Caligiore finishes tied for 4th in Florida pro tourney

Aimee Caligiore

HAINES CITY, Fla. –Lake Placid native Aimee Caligiore fired a final round even par 72 on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Southern Dunes Golf Club, rallying to a fourth-place tie in the event that is part of the Eggland’s Best Ladies Pro Golf Tour.

Caligiore’s even-par effort to close the tournament over the wind-swept course was the second-best score of the day.

With central Florida feeling the fringe effects of several tropical storms, the three-day event saw the opening two rounds on the 6,559-yard course made increasingly more difficult with winds in excess of 30 mph. Caligiore opened with scores of 79 and 78 while the Haines City layout, about an hour southwest of Orlando, played to a scoring average of 78.9 over the initial 36 holes.

On the final day, as gusts blew out of the region, the field averaged just over 74.

Monifa Sealy of Trinidad and Tobago captured the title by one stroke over Thailand’s Shinnaphatcha Phuchanbanchob.

Sealy posted 9 over par 225 for the three rounds. Caligiore finished four shots behind the winner.

“Those first two days were as tough as it could get,” said Caligiore, a former Lake Placid Blue Bomber. “There were times my eyes watered because of the wind. It even affected the putting. These greens are quick to begin with. The wind on Monday and Tuesday made them really treacherous.”

Nevertheless, the St. Lawrence University All American, sponsored by Rock Bottom Golf and Team Worldwide, led the field with 38 pars over the 54 holes, highlighted by a third round that saw her hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 greens.

It was her first tournament since finishing in the top five at the Hartford Women’s Open last month, a tournament she had won in 2019.

“This summer, I’ve put in some really good work with my coach Nick Adcock,” Caligiore said. “He’s helping me refine my swing and makes things easy to understand. I feel really good about it right now and feel like even better rounds are coming.”

The Eggland’s Best tour continues through October with added events in the Orlando area.