In the end it wasn't meant to be. Jean Reynolds' quest to become golf's National Champion for women came off the rails with a final round of 77 to finish in a tie for seventeenth. South Korea's Eun Hee JI stormed past Cristie Kerr to win the ladies' most prestigious championship.
The young lady from Newnan, nicknamed "Peanut" by her UGA sorority systems, demonstrated true grit through the first 72 holes played on the extremely difficult Saucon Valley course. The course, perhaps aided by the pressure of the moment, would prevail during Reynolds' final round.
While Reynolds failed to earn the automatic LPGA touring card that comes with a top 10 finish in the open, the Newnan, GA native currently sits atop the developmental tour's money rankings and has a great shot of earning her LPGA credentials by finishing in the top 10 earners.
To tie for 17th best in the world is an amazing accomplishment for the "girl next door" from Newnan. Hers is definitely the path less traveled in the ranks of professional golf. I certainly look forward to seeing more of "Peanut" on the links. Maybe next time she will be "butter".
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