Daniela Iacobelli walked over to the pin to scoop her fifth birdie of the day out of the hole.
She’d just birdied hole No. 18, the final victim of Iacobelli’s back-nine barrage that lifted her from 3-over at the turn to a 1-under 71, tying her for 11th place at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic.
After a long 18 holes, she found her caddie, Emerald High School junior Anna Grace Brock, and put her arm around her.
For Iacobelli, Brock is more than just a caddie.
“She’s like my little sister,” Iacobelli said. “So we’re just out there hanging out. We’re talking about anything: social media, Instagram, songs.”
Brock, whose family also hosts Iacobelli during the tournament, caddied for Iacobelli in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Iacobelli missed the tournament in 2016 because she was playing exclusively on the LPGA Tour circuit.
“It’s great. I’ve learned so much from her. She’s like my big sister, so I learn a lot and pick her brain sometimes,” Brock said.
Iacobelli opened with back-to-back bogeys on the front nine, then added another on hole No. 5. But Iacobelli’s finish couldn’t have been any different.
Iacobelli played 4-under par after her third bogey, including back-to-back birdies to close out the round. Her tee shot on hole No. 17 left her about 6 feet from the hole, which she effortlessly sank; and she played down the middle of hole No. 18’s fairway, all the way to her birdie putt.
“It sucks when you miss a couple short ones, but I know that there’s a lot of chances for me on the back. I like the back a lot more,” Iacobelli said. “Once I got warmed up, I kind of flipped a switch and things started falling. It was fun.”
In addition to caddying all four days of the tournament, Brock will play Monday and Tuesday in the Class 3A state championship after qualifying as an individual in the Upper State boys golf tournament.
“It’s going to be tiring, but just go to bed early and I’ll be fine,” she said.
“She’s young,” Iacobelli added. “She can’t get tired yet.”
Iacobelli, who is sixth on the money list after two tournaments, could rise to the top of the list with a strong showing at Stoney Point.
She finished fifth at the Women’s Health Classic last year and tied for sixth in 2015.
But that likely won’t be the topic of conversation between Brock and Iacobelli this week.
The two are more likely to talk about what’s for dinner later, or ask if one has a song stuck in her head — the lighter side of conversation.
“Just keep it light and let her get to see this side of it, which I just think is cool in itself. I wish I could have done something like that when I was her age,” Iacobelli said. “So, for her to get our here a couple times, she gets to kind of learn, and if she wants to pick my brain, she can.”