Lake Worth (CBS12) — Lake Worth native Alexa Pano has become used to making history, having been the youngest winner in AJGA at age 12, and the youngest golfer to ever play in an a U.S. based LPGA Tour event. Pano has now made history in a way she's been dreaming of for as long as she can remember. Playing a meaningful tournament at Augusta National Golf Club has been a goal since Pano first watched the Masters, and on Tuesday night the 14 year old received word that she's qualified for the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur Tournament, to be played this April prior to the Masters.
Pano will be the youngest of all of the the competitors in the event. Her victory at the Dixie Women's Amateur moved her far enough up in the World rankings, and allowed for her to qualify, despite some of the scores she achieved as a 12 year old bringing her down.
Pano is used to the pressures of competing at Augusta National, having won the Drive, Chip and Putt contest there twice. Confirmation of her qualification into the Augusta Women's Amateur comes just days after pulling off her third straight win at the Junior Honda Classic in the 16-18 age category.
The first two rounds will be played at the Champions retreat, and the top 30 golfers after that will play the final round at Augusta.