to IJGA’s Bishops Gate campus to continue her studies and hone her skills. If this weekend is any indication, her future is bright.