Three years ago, when Boca Raton profiled Jaye Marie Green at age 16, the then-junior golf sensation credited her older brother, Matt, for piquing her interest in the sport. When Green saw how easily the game came to him, her competitive juices went into overdrive.
“If my brother is eating something and says, ‘Ha, look how much I ate,’ I’ll try and eat even more,” said Green, who first picked up a club at age 11. “But I’m also a hard worker. If there’s something I can’t do, I won’t stop until I figure it out. Say I was braiding someone’s hair, and I didn’t know how to do it. I wouldn’t stop until I braided that hair perfectly.
“That’s what I did with golf. I played nonstop to try and figure it out.”
Earlier this month, Green figured it out in style at the third and final stage of Qualifying School for the LPGA Tour at Daytona Beach. The Boca resident, now 19, didn’t just earn her Tour card, she dominated the field in record-setting fashion, winning the five-round tournament at LPGA International by a staggering 10 strokes. After opening with a 10-under 62 on the first day, Green shot rounds of 68, 66, 67 and 68 to finish 29 under par for the event—shattering the previous 90-hole total of 18 under by Stacy Lewis in 2008.
As always, Green’s father—longtime Broken Sound teaching pro Donnie Green (pictured above with Jaye)—was on the bag, caddying for his daughter, as he had all year while she played the Symetra Tour (where Green finished 29th on the money list).
“I feel like now my life is going to change,” Green was quoted as saying after the tournament. And then some. Green, who has full LPGA Tour status for 2014, has the opportunity to join fellow Boca resident Morgan Pressel at tournaments all over the world. The LPGA season kicks off Jan. 23 at the Pure Silks Bahamas LPGA Classic and runs through next November.
Unfortunately, another local, Stefanie Kenoyer—who was part of the “Reality Bites” feature in the current December/January issue—did not make the final-day cut at Q School. The Lighthouse Point resident never recovered from her opening-round 79.
Stars on the Rise
A brother and sister playing out of Stonebridge Golf and Country Club are making headlines of their own. Congratulations to Elle and Alec Nachmann, who won their respective age groups at the recent Junior Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. Elle captured the girls 10-11 category by five shots; brother Alec won his age 10-11 division by one shot. Both events covered 36 holes.
It’s been an especially big year for Elle, who, back in August, won the girls 10-year-old division at the 2013 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in North Carolina. Elle shot a final-round 64 to win that three-day tournament by three shots.