Anna Swan, 15-year-old North East resident, has experienced great summer success on the golf course this year.
Most recently, the rising sophomore earned her way into the Notah Begay Junior Golf National Championship by qualifying at the Connecticut Regional on July 6 and 7.
Anna took second place in the 14-18 girls division, scoring a 75 and a 37 in a weather shortened competition at the Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn.
The top two finishers advanced to the National Finals, which will be held on Nov. 13-15 at Koasati Pines in Kinder, La., and will be covered again by the Golf Channel.
In June, Swan started her hot playing with a second-place finish in the AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior in Ashland, Ky. She had to go through the pre-tournament qualification tournament to gain entry, where she won a four-person playoff for one spot after shooting a 75.
Swan shot 73-71-70 in the three day tournament that followed, which resulted in 3-way tie for first with Iris Cao from Duluth, Ga., and Mia Nixon from Martins Mill, Texas.
Cao won on the first playoff hole, sinking a 15-foot eagle putt on the par 5 first hole.
The following week, Swan won the AJGA Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All-Star at the Millcreek Park’s South course in Boardman, Ohio.
Swan started the week off as the medalist in the qualifying round, by firing a 3 under par 67. In the tournament that followed, she continued her excellent play by posting rounds of 70-71-71, for a 2 over total, edging out Michelle Ho of San Ramon, Calif., and Sawyer Brockstedt of Rehoboth Beach, Del., by two strokes.
Swan birdied three of the final six holes to close the deal.
Swan also competed in the Girls PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Valhalla has been a host to the PGA tour’s PGA Championship on three separate occasions, and host to the Ryder Cup in 2008.
Both Swan and her sister, Lydia, earned a spot in this high-level competition by finishing first and second in the WNY Section qualifier at Glen Oak GC in Amherst, N.Y.
The top two finishers at Valhalla earned spots on the Jr. Ryder Cup team, which will compete against Europe’s top juniors in September, the week before the Ryder Cup event.
Swan missed the cut after the first two rounds, while Lydia did make the cut and finished in 70th place.
Up next for Swan is the sub-regional Drive, Chip, and Putt competition at Glen Oak in Buffalo, N.Y., and then she plans to compete in the EDWGA Stroke Play tournament at Downing Golf Club on Aug 14 and 15.