Alabama teen qualifies for Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

Mobile, Al. - The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is no stranger to Alabama golfers. On Monday, Huntsville High School teen Janie Jackson took to the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, with a familiar confidence.

In 2011, Jackson won the 6A high school state championship on this very course.

After 18 holes, the teenage bomber found herself tied with another amateur player, Casie Cathrea from California.

Extra holes would be needed to determine which of the young ladies would be the last to fill out the field, in Mobile.

Jackson made a clutch 20-foot downhill putt on their first playoff hole (No. 10). After her approach shot found the green side bunker.

Both players equalled each other's pars on No. 11, forcing the playoff to go to it's third hole at the Crossings Course, No. 12.

Jackson and Cathrea both had putts at par to extend the playoff even further.

However, Cathrea would three-putt for a bogey, leaving the door open for Jackson, who two-putted and secured the final spot for the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

This event will mark the second LPGA Tour event Jackson has qualified for, in the state of Alabama. She also Monday qualified at the Navistar LPGA Classic.

The Navistar takes place well north of Mobile, in Pratville, Alabama. The youngster would make the cut to survive to the weekend as well.

Jackson, who has recently returned from a three-month layoff in order to give her tender shoulder a break. Has been playing lights out golf since her return to the game.

"I don't think the layoff hurt me," Jackson said. "Maybe there's some burnout and it's good to take a break for a couple of months."

She may be right.

A week ago Friday, Jackson broke the course record at Goosepond with a 62 en-route to winning the Scottsboro Invitational.

We'll see if her course knowledge and stellar play since her layoff will continue this week, at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

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