Bacoleña Maria Imelda Isabel Piccio literally weathered the storm as she topped the Future Collegians World Tour Girls 11-18 National Championships held May 23-25 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Despite the bad weather, the 17-year-old Piccio finished the tournament under par to pluck the title.
The young golfer from Bacolod City, who pursued her golf training in the U.S. at the IMG Academy under the tutelage of Kevin Collins, will be graduating from high school on June 5.
She is slated to enroll at the University of Florida where a 100 percent scholarship awaits her.
Piccio was recently named to the Second Team All American for the second straight year in FCWT and was cited as 2008 Most Dedicated Golfer award at the Leadbetter Academy.
Her spirit and passion for the game earned her the 2009 Maria Garcia-Estrada Memorial Award from her school. The award is given to a graduating senior who excels both in the golf course and inside the classroom