Jennifer Seo and Mattison Frick finish 1-2 at Pinehurst Resort
Two JGAA players topped a national field, finishing 1-2 individually at Pinehurst Resort June 27-29. Hamilton High School’s Jennifer Seo (73-71-67) won the individual title at 3-under par for the championship. Two strokes off the pace at -1, Liberty High School’s Mattison Frick (70-73-70) earned second place.
In the first round, played on No. 6, Frick made birdies on 15 and 18 to pull into second place at 2-under-par 70, one stroke off the first round lead. Seo sat T12, after a 1-over 73. In the second round, played on No. 1, Frick put up a 1-over 73, to again earn a share of second place, still one stroke off the lead. Meanwhile, Seo started to make her move, vaulting six spots up the leaderboard to T6 after a 1-under 71.
In the final round, played on No. 9, Seo fired the low round of the tournament, 4-under 67, to pull away from the field, clinching the individual championship. Arizona’s 2021 AIA DI Girls Golf Individual Champion moved up five spots from the prior day, thanks to an early birdie at No. 11 (No. 10 start) followed by two cinching birdies at 6 and 8 to cement the championship. With the win, she became the first Arizonan to win the Girl’s High School Golf National Invitational.
Frick, bound for University of Illinois in the fall, shot a final round 1-under 70 to finish in solo-second place at -1, two strokes off the pace. She also competed for the team title alongside teammates Teaen Sweet, Annika Saida, Brooke McGlasson, and Kaitlin Anderson. They qualified by virtue of winning the 2021 AIA DI Girls Golf Team Championship, and hoped to bring Arizona a second Girl’s High School Golf National Invitational since the Pinnacle Pioneers did it in 2020. They mustered a fourth place finish at 74-over 930 (312-309-309).
Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge High School also competed in the invitational, as the 2021 AIA DII Girls Golf Team Champions. They earned a piece of eighth place, shooting 101-over 957 (324-316-317).
About the Girl’s High School Golf National Invitational
This invite-only tournament field is made up of the top high school golfers across the country competing at a place as timeless as the game itself. The Girls Invitational is a 3-day, 54-hole stroke play event including team and individual competition.
Receiving an invitation to the National Invitational is quite an honor since only the best high school golf teams and individuals receive invites based on state championship performance. The Invitational brings together a wide variety of golfers from nearly all 50 states. Public or private. Suburban or rural. Small or large. All high school state championship teams, individuals, and their families are welcome at the Invitational.