Tanco suffers blow at Am
Thursday, August 6, 2009
ST. LOUIS — It’s an exhausted old adage, but nothing really describes match play better than “expect the unexpected.”
Victoria Tanco was introduced to that harsh reality in her Round-of-32 match against Korean Han Jungeun.
The Argentine fought back from a 3-down deficit and squared the match when Jungeun – who had a 1-up lead at the time – inexplicably went for the par-5 16th in two. She found water and lost the hole.
Momentum surging in her favor, Tanco hit her tee shot at the par-3 17th to 35 feet while Jungeun found a greenside bunker and blasted out to 20 feet.
Tanco raced her putt by 10 feet, and in a crippling blow to Tanco, Jungeun followed by holing her improbable par putt. A rattled Tanco missed her comebacker, surrendering the lead to Jungeun again.
Tanco stood on the 18th tee, muttering in Spanish to her caddie, Angel Monguzzi, who also serves as Vicente Fernandez’s caddie on the Champions Tour.
When Tanco’s birdie putt on the 18th came up short by a half-revolution, her fate was sealed.
Monguzzi, a friend of Tanco’s family, said he had experienced much worse in his years as a caddie, but he felt for his 15-year-old employer.
Tanco, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, lost in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior last month.