KOHALA COAST, Hawaii – University of Colorado women’s golf signee Brittany Fan won the 2013 Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open women’s amateur division title here Sunday, shooting 5-over par 221 (77-73-71). Her scorecard also placed her second overall and 10 strokes over her next amateur opponent.
“I’m very happy for Brittany and her win in the women’s amateur division of the Hawaii State Open,” CU head coach Anne Kelly said. “She seems to never give up on a round even when she may have a bad break. We are really looking forward to Brittany joining our team next year.”
Fan, who signed with CU in November, struggled on her first day of competition, but steadily improved for a strong finish. Fan was challenged early on a par 3 set between a bunker and water. Fan said she faced one of the hardest bunker shots she’s hit in a while when she hit a buried bunker shot with the wind and grain running away from her and towards the water. Though she chipped her way back onto the green, she missed her first putt and double bogeyed. Fan finished the front nine at an even par, with her two birdies helping to cover her tough double bogey.
Fan began the back nine with another birdie to put her 1-under par. Windy conditions made for a few more tricky situations, and Fan had to 3-putt on a par 3 and a par 5. Fan said despite the difficulties she had on a few holes, she played pretty well on the other 15.
Though she had issues with snap hooks in the final two rounds, Fan made seven birdies and continued to improve in her putting game to shed several strokes each day of competition.
“I did get some golf stress,” Fan said of the second round, “but because I was able to keep my emotions under control and keep grinding, I turned what could have been a disaster into something a little better.”
Fan’s next tournament will be the Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship in Florida. The Buffaloes begin the spring portion of their season on February 15 with the Peg Barnard Invitational in Stanford, Calif.