After a rough Day 1 at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships, six of Guam’s 16-member golf contingent improved on Day 2.
The IMG Worlds is taking place from July 8 to 12 on various golf courses throughout San Diego, California.
According to the IMG website, the tournament boasts more than 1,200 participants from 56 countries and 42 states.
Tyanna Jacot, 11, during Wednesday’s girls 11-12 division second round, improved her Day 1 total by seven strokes. Jacot, who previously struggled on the Torrey Pines Golf Course-North in La Jolla, California, jumped six places to finish tied for 68th. With a 6-over-par for the day, two birdies on the back nine boosted her confidence.
“Tyanna’s highlight for the day was a 30-foot putt,” said Grace Jacot, Tyanna Jacot’s mother. “I’m sad that I wasn’t there to see it.”
“I kind of knew that something great had happened because of the expression on her face," she said. "She was really excited.”
The birdie, on par-4 hole No. 12, was her first of the tournament. For the next two holes, Tyanna Jacot played her best golf.
“I was confident,” Tyanna Jacot said, remembering the boost she received from draining the 30-foot putt.
Tyanna Jacot said that on Day 2, her shots were straighter and her "driver did pretty good today.”
Jacot, aiming for even par on today’s Day 3, feels humble and appreciates playing alongside the world’s best junior golfers.
“I’m honored to be here,” Jacot said. “A lot of them are really good.”
“They are taller than me and bigger,” she added.
Mark Nanpei, Guam National Golf Federation director of junior golf, said he expects Jacot’s Day 3 score to lower.
“Tyanna is one of our most promising junior golfers,” Nanpei said. “I expect big things from her. She is capable of going lower (today).”
Danny Zheng, Trey Jacot, Elsa Paulino, Krisana Fenton and Alan Gutierrez, five other Guamanians playing in the tournament, each dropped strokes on Day 2.
“The competition that our junior golfers go through in San Diego is at the highest level,” Nanpei said. “The pressure that they go through is immense. You can only get better as an athlete when experiencing such an immense challenge.”