After a difficult finish at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 11, Bailey Tardy admitted that she forgot about even being in a competition during the last five holes.
Heading to the 16th at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Tardy was one under for the tournament.
On 17, eventual winner Nelly Korda had a 10-foot eagle attempt. Tardy birdied, but Korda missed her eagle attempt and tapped in for birdie. The players were tied.
“It was shocking,” Tardy said. “My hands were shaking.”
Tardy would lose in a playoff after three putting the first playoff hole, while Korda calmly two-putted for par from 8 feet.
Tardy, who started playing golf less than five years ago, is ready to start her college career in 2015 (she has committed to Georgia) as she continues to pursue her dream of becoming a LPGA player.
“I thought I’d always go to Georgia playing soccer … Now I’m going there playing golf,” Tardy said. With multiple family graduates from the school, it’s in her blood.
Tardy started playing the game at age 12 after years of soccer and a trial run at tennis. After finding out neither sport was truly for her, she wanted to give golf a try.
It’s safe to say she found the right sport.
Last year, Tardy won a medalist honors at the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Kim Tardy, the young player’s mom, finds the medal to be Tardy’s biggest accomplishment yet.
“Lots of people can make a cut … But she got a medal,” Kim said.
As for Tardy’s summer plans, she hasn’t made a final schedule. However, she plans to spend some time improving her short game.
“It’s definitely my biggest weakness,” Tardy said. “If I get my short game under control, I think I have a chance at winning the Girls’ Junior.”
Tardy’s final goal before leaving the juniors is to win the championship, and this year marks her final chance to make that dream come true as she will play in amateur events next summer to get ready for Georgia.
“It’s exciting, it’s challenging,” her mother added. “I’m so proud of her.”