Lake Worth's Alexa Pano proud of historic invitation to Augusta National Golf Club
Lake Worth (CBS12) —
Ever since a special announcement was made at last year's Masters, Lake Worth's Alexa Pano has been playing hard, and working towards being a part of history. The 14 year old wanted nothing more than to play in the first ever women's golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. This past week she received official word in the mail that she had achieved her goal.
Pano has received the official letter from Augusta National Golf Club, stating that she has qualified as the youngest participant in the upcoming inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur Tournament. The event will be played at Augusta National Golf Club this April just before the Masters. The Junior Ryder Cup winner got a taste of Augusta when she won two straight National Drive Chip & Putt contests, but has always dreamed of playing at the home of the Masters.
"Since I was 5 years old I've been wanting to play at Augusta," says Pano. "To finally see it happening is so surreal. There's so much history there, and it's going to be awesome being part of a new type of history there with women's golf."
Pano, who recently won her third straight Junior Honda Classic, made history when she became the youngest winner in AJGA at age 12, and the youngest golfer to ever play in an a U.S. based LPGA Tour event.
"I think I'll do pretty well," says Pano. It should be a challenge, I mean these are 72 of the best players in the whole world. It will definitely be one of the hardest events I've ever played in, but I'm so excited."
The first two rounds of the Augusta National Women's Amateur will be played at the Champions retreat, and the top 30 golfers after that will play the final round at Augusta.