Editor’s Note: As the year comes to a close, Pinehurst will reveal its Top 10 Stories from 2017. We’ll have one recap a day with links to the original stories if you would like to reflect more. We appreciate your engagement with each of these stories and several others from throughout the year, and we look forward to making more news in 2018.
And since we like numbers at Pinehurst, that’s exactly how we’ll count these down:
No. 6: Isabella Fierro Makes History in Winning the Women’s North & South Amateur
Considering it’s the longest-running Women’s amateur championship in the country, whenever a new champion is crowned at the Women’s North & South Amateur, history is made anew at Pinehurst.
But Isabella Fierro’s triumph was a little extra special. While she is one of the youngest champions in history – Fierro is 16 – she is also the first North & South Champion from Mexico.
A past champion of the Mexican and the South American Women’s Amateurs – she won the latter tournament by 10 shots – Fierro called the North & South her “best win ever.” And in August, Fierro made a deep run in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She’s a star on the rise, and Pinehurst caught sight of that star early.
— Lorena Ochoa Reyes (@LorenaOchoaR) July 14, 2017
And it resonated throughout women’s golf. Fellow countrywoman and World Golf Hall-of-Famer Lorena Ochoa Tweeted Isabella her congratulations, and the achievement made its way up the ranks to Sports Illustrated, which featured Fierro in its popular “Faces in the Crowd” segment.