It all came down to the 18th hole during the final round in the Fort Worth Girls Junior Golf Championship at Woodhaven Country Club.
Jaqueline Strickland, 18, of Weatherford and Erica Lautensack, 15, of Arlington were tied going into the final hole Wednesday. Lautensack bogeyed, but Strickland made par to be crowned champion.
Angela Stanford, a former TCU star and current LPGA player, presented the trophy to Strickland.
Strickland said it was pretty cool to win.
"I hit the ball better and I made a lot more putts," Strickland said of her round. "I haven't hit the ball very well the past couple of days so I was kind of dreading that but obviously I hit the ball better."
Strickland and Lautensack finished the final round the way they started. Both players shot the same score the final two days of the tournament -- 77s on Wednesday after 78s on Tuesday. But Strickland opened with an 80 while Lautensack had an 81.
Lautensack said she knew she could win.
"I knew the course very well and was practicing, so I felt I would do good," Lautensack said.
Strickland led Lautensack by two strokes after 15 holes. Strickland's tee shot on 16 landed on the right side of a tree, and she was forced to hit left-handed on her second shot. She said the ball landed on a twig, which caused her third shot to travel only 20 yards.
Strickland two-putted for a double bogey. Lautensack made par.
Both players made par on the No. 17 hole, setting up the showdown at 18.
Strickland, who will attend Cameron University this fall, started playing golf four years ago when her dad got her into the sport. She started to take golf seriously during her sophomore year of high school after breaking 90.
"You don't really love golf until you start seeing improvements," Strickland said.
Finishing in third place and five strokes behind was Marisa Marquez of Amarillo. The 12-year-old said she will be back next year.
"I'll learn and next year I'll be a lot better than I am right now, hopefully," Marquez said. "I'll just do better next year and work on my game a little bit more."
Defending champion April McCoy, 18, of Carrollton finished in fourth place, seven strokes behind.
"It was a learning experience," said McCoy, who will attend TCU in the fall. "My dad always tells me to learn from each tournament and take it to the next and don't make the same mistake twice, so I just need to work on the mental game."
Travis Detherage, 817-390-7760