Ferreira adds PNGA Girls' Junior title to resume

Jordan Ferreira during the final round of the Annika Invitational at Reunion Resort.

The Pacific Northwest has produced more than its share of elite golfers through the years. Jordan Ferreira, 17, might be the next in line. The newest line on her resume came courtesy of a coveted Pacific Northwest Golf Association title – the Girls’ Junior Amateur.

Where Washington junior golf is concerned, Ferreira, of University Place, Wash., is becoming the girl to beat. She’s at the top of Golfweek’s rankings for that state, and is the reigning Washington Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, an accolade she earned after finishing runner-up at the 2011 Washington State 4A high school championship and qualifying for Washington’s Junior America’s Cup team (she finished 27th at that event).

Ferreira’s path to the PNGA title culminated in a championship match on Aug. 16 against Washington’s No. 3 junior, Marianne Li of Bellevue, Wash. That match made the turn all square at Sunland Golf and Country Club in Sequim, Wash., before Ferreira won on the 17th hole. It was easily Ferreira’s toughest of the week.

Ferreira says this victory ranks high on her list of golf accomplishments.

“I love the PNGA,” said Ferreira, whose name now goes on the same trophy as Pacific Northwest legends like JoAnne Gunderson Carner and Joan Edwards-Powell, both members of the PNGA Hall of Fame.

Ferreira, meanwhile, is hoping she gets to keep said hardware, if only for a year. That’s the way she understood the deal to work, but in the aftermath of the tournament, she left empty-handed.

“I’ve seen lots of big names on it,” she said with a laugh.

Among those, Ferreira’s fits. She opened the year with a T-14 at the Annika Invitational after holding the first-round lead, and has two top-10 finishes in AJGA events since. Not even 18, Ferreira already talks like a seasoned vet.

“It feels great,” she said of her golf success. “I love to play golf and I hope I’m an inspiration for younger players.”

With a year left before she heads to Notre Dame in the fall of 2013, Ferreira says she’s working on her DNA. It’s a swing thought from Coach Joe Thiel, who helped Ferreira totally revamp her swing three years ago.

“My swing, it’s pretty good this summer, but there are some tweaks I want to make before I go to college,” she said.

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