It has been a very busy summer for Magnificat senior and Rocky River resident Jillian Hollis. Hollis has won the 2014 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) championship, at Sugar Valley Golf Club, then finished fifth at the Scott Robertson Memorial Invitational, in Roanoke, Va., and recently finished 10th at the Rolex National Junior Girls Invitational.
These finishes, along with her tremendous play last year, has earner her a spot on the Wyndham Cup team, which pits the top ranked girls and boys golfers in the U.S. From the East against the top ranked girls and boys from the West, at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. July 7-10.
“I’m so excited,” Hollis said. “This has been one of my goals since the beginning of the summer – to make this team – and it’s going to be so much fun.
“I’m really looking forward to it, because it’s going to be such a fun experience. It’s going to be totally different (from her normal play), because we will be playing with the guys, too.”
There are 14 overall female invitees for the tournament, including Hollis, Lakareber Abe (Angleton, Texas), Sierra Brooks (Sorrento, Fla.), Abby Carleson (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kristen Gillman (Austin, Texas), Megan Khang (Rockland, Mass.), Amy Lee (Brea, Calif.), Andrea Lee (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), Anna Newell (Tampa, Fla.), Hannah O’Sullivan (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Robynn Ree (Renondo Beach, Calif.), Maddie Szeryk (Allen, Texas), Bailey Tardy (Norcross, Ga.) and Elizabeth Wang (San Marino, Calif.).
“We have great leaders, and we’re going to have a great team,” Hollis said.
Hollis has already had a chance to become familiar with a few of her Wyndham Cup teammates.
“A lot of the girls were in the last tournament I played in (the Rolex Inv.), but I did not have rounds with them, personally,” she said. “A lot of the girls from the West squad were there also. It’s going to be cool, seeing all of them again.
“The thing about these tournaments are that they are so much fun,” she added. “You’re able to build relationships with a bunch of the girls there, and I just love being able to travel. I’m just so blessed by God, and my parents have given me so many opportunities to go out and do what I love.”
Hollis trains with Master Professional PGA instructor Bob Bourne at StoneWater Golf Club, in Highland Heights, and he thinks she has the skills and drive to go to the top of the golf profession.
“She’s the most committed student I’ve ever had,” Bourne explained. “First of all, she’s a lady. She’s generous, she’s kind, she has manners and has vision. She’s also a workhorse.
“She’s gone from ranked 163 to 21 in the AJGA this year,” he added. “How many kids can do that?
“This means a lot to me. This is part of all the stuff that she deserves. This means as much for an amateur, as The Masters or the U.S. Open means to a professional.
“I’m just happy that she is receiving all these invitations, because she deserves them.”
The Wyndham Cup will start off a trio of tourneys in July for Hollis, as she will follow that tournament up with the Canadian Amateur and the North-South Amateur tournaments.
“This will be a pretty busy summer, especially in July,” she said.