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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Jacqueline Putrino

The junior girls golfer talks her golf origin story.

Jacqueline Putrino.
Jacqueline Putrino.
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Jacqueline Putrino is a junior girls golfer with Riverview High. She won the Class 3A individual state title Oct. 31 at Mission Inn Resort and Spa in Howey-in-the-Hills by shooting 3-under-par 141 over two rounds. It is Putrino's second-consecutive state title. The Rams also won the team title. 

When did you start playing golf?

My mom (Regina Putrino) played college golf at Auburn. I had plastic clubs as soon as I could walk. I started playing tournaments when I was 9. 

What is the appeal to you?

I always say it is the feeling of hitting a great shot. There's nothing like it. My mom and I talk about it all the time. 

What is your biggest strength?

I would say my long game but recently that has not been the case. My short game has come together. My putting last weekend [at states] was great. I'll go with that. 

What is your favorite memory?

This year's state tournament, hands down. Getting to win as a team was everything. 

What has been your biggest challenge?

The [mental] challenge of trying to fulfill your dreams. I want to go on tour. I want to be a professional golfer someday. I have to keep going. 

What is your favorite food?

I like cheese pizza, but light on the cheese. People sometimes make fun of me for that, but I don't care. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I have been watching 'The Blacklist' recently. I like that a lot. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would want teleportation, for transportation purposes. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Believe in yourself. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. It helps so much. 

Finish this sentence: "Jacqueline Putrino is …"

… Determined. 




Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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