Portland Rosen won the Texas Golf Association Women’s State Amateur on Friday with a 3-and-2 victory over the Woodlands’ Kelly McGovern at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.
“This was my first time playing in a TGA event, and everyone couldn’t have been nicer. It means so much because Texas golf has helped me so much. It helped me get to college and now it’s helping me beyond,” said the 2014 grad of the University of Virginia.
Heading into the week, Rosen said her entry into the event was part of her preparation for the two biggest tournaments of her golfing career – the U.S. Women’s Amateur (Aug 4-10) at Nassau CC in New York followed by the first stage of LPGA Tour Q-School (Aug 26-29) at Mission Hills CC in California.
Her dream is to one day play on the LPGA tour, and her win in Texas is a huge step toward making that a reality.
“This is the best preparation,” said Rosen, who finished eighth at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Championship. “This was a great field, a lot of great players. Kelly played great today, too. I had to fight for everything all day.”
McGovern, who is a sophomore at TCU, rallied from a 3-down deficit in two previous matches but came up short in her bid for a third come-from-behind victory.
The match was all square heading to No. 13 where Rosen took a 1-up lead after her birdie putt found the bottom of the cup while McGovern’s putt lipped out.
“I felt like I was a little lined up wrong, and I hit the putt too hard,” McGovern said.
Rosen stretched her lead to 2 up after a McGovern three-putt on No.14. Then, after winning the tree-lined No.15 with a par to go 3 up, Rosen closed out the championship on No. 16.
When sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella, who is a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia, wrote his latest book, “The Unstoppable Golfer,” little did he know that two of his athletes would become unstoppable. Along with Rosen’s victory in Texas, incoming freshman Lyberty Anderson recently won the 89th Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Amateur.