Sunday, January 13, 2019




Emilia Migliaccio with the Harder Hall Women's Invitational trophy
Fuller sisters finish in top 10 at Harder Hall, Florida
SEBRING, Florida – Emilia Migliaccio’s short but spectacular history on the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit ended with a specially carved figurine trophy. A local artist wanted to make sure the piece, which had been sitting on his shelf for several years, found a good home. The hardware at the Harder Hall Invitational has varied greatly over the years. Aree Song took home a couple of lamps when she won in 2002 and ’03. It’s all part of the historical event’s charm.
Migliaccio, a first-time Harder Hall participant, won the South Atlantic Amateur (known as the Sally) last year in her first try too. She won’t be in Ormonde Beach, Florida, next week though to defend as she’s needed back on campus at Wake Forest. The 19-year-old sophomore heads back to class brimming with confidence after winning a three-hole play-off against Lei Ye, a Stanford University commit.
“It feels so amazing, both of those tournaments are so special,” said Migliaccio, who this week received an invitation to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
“I’m so fortunate that, blessing in disguise, I couldn’t play the Sally and could come down here.”
Ye, a high school senior who goes by the name of Angelina, put on a clinic with the wedges Saturday, posting five birdies in a closing 4-under 68. She rushed out to the 18th green to see how good friend Migliaccio finished.
“I felt so good over my second shot on 18,” said Migliaccio, who drew a gap wedge to 3 feet from 117 yards.
The closing birdie gave Migliaccio a closing 71 and put the two knotted at 4-over 289. The play-off finish wasn’t exactly pretty – Ye pulled a 5-iron out of bounds on the third extra hole from 165 yards. Migliaccio won with a bogey.
“Definitely very unfortunate that I had to end a play-off like that,” said Ye. “But I have been struggling with my longer irons for a little bit now. That’s definitely something that I’m going to go back and work on, just drill it out.”
Three years ago Ye moved from Shanghai to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The transition was made easier by the fact that she enrolled in an English-speaking school in China in the fifth grade.
Ye, who travels next to the Annika Invitational in St. Augustine, Florida, to defend her title, went in for a hug from Migliaccio during her post-round interview. The pair have been friends since they met three years ago at an American Junior Golf Association invitational tournament.
While the players had no idea how tight the race was in regulation play, Migliaccio’s mother, Ulrika, was well aware. Ulrika walked ahead, keeping tabs on how things stood. The Swedish native played on the national team with Annika Sorenstam and overlapped one year with the LPGA Hall of Famer at Arizona.
“We were very dominant,” said Ulrika, “we won all the tournaments except nationals.”
Vision54’s Pia Nilsson was the Swedish national coach when Ulrika was a young amateur. In 2017 and ’16, Emilia spent time with Vision54 instructors over her Christmas break. Ulrika, who oversees all of Emilia’s coaching, said the sessions helped and that her daughter now has everything she needs.
“We have all the tools,” she said. “We don’t need more tools.”
But the trophies, well, those can keep coming.
England's Fuller sisters, Annabell and Samantha, finished in the top 10, Annabell sharing third place with Anna Redding and Samantha occupying ninth place on her own.


64th Harder Hall Women's Invitational 
Harder Hall Golf Club, Florida 
FINAL TOTALS
1 Emilia Migliaccio (USA) * 73 72 73 71 289
 *won at third hole of sudden-death play-off
2 Lei Ye (China) 73 78 70 68 289
T3 Annabell Fuller (England) 75 74 71 73 293
T3 Anna Redding 72 72 75 74 293
5 Tuan yu Chiang 76 74 73 72 295
6 Yoon Min Han 72 74 78 72 296
T7 Latanna Stone 72 75 79 72 298
T7 Mariana Ocano 74 79 74 71 298
9 Samantha Fuller (England) 74 76 77 75 302
T10 Sarah Bae 73 77 77 76 303
T10 Maria Donado 75 74 75 79 303
12 Meghan Stasi 79 77 78 72 306
T13 Ffion Tynan (Wales) 82 72 74 79 307
T13 Riley Smyth 76 78 79 74 307
T13 Kendall Griffin 77 79 75 76 307
T13 Brynn Walker 75 80 76 76 307
17 Yeji Shin 78 79 77 76 310
18 Haili Moore 83 76 81 74 314
19 Rebecca Skoler 80 80 81 74 315
T20 Caroline Hwang 83 82 73 78 316
T20 Ashleigh Albrecht-Hatton 83 79 76 78 316
22 Jayna Choi 82 78 79 80 319
T23 Julia Goodson 85 83 80 74 322
T23 Sarah Noonan 83 79 85 75 322
T25 Courtney McKim 81 79 84 79 323
T25 Abby Hermann 80 81 86 76 323
T27 Martha Leach 82 86 81 78 327
T27 Rivekka Jumagulova 85 81 81 80 327
T29 Shawn Rennegarbe 83 81 85 83 332
T29 Alaina Bowie 78 87 81 86 332
31 Haylie Turnquest 88 85 85 79 337
32 Annie Pietila 90 86 81 82 339
33 Alicia Porvasnik 84 86 84 87 341
34 Julie M Carmichael 85 88 88 84 345
35 DeAnne Stolarik 82 93 91 85 351
36 Maggie Pietila 89 89 86 88 352
37 Mary Hansberger 99 86 90 88 363
38 Ruth Anderson 98 103 91 91

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