Caligiore continues consistent scoring
VERO BEACH, Florida – Battling through oppressive heat and a pair of courses softened by nearly a foot of rain, Aimee Caligiore continued her consistent play last weekend at the Florida Women’s Open golf tournament in Vero Beach.
The former Lake Placid Blue Bomber, who won the Hartford Women’s Open in June, fired rounds of 75-74 at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, wrapped around a 72 at nearby John’s Island Golf and Beach Club to finish tied for 16th among professionals and tied for 22nd overall in a field of 101 players. She recorded a three-day, 54-hole total of six over par 221.
“Thanks to all the work I’ve done with coach Nick Adcock, my tee-to-green game is really good,” Caligiore said. “I have great confidence no matter what club I grab. This part of my game has given me more good looks at birdie than ever before. I’m continuing to work now on my putting and convert more of those chances.”
The 29-year-old hit all 14 fairways in the opening round, nine of 14 in the middle round, and 13 of 14 in the finale. She found 37 of 54 greens in the tournament including 15 on Sunday, Aug. 11. Both courses played well in excess of the published 6,200 yards due to the soggy conditions.
The Atlantic Coast had been hit by severe daily afternoon and evening storms in the days leading up to the tournament. The deluge forced the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA) to allow the field to play lift, clean and place in their own fairways to avoid mud balls. But what the FSGA allowed as a result of the conditions was mitigated by hole locations that were tucked into front and back corners of virtually all 36 greens.
The course setup notwithstanding, intense heat also entered the equation. Temperatures reached 90 each day with high humidity forcing players to cope with real feels well above 100 degrees.
“Given that I live in Orlando, I’m used to playing and practicing in the same conditions,” Caligiore said. “But it was unique in that you could be aggressive in attacking the greens because they held the shots, yet the course crews did a great job creating really quick and consistent putting conditions. Once the sun started beating down on them, you had to pay attention to your speed.”
Former Ohio State standout Jessica Porvasnik emerged with the Florida Women’s Open title, shooting 69-71-69 for a three-stroke victory at six under par 209.
After a few days at home in Lake Placid, followed by a session with Adcock at Baker Hill Golf Club in New Hampshire, Caligiore planned to travel cross country to the LPGA qualifying tournament in Palm Springs, California, August 22-25 where more 100 degree plus days await.