Annika Borrelli Plays With Sir Nick Faldo at First Tee Pro-AM

The team of Annika Borrelli and Sir Nick Faldo finished in fifth place, out of 81 teams, in the PURE Insurance Championship! In her three rounds, Annika individually had a 1-under 70 at Poppy Hills (site of our upcoming State Championship) on Friday, followed by back-to-back rounds of 3-over par, 75, at Pebble Beach on the weekend.

A Junior Tour of Northern California member, Annika didn't get the big prize, but she certainly left an impression at the PURE Insurance Championship. Representing the First Tee of Tri-Valley, Borrelli and Faldo held the lead at one point in the pro-junior portion of the event, but eventually finished four strokes off the lead.

Playing with pro partner Sir Nick Faldo, the team closed out the championship with a 3-under par, 69 on Sunday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. In Friday's first round at the Poppy Hills Golf Course, the two posted a 9-under par, 62. Individually, Annika had four birdies and an eagle in that round.

"It was awesome to be in the presence of a legend," Borrelli said. "It was such an incredible experience."

It was at Poppy Hills that Borrelli picked up her greatest tip from Faldo - believing in yourself. "We were on the 18th hole and I had 200 yards in. I didn't think I could get there," Borrelli said. "He told me go with my 180-club and just have confidence, to believe in myself."

Borrelli would indeed knock it on the green, and for good measure sank a 100-foot putt for EAGLE, which she then followed up with birdies on her next two holes.