Charlotte Wagner could be spending this summer at the beach or another vacation spot destination. Instead of spending the day at Six Flags, the Greens Farms Academy rising sophomore focused on 18 different flags — one for each of hole of golf she plays on a regular basis.
And is it ever paying off.
On Wednesday, Wagner won the Connecticut State Golf Association’s Women’s Junior Amateur Championship at the Race Brook Golf Club in Orange. She fired an opening-day 71 on Tuesday and followed that up with a final round of 82, giving her a two-day total of 153.
The result also placed Wagner fifth in the overall field of the Connecticut Women’s Amateur Tournament.
A day after bringing home the Junior title, which she won by four strokes over last year’s overall champ Sophia Sarrazin, Wagner said, “I was just going in for the experience. To honestly do as well as I did on the first day, it was unexpected. It was just awesome.”
That first-day round, where Wagner shot an even par 71, left her in second place overall—three strokes behind the leader and eventual tournament champ Kyra Cox.
“It was kind of surreal. I couldn’t believe it,” Wagner said.
Teeing off in the final group of the day in Wednesday’s round, Wagner didn’t play poorly. Just many of the shots that rolled in during the first round didn’t find the hole in the final round.
“I wasn’t striking the ball as well,” she said. “My driver was good, but my approach shots weren’t up to the standards they were Tuesday. I had a lot of birdie looks, but just didn’t convert.”
This latest tournament is just the most recent in the Wagner’s sky-rocketing golf career.
Earlier this month, competing with the Met team in the 2021 Enos Cup, Wagner posted the low round of the day against golfers from Massachusetts and Philadelphia while also helping the Met team win the team title.
Wagner has been focusing on the physical aspect of the game, focusing on personal training and ball-striking ability.
“It’s meant almost everything,” Wagner explained of her hard training. “It’s physical, but it’s also mental. I’ve been working out for nine months now and I have gained so much yardage and I have so much control now in the way my body moves and the way I move my swing. It’s made me a much better golfer.”
She has a handful of tournaments lined up in August, including the CSGA’s Borck Junior Championship August 2-4 at the Silver Spring Country Club, and a handful of national American Junior Golf Association events.
“Those are really big tournaments with some of the best players from all over the U.S.,” Wagner said.
So while many of her friends and classmates are creating different kinds of memories this summer, Wagner is happy to get back out on the golf course.
“This is my favorite way to spend summer,” she said.