JACKSONVILLE -- Seventeen-year-old golf prodigy Victoria Tanco has been trying to decide whether it’s time for her to turn pro.
The way she carved up the field at the Women’s Western Amateur this week, Tanco may have just convinced herself there’s no time like the present.
Tanco, an Argentine who trains at IMG’s David Leadbetter Golf Academy, rolled over Emma Lavy, 13 and 12, on Saturday in the 36-hole, match-play final at Sawgrass Country Club. She was 10-up through 18 holes and wasted little time putting away Lavy, a rising sophomore at the University of Arkansas.
“I never thought it would be easy,” Tanco told The Florida Times-Union. “I played really good, didn’t make any mistakes and (Lavy) couldn’t get anything going with her putter. When I start out well, I get more confident as the round goes on. I feel better about shooting at my targets and I make more putts. It carried over on every hole.”
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Tanco began the tournament by firing a course-record 66 in the first round.
Tanco has qualified as an amateur for next month’s U.S. Women’s Open.