At 14 years old, Ida Baker High School golfer Brittany Shin understandably doesn’t analyze her rounds with any kind of historical perspective.
And she was ready to walk off the course at Fort Myers Country Club on Monday leaving the 7-under 64 she shot to win the District 2A-20 individual title and help the Bulldogs qualify for regionals in the past.
Those working the tournament, and Richard Lamb, the director of golf at the 98-year old course, wouldn’t let her leave without recognizing a course record, though. Shin’s 64 was the lowest-ever round by a female at the course, one of the oldest golf facilities on Florida’s west coast, Lamb said.
It was a round to remember as the freshman notched eight birdies and just one bogey, winning the tournament by 12 strokes.
“My putting was good. My irons were good,” Shin said. “That basically sums up my whole round.”
Shin, who was followed by a small contingent including her father and church pastor, made a run at the overall course record of 61, but a few of her approach shots sputtered off of the fast greens.
“The course was playing very dry,” Shin said. “They ran a lot. Once it hit the green it just shot off sometimes. That was very difficult at times. I’d think I shot a great shot and it kept on rolling.
“With putting, I’m used to fast greens so putting on it was kind of easy.”
Fort Myers Country Club, a 100-acre municipal course, underwent renovation in 2014 and was redesigned during the $5.8 million-dollar project with elevated bunkers and greens. Six new water hazards in the form of filter marshes and lakes were also added.
Shin teed off on the 10th, starting with par, birdie, par before birdieing three of the next four holes to finish with a 31 on the front nine. She fired birdies on No. 3 and No. 6, but dropped a stroke on the seventh hole.
Picking up the game at age 4, Shin had big shoes to fill as her sister, Michelle Shin, was dominating area competition while playing for Canterbury. Michelle, a three-time News-Press Girls Golfer of the Year, went on to compete at Wake Forest and plays on the Symetra Tour.
“I feel like we played very similar at this age,” Shin said. “But, let me tell you something, with all these new clubs and new technology, I hit it further than she would have.”
Shin will play for a berth in the state tournament next week in the Region 2A-7 tournament at Port Charlotte Golf Club.