By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to South Florida PGA
WEST PALM BEACH (Sept. 7, 2021) – Gabriella Albert birdied three of her last five holes Monday to win the girls title in the Labor Day Classic, a South Florida PGA junior major at PGA National-Estates.
Albert’s fast finish enabled her to shoot 2-under 70 and post 2-over 218, a stroke ahead of second-round leader Lucia Ramirez (72-219) of Miami. It was Albert’s first junior major title.
“I have been having trouble finishing tournaments, but I reached a par-5 (15th) in two shots and almost made the eagle,” said Albert, a freshman at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. “Something changed after that with my emotions. The shots just fell into place."
“It hasn’t even sunk in yet. I was crying on the 18th green because I didn’t know I had won until one of my playing partners told me. I had no idea this moment would finally come.”
Pavel Tsar of Palm Beach Gardens won the boys title with bookend 67s to finish at 12-under 204. Tsar won by four shots over Mateo Desmond (68-208) of Pompano Beach.
Jason Shwartz of Wellington fired a 65 to finish third at 7-under 209. Sam Brown was fourth (71-214).
In the girls, Addison Klonowski (75-220) of Naples was third, Angelina Marie Guertin (72-222) of Boynton Beach was fourth.
The Labor Day Classic is run by the South Florida PGA and Presented by the Honda Classic. Supporting partners are Don Law Golf Academy, Titleist, The Fun Group at Mirasol, Junior Golf Hub, Tee Times News, Loyal Auto Broker, OGIO, TimberTech Championship, Biolyte, FGCU, ASM Scholarships and First Tee-Florida Gold Coast.
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