16 year old Hannah O’Sullivan Wins the Symetra
What an amazing feat by the 16 year old Hannah O’Sullivan, the only amateur in the field of 120 competitors, wins the Symetra Gateway Classic at Longbow GC by 3 strokes. She shot a 3 under par 69 for a three-day total of 67-66-69=201.
Hannah was given an exemption to play this weekend and is the only amateur in the field. At only 16 years old, she is certainly a rising star. She made the semi-finals at the US Women’s Amateur in 2014, represented Arizona at the US State Team Championship and represented the US at the Junior Ryder Cup tournament played in Scotland.
Press Release from Symetra
First-Round News & Notes
MESA, Ariz., February 20, 2015 – Chandler resident and Hamilton High School junior Hannah O’Sullivan has a chance to make history this week at the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club after firing an opening round 5-under 67 to stand two shots off the lead. Haley Italia stole the lead late in the day from O’Sullivan by carding a 7-under 65, tied for the lowest round in tournament history.O’Sullivan could also become the youngest player ever to win an event. Cristie Kerr currently holds the record as she won in 1995 at 17-years-old.A DAY TO REMEMBER FOR 16-YEAR-OLD O’SULLIVAN: Hannah O’Sullivan is mature beyond her age. She appears confident and unphased by the stage of a professional golf tournament.The 2012 and 2013 Arizona High School state champion carded a bogey free round with five birdies, four of which came on the front nine.“I was hitting a lot of fairways and a lot of greens today,” said O’Sullivan, who hit 14 of 14 fairways. “I was rolling the ball really well on the green so overall it was just a solid round and I feel good about my game.”She made a birdie on the second and then poured in birdies on the fifth, seventh and ninth holes to make the turn at 4-under. O’Sullivan’s final birdie of the day came on the 17th hole.“Definitely didn’t expect it (being near the lead),” said O’Sullivan. “I always tell myself not to have expectations and to take it one shot at a time. I knew my game was good going into this event and I really love this golf course.”Longbow Golf Club has been good to O’Sullivan. She finished second at the 2014 Heather Farr Classic, which is hosted at Longbow Golf Club. She finished third in 2013.“It helps to have a lot of competitive experience on this golf course,” explained O’Sullivan. “I know what I can get and what pins to go for. I’ve had a couple chances to win the Heather Farr here and I wasn’t able to close it out so I’m motivated this week.”O’Sullivan hopes to represent her community well the rest of the weekend.“I feel humbled and honored to represent the local area and I think this is just an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful for the sponsor exemption.”O’Sullivan has already committed to play college golf at USC in the class of 2018. She is currently ranked No.40 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).