Almont’s Lauren Bone splits the fairway with this tee shot in the Aquafina Junior Pro-Am as professional Anne Marie Palli looks on.
July 11, 2007
ALMONT — Lauren Bone, who will be a junior this fall at Almont High School, competed Monday at the Aquafina Junior Pro-Am as part of the LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Toledo.
The event was contested at Highland Meadows Golf Course, an Arthur Hills-designed layout.
She was paired with France's Anne Marie Palli, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour who's current tour status is listed as retired. Her career highlights includes firsts at the Shoprite LPGA Classic (1992) and Samaritan Turquose Classic (1983).
Junior players Camille Walters, Kayla Groves and Ashley Skibski, all teammates at Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central, also played alongside Bone that day.
Their round started on the par-4 13th hole measuring 355 yards on the scorecard.
The opening test was a dogleg left layout. A tee shot favoring the right side of the fairway is the preferred shot, setting up the best angle to the green.
The double-tiered green is well bunkered, both front and back. A well-struck shot affords a player a makeable birdie putt opportunity.
When told her LPGA pro was a two-time tour winner, Bone said she was glad she didn't know about that information.
"I had some jitters there when I stepped up to the tee," Bone said. "Had I known that I was playing alongside a former tour winner that would have made it even more nerve-wracking," she noted.
"All I did was concentrate and put my shot in play. The tension was over after that."
Her pro-am team would go on to shoot a 9-under-par ttotal, good enough for fourth.
Lauren said the opportunity to play alongside Palli was a memorable experience.
"She was just a great person," Lauren said. "Our playing partners also were great to be around," she noted.
"It was really some thing to be out there walking along with a previous LPGA Tour winner. The experience is something I won't soon forget."
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