Jao-Javanil Wins 2014 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open
(Crossville) Chirapat Jao-Javanil from Metairie, Louisiana claimed the 2014 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open title following her exceptional performance at Stonehenge Golf Club. Only her first time to play in the Tennessee Women’s Open, Jao-Javanil navigated Stonehenge like a seasoned veteran, posting 73-70-71, overall 2-under par 214—the only player to post a sub-par 54-hole total.
Following the first round, Jao-Javanil was tied for third with a cluster of other players including Samantha Swinehart, Amanda Steinhagen, and Franklin’s Courtney Shelton just one stroke back from the leaders. With no under par rounds posted for the first day, the leaderboard showed 15 players within three strokes of the lead. With a 2-under par 70, one of only four under par rounds for the entire event, Jao-Javanil tried to turn her focus inward to claim the lead. “During the second round, I tried not to think about the scores. The course is challenging, and I knew that if I stayed patient that eventually the putts would drop. I tried not to pay attention to what everyone else was doing. I did my best and hopefully would end up in a good position,” said Jao-Javanil.
Like her previous rounds, Jao-Javanil played relatively steady through tough conditions to maintain her position in the field and win the 2014 title. “Going into the third round, I had the same mind-set. I couldn’t control the outcome so my only focus was on what I should be doing—I just let things happen,” says Jao-Javanil. With a string of pars and a birdie on the par-5 second hole, Jao-Javanil made the turn at 35, 1-under par for the day. With two bogeys on the the par 3 eleventh hole and par 5 seventh hole, Jao-Javanil rebounded with timely birdies on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes. With a crowd surrounding the final green, Jao-Javanil coasted to victory with a two-putt par on the eighteenth to finish at 71, 1-under par, for the day. A five-stroke margin separated her from her nearest threat, Franklin’s Courtney Shelton and Morristown’s Ashli Bunch.
Jao-Javanil recently turned professional following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Thailand, she decided to move to the states and pursue college athletics. “The states have so much more opportunity and support for athletics. Thailand has no stage after junior golf, no stage to gain more experience,” explains Jao-Javanil.
Her entry in the Tennessee Women’s Open marks her first win as a professional and only her second event since she gave up her amateur status—her first being the Texas Women’s Open where she had a top-15 finish. “Now that I don’t have school to worry about, I have more time to work on my weak spots. There are so many great players that you have to keep moving to keep up with everybody,” Jao-Javanil explains. She hopes to make it on tour by working hard and trusting the process.
Riley Rennell, a 15-year-old junior from Columbia, took amateur honors by edging out Jefferson City’s Kendall Martindale, the 2011 champion. Rennell finished seventh overall, only ten strokes back from leader Jao-Javanil with an impressive 76-75-73 overall 224.
Many thanks to the City of Crossville, the title sponsor of the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, as well as to our host facility, Stonehenge Golf Club, and the many volunteers from the Fairfield Glade Community. The 2014 championship marks the eleventh year the event has been hosted in Crossville and the sixth year that Stonehenge Golf Club has played host for the championship.
For more information about the Tennessee Women’s Open, including results, visit www.tnwomensopen.com. The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open is one of seventeen championships conducted annually by the Tennessee Golf Association. Visit www.tngolf.orgfor more information about the TGA, located at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin.