Adena Rugola made up three strokes in the final round Sunday to finish first in the Summer College Prep Series of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held on Penn State’s White course.
The Uniontown sophomore shot an even-par 72 on Sunday for a two-day total of 3-over 147. Exton’s Ava O’Sullivan, who held the first-round lead with an even-par 72, shot a 79 to slip into a tie for second place at 151 with Sinking Springs’ Kayla Maletto.
“I guess they looked at the leaderboard and started to press,” Rugola said of O’Sullivan and Maletto.
Rugola had a bit of a rough start in Saturday’s opening round with four bogeys, a double bogey and one birdie for a 5-over 41 on the front nine. The sophomore calmed down on the back nine by bookending birdies around seven pars to come back in 2-under 34 for a first-round total of 3-over 75.
She carried the momentum into final round, carding two birdies and one bogey to go out in 1-under 35. Rugola flipped the scores on the finishing nine with two bogeys and one birdie to come back in 1-over 37.
“Both days my irons were exceptional. And, my putting was spot on. I was making putts from 10 feet and in,” said Rugola.
Rugola did have issues with one club in her bag, though, but she figured it out as the round progressed.
“If anything hurt me, it was my driving. My drives were drifting left. I played to it,” said Rugola.
Playing in the final event of the summer season, Rugola said the key for her was to just go out and play golf.
“I think what really helped me to achieve what I did is I came in with no expectations. I just came back from vacation and only played a couple rounds,” explained Rugola. “I wanted to go out and have fun, and do what I do. No stress.
“I just wanted to go in my zone and play well.”
Bullskin Township’s Ella Zambruno finished tied in fifth place at 10-over 154 (80-74). Her twin sister Meghan placed alone in 16th with a two-day total of 21-over 165 (79-86).
Rugola’s teammate Madelyn Myers was 24th with a score of 186 (97-89).
Waynesburg Central’s Ray Behm tied for 19th in the boys 16-18 division with a two-round score of 16-over 160 (81-79).
The golf season now moves into high school play with official practice on Aug. 12 and first legal matches on Aug. 15. Rugola and her Red Raider teammates will call Uniontown Country Club home this fall, relocating from Duck Hollow Golf Club.
“We start practice Monday. I’m very excited for my sophomore year,” said Rugola. “I’m excited to move forward and see what happens.”