The 94th Texas Women’s Amateur Champion, Annika Clark of Highlands, adds another TGA major championship victory to her golfing career resume. The 2019 Texas Christian University graduate won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship with confidence at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio.
She carded a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday to post nine under for the tournament and win by three strokes.
Players took on the heat this weekend with temperatures reaching the upper 90s and heat indexes as high as 109. Clark set the pace on Sunday with her own fire.
“I wasn’t hitting it as close to the hole as I had been the past couple days and I was faced with a lot of longer putts and staying patient and working with what I had today,” Clark said.
Clark’s drives were long, chips were steady and putting was seamless. Annika had two par saves on the par-3 15th and par-3 17th. Her shots from the tee box did not leave her with ideal shots to the green. On 15th tee box, Annika’s ball was laying in the right sand bunker, but she was able to splash it out onto the green and make her par putt.
Clark plans to turn professional later this summer in August. She has put in hard work and dedication into her game.
“This is the first tournament I have played since regionals for school. It was really awesome to see all the hard work I’ve been putting in payoff,” Clark said.
Hanna Alberto of Kingwood finished second and Sophie Digesualdo of Austin finished third.
Clark’s parents, who are avid golfers, had high expectations for their daughter when they named her after Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 women’s golfer in the world when she was born in 1997.
When she was 3 years old, Clark rode in the golf cart with her dad. By age 5 she was swinging a club. Two years later she was playing in tournaments.
By the time she was 16, Clark had won three Legends Junior Tour events, including the 2013 Texas State Junior Girls Championship. She also who won three straight Class 2A high school championships for First Baptist Christian Academy in Pasadena and the AJGA’s 2014 BilliardFactory.com Jr. Championship.