CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – There may be no better springboard to the college golf season than to capture an important local amateur golf tournament, and the biggest tournament among the female golfers in the city of Clarksville.
AnnaMichelle Moore is a familiar name on the golf scene in Clarksville and she’ll start her freshman year at Austin Peay as the current champion of the 2014 Ladies City Amateur. Moore fired a 3-under, 71, during the Ladies City Am’s lone round Tuesday afternoon at the Clarksville Country Club — Moore’s home course.
“This is hugely important for me because I’ve never won a big tournament like this before,” Moore said. “I’ve come close a few times and I’ve been in contention before but I’ve never actually came out on top, so this is huge for me. And this will give me confidence going into the fall golf season.”
It’s the second time Moore has competed in the Ladies City Am. She finished in the top five two years ago but came away with the win Tuesday after being paired with Clarksville High’s Ally Smith as well as LaRae Davenport and Nancy Howell.
“I learned so much from Nancy and LaRae and Ally as well,” Moore said. “For me to play with Mrs. Howell was really special because she’s kind of this local legend and a great, great golfer. I just really watched them play and then went out there and tried my best.”
Moore was on fire on the front nine, notching a trio of birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9. She was 4-under at the turn.
“I had birdies on holes that I probably shouldn’t have had birdies on and I failed to make birdie putts on holes that I should have,” Moore said. “It was one of those days and golf is like that sometimes.”
Moore also knew she had to temper her excitement for the final nine holes.
“I was so excited at the turn,” she said. “And usually when I get that excited, things tend to blow up in my face.”
Moore kept her game on track, although her back nine was not quite as strong. She finished 1-over but maintained her lead. Sunny Ko Mitchell took second overall after carding a 76 while Davenport fired a 78 for third place. Howell and Hui Chu Silwowski tied for fourth with 82s.
“The biggest compliment I got was that they told me that they really enjoyed watching me play,” Moore said. “That was huge for me as well because I look up to Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Davenport and they said that they wanted to play with me again at some point. I was a little nervous that they may not want to after winning it.”
Moore graduated from Clarksville Academy last spring after playing three years at the private school. She originally was part of Rossview’s golf team but transferred to the Academy after her freshman year. She helped guide the Lady Cougars to its first ever Class A state golf appearance last fall.
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2014 Ladies City Amateur
1st – AnnaMichelle Moore, 71
2nd – Sunny Ko Mitchell, 76
3rd – LaRae Davenport, 78
T-4th – Hui Chu Silwowski, 82
T-4th – Nancy Howell, 82
The complete Ladies City Am scores can be found on B2.