With two big wins in two weeks, Destin’s Madison Tenore is leaving her mark on the golf course.
Last week she took first with a 1-under par in the Marvin DeBolt Daily News Classic at Eglin Golf Course and now she has won the 60th annual Divot Derby, 12 strokes better than her competition.
“This was one of my bigger wins,” said the 15-year-old Tenore who plans to attend Niceville High School this year.
With the win, Tenore’s name will be placed on the trophy, along with past champions such as PGA winners Jerry Pate and Bubba Watson, who is now sponsor of the Divot Derby.
The three-day Divot Derby kicked off Monday with the 14-18 year old division playing at Perdido Bay where Tenore shot a 68, 4-under par.
On Day 2, she shot 1-under par with a score of 70 at Scenic Hills, near Cantonment.
Going into the final round, Tenore was leading by 11 strokes.
On Day 3, Tenore finished up with a 74, 2-over par at Tiger Point.
“It was good until the last five holes,” Tenore said. “I did more scrambling.”
On hole No. 14, she hit a bad shot into a trees. Then she hit a branch on the second shot, but on shot three she was able to get out of trouble and managed to par the hole.
However, it was her first day that set the stage for her success.
“It was awesome,” she said.
Not only was she hitting it well off the tees, but she was sticking her second shots and putting well on the greens. Everything was working.
“Winning this tournament is a big deal,” said Tony Tenore, her proud father.
Tony was also proud of her win last year in the Pensacola City Championships where Madison pulled out a win against a college scholarship player.
Following the Divot Derby, Tenore plans to take a week off to visit family in Ohio before getting back on the links.
Up next for Tenore is the FSGA Junior Team Championship at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice from Aug. 5-6.