Soaring to Victory

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Janie Jackson of Huntsville, Ala., was one-stroke down heading to the par-5 eighteenth hole.

From about 225 yards out, she stuck it to six feet on No. 18 for a chance at eagle.

The leader, Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., hit it to a little less than 20 feet for birdie. 

It was that moment that the air horn blew.

Rain, thunder and lightning blew through Vanderbilt Legends Club and Franklin, Tenn.

“I was nervous, very, very, very nervous,” Jackson said. “It was the longest rain delay I’ve ever been through in my life.”

One hour and thirty-five minutes later, play resumed.

Gabriella missed her birdie putt.

The stage was set.

If Jackson makes it, she earns her second career AJGA victory. If she misses, a playoff would most likely ensue.

She approached. Took her stroke.

And sunk it for eagle and the win.

“I think this was probably my last one of the summer, so it’s a good one to end on,” Jackson said.

  Jackson

 -Written by Sean Hirshberg, AJGA Communications

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