Ponte Vedra High School alumna and Jacksonville University women's golf junior Hannah Berman completed the Women's Orlando International Amateur Jan. 3-5 with a 71 to finish fifth in the event.
Entering the day T11, the first under-par round of the weekend enabled her climb 15 spots up the leaderboard over her final 36 holes. Berman’s final total was 218 (74-73-71), as she adapted to Orange County's Panther Lakes Course and improved throughout the event. She sank two birdies and managed par on all but one other hole on Saturday.
"It was a really great event and I feel like my game was in good shape to be near the top of the leaderboard," Berman said. "There were so many great players, a lot of them being friends so it was a fun reunion as well. This event is definitely a good way to kick off the spring season."
The fourth-year amateur event featured players from Michigan, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Baylor, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan State, UCF, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Iowa, North Carolina, North Florida, South Florida, Florida State and Louisville. Berman was the only Dolphin in the field and was paired in the final round with players from Florida and Mississippi State.
University of Texas signee Sophie Guo was the tournament champion, shooting a 69 on the final day for a four-under 212. The only colleges represented ahead of the fifth-place Berman were players from Texas, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisville. More than 20 countries were represented in the field.
With 43 pars and five birdies over the 54 holes, Berman tied for the lead with all players in the pars or better category. Over her last 45 holes, Berman only notched two bogies and played that stretch at even par. There were only five other under-par rounds in the field.