Pinkerton Academy golf star Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead has spent the summer of 2016 playing among some of the best competitors in New Hampshire, the New England region, and the entire nation, and enjoying a significant amount of success.
But she didn’t go as far as she would have liked at the most recent competitions in which she took part.
At the 41st Junior Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championships at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., from Aug. 9-12, the local teen missed the cut to championship play after shooting an 11-over-par 82 in her second round. That performance Aug. 11 put her at 15-over for the tournament, and the cut was 5-over par.
The Pinkerton junior, who plays out of the Windham Country Club, had no birdies during round two. She bogeyed holes number one, four, seven, nine, 14, 16, and 17, and had double-bogeys on five and 12.
A week earlier at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Golf Tournament at the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., the six-time reigning New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association junior champion faced off against some of the top amateur golfers in the world.
She was only part of the prestigious field of players through the first two rounds of stroke play. She shot a seven-over-par 149 during those first two rounds, tallying a 75 in round one and a 74 in round two.
The Pinkerton standout qualified for that major championship event by bagging one of six spots with a superb performance at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional Qualifying Tournament held at the Country Club of New Bedford, Mass., in July.
And just a few days prior – on July 6 and 7 – Thibodeau added still more hardware and prestige when she won the 2016 New England Junior PGA Championship at the Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass. By winning her division at that regional event, Thibodeau qualified for the 41st Junior PGA Championship in Rhode Island.
In late June – prior to the New England junior championships – the local teen claimed her sixth consecutive New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Junior championship, running away from the field with a record-setting performance at the Intervale Country Club.
Thibodeau set a Granite State junior women’s tournament record by firing a 7-under-par 66 there, which beat her own previous record of two-under set in 2013, while also breaking Intervale’s existing women’s course record.
Looking ahead, the Pinkerton Astro will be on the West Coast in California playing among the First Tee participants’ field for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach from Sept. 13–18.