AJGA Natural Resources Partners Bluegrass Junior

Brianna Do, of Lakwood, California, chips onto the 10th green Friday during the final round of the AJGA Natural Resources Partners Bluegrass Junior at Bellefonte Country Club.

Compared to her father, Brianna Do had practically no jitters at all.

The 16-year-old from Lakewood, Calif., shot a final-round 74 Friday morning at Bellefonte Country Club to the win the girls division of the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior.

Do finished at 11-over-par 221 for a two-shot margin over second-round leader Candace Schepperle of Hoover, Ala.

“I was OK, but my dad (Max) gets so nervous,’’ Do said. “I can hear him over by the trees. He picks up little sticks or branches and breaks them.’’

Schepperle, Do and Molly Aronsson of Shelburne, Vt., were bunched at the top of the leaderboard beginning the day.

That’s nothing new for Do, who has been in plenty of pressure situations on the golf course. Just recently, she competed in a U.S. Women’s Open qualifier in her home state and shot 72-79 to make it into a playoff. She came away as a first alternate for the national tournament.

On Friday, Do posted two birdies and avoided big trouble to pull through.

“Me, Candace and Molly were all close going in,’’ Do said. “I played pretty steady until the end of the round. They had one really bad hole that messed it up for them.’’

Schepperle triple-bogeyed No. 13 and shot 7-over 77 for the round, while Aronsson triple-bogeyed No. 14 on her way to a 79.

Do built a cushion that enabled her to withstand a bogey-double bogey finish.

“We had to rush the last five holes or so,’’ said Do of the group being warned for a lagging pace of play. “I had a bad finish, but I’m happy to win. The course was a lot different this year. They took out a lot of trees, put in bunkers and moved some of the tee boxes.’’

Do becomes the second consecutive Californian to win the girls’ title. Last year, 13-year-old Jennifer Johnson of Carlsbad led the way with a 223.

The AJGA title is Do’s third. She also finished third in the California state high school tournament as a sophomore after winning the southern section.

Do placed fifth in last year’s NRP Bluegrass Junior. Her father was highly impressed with the event’s hospitality and promised outgoing tournament co-chairman Mary Jo Thompson that the family would return this year.

Brianna’s brother, Max Jr., shot 231 this week.

“It’s fun traveling and playing together,’’ Brianna said.

Do’s next scheduled stop is an AJGA tournament in Wisconsin next week.

“That’s if I don’t get a call for the U.S. Women’s Open,’’ she said. “I really want to get in.’’

Huntington’s Larissa Lynch tied for fifth with a 232 total. Lynch, a Marshall University signee, shot 76 in the final round. Russell High School’s Kaci Boyd finished 20th at 252.

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671.

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