IJGA alumnus, Rafael Guerrero of Caracas, Venezuela, enjoyed his first professional victory this past weekend, April 18, 2015, in spectacular fashion. The Venezuelan native took home the title in the 32nd Annual Venezuelan Open on his home course at the Lagunita Country Club.
Guerrero carded a 2-under 68 in round one including a front-nine where he never scored worse than par. He knocked down three birdies including one on the par-5 hole No. 1 which he birdied in three of the four rounds of competition. He also made eagle on the par-5 hole No. 11.
The second day Guerrero shot an even-par 70, carding another eagle on hole No. 11. This performance also included his best finish on the back nine where he carded three straight pars to finish the round. In the third round, he carded another 68, good for the second-lowest score in the round and was one of only five players to card below par that day due in large part to 14 straight holes of par-or-better play.
Despite shooting a 1-over 71 in the final round of the tournament, his worst round of the event, Guerrero’s was already in the lead while field struggled to keep up. His seven holes of par-or-better play on the back nine were his longest streak on that set of holes in the tournament. The Venezeulan’s final scorecard from the tournament would be the only one to come in under par with an impressive 3-under 277 besting the runner-up by three strokes.
On the LPGA tour, IJGA Alumna I.K. Kim, Seoul, South Korea, finished in third place at the Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey. Kim’s strongest round was her first where she carded a tournament-low 7-under 65 . Her scorecard included eight birdies, three of which were back-to-back before the turn.
Elsewhere in IJGA professional alumni news, Morgan Hoffmann, Wyckoff, N.J., came in a tie for ninth at the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing right here on Hilton Head Island. Georgia Tech alum, Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass., finished in a tie for 18th at the Web.com tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship. The finish was Werenski’s best on the Web.com tour and included two eagles over the four rounds of play.