Kennedy Pedigo had seized the lead after nine holes in the Fort Worth Girls Junior golf tournament at Shady Oaks on Wednesday before playing partner Kyong Kim, the 36-hole leader, dropped in an ace at the par-3 12th hole.
The effort cut Pedigo’s lead to one shot with six holes remaining and that’s when the former Fort Worth Paschal standout and SMU commitment said she turned on the focus.
Shooting 1-over on the back nine, Pedigo (73) held off Kim (77) to claim the Fort Worth Girls Junior Golf Championship by two shots with a three-round total of 221.
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I just needed to play my game and that just kind of reminded me that I can’t give it away here. I gave a few shots away on my last few holes on Tuesday and that was aggravating, but today was different.
Kennedy Pedigo reacting to Kyong Kim ace on the par-3 12th hole
“Yeah that hole-in-one was quite a shock for everyone,” Pedigo said. “It was one of those where I kind of had to tell myself that I still needed to play some golf here.
“I just needed to play my game and that just kind of reminded me that I can’t give it away here. I gave a few shots away on my last few holes on Tuesday and that was aggravating, but today was different.”
Indeed it was as Pedigo made only one bogey the rest of the way and a bit of that was due to tough luck.
On the par 5 15th, her second shot found a sand-filled divot just shy of the green.
What looked to be a birdie opportunity quickly turned into an effort to salvage par.
Still, Pedigo was on point with her irons, sticking her approach on No. 16 to 15 feet and making par, as she did on the final two holes as well.
“I just wanted to try and stay consistent this week,” Pedigo said. “I struggled with my driver a bit in the beginning but got out of trouble when I was in it and that was pretty good for me.”
For Kim, who will enroll at North Texas in the fall, it was a bittersweet day despite the hole-in-one.
At first I thought it was long and was thinking to myself that it was going to have to get down. But it just dropped right in front of the cup and rolled right in. For a second there, it was like a moment of silence.
Kyong Kim on her ace
The Crowley High School alum had a two-shot lead going into the final round, but opened with a front nine 40 that included a double bogey at No. 9 and finished in second at 223.
“At first I thought it was long and was thinking to myself that it was going to have to get down,” Kim said of the hole-in-one. “But it just dropped right in front of the cup and rolled right in. For a second there, it was like a moment of silence.”
Arlington Martin’s Trinity King finished in third after a final round 76 and 226 total. Mansfield Lake Ridge standout Aysis Azarcon finished fourth at 237.