IOA Championship returns to Beaumont, CA in 2021
March 23-28, 2021
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon
36211 Champions Dr
Beaumont, CA 92223
Fatima Fernandez Cano – Winner of 2020 IOA Championship
Heading into the final round of the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Fatima Fernandez Cano (Santiago, Spain) held a one-shot lead. That cushion was all the Troy University alumna needed, as Fernandez Cano fired a 3-under par 69 to close out a 12-under overall performance and step into the winner’s circle for the first time in her Symetra Tour career.
A four-time All-Sun Belt First Team selection for the Trojans, Fernandez Cano recorded two early birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 of Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. She then added three birdies coming in before a two-putt par at No. 18 sealed victory for the third-year “Road to the LPGA” professional.
“The very beginning was the toughest part just because it’s easy to get ahead of myself,” said Fernandez Cano, who hit all 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation. “Doing my breathing exercises to just stay in the moment was huge for me. That was it, took it one step at a time. I had a bogey on No. 9 and that could have been a turnaround, but I made sure to bounce back strong and continue to do my thing of hitting fairways, greens and take my chances.”
The title comes after finishes of tied for sixth at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in March and solo fourth at the Founders Tribute a week ago. This time around, however, Fernandez Cano takes home the trophy in her 43rd career Symetra Tour start.
“I feel like in a way it has been a long time coming,” Fernandez Cano said. “I’ve been feeling really good about my game lately and I’ve been in contention many times out here between last year and this year. I finally got it done and I don’t really have the words to express it. It’s just a little bit overwhelming.”
Jillian Hollis – Winner of 2019 IOA Championship
Heading into the last four holes of the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Jillian Hollis (Rocky River) was 5-over par in the final round. Needless to say, she saved her best for when it mattered most.
A three-time All-American while at the University of Georgia, Hollis recorded birdie on the par-3 15th and followed that up with an eagle on the par-5 16th. A pair of pars coming in was enough to capture her first career Symetra Tour victory at 4-under par overall.
“I didn’t realize how windy it was going to be,” said Hollis, who carded a 2-over par 74. “I played in the afternoon and had a really good score. I was hoping it would die down a little bit, but it never did. To finish and get that momentum down the stretch was super great.”
The breakthrough win comes after finishes of tied for eighth at the SKYiGOLF Championship and tied for 20th in the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. On top of it all, she lost a sudden-death playoff in her Symetra Tour debut at the 2018 Forsyth Classic presented by Decatur Parks District.
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