The Golf Club at Ballantyne
August 22-24, 2011
Final-Round News and Notes
Lori Atsedes Wins LPGA T&CP National Championship
Lori Atsedes of Litchfield Park, AZ shot rounds of 71-71-73 at The Golf Club at Ballantyne to win the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) National Championship. Carolyn Hill of St. Petersburg, Fla. ended the tournament at nine-under par to win the $5,000 Senior Division (50-over) in commanding fashion.
Atsedes earned a one-stoke victory over former University of Arkansas Razorback Amanda McCurdy to earn a $9,000 winner’s check and an exemption into the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Atsedes and McCurdy began the day in a tie for the lead but a back-and-forth battle ensued on Wednesday morning after McCurdy birdied and Atsedes bogeyed the par-four second.
McCurdy, who is currently the lead golf instructor at the City of Arlington, took her biggest lead of the day after she parred No. 5 and Atsedes bogeyed to take a three-stroke lead.
A former contestant on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Kaanapali, Atsedes didn’t get shaken after a few early bogeys.
“I knew not to get too rattled about a few bogeys in the beginning because it’s a long day,” said Atsedes. “With this kind of golf course anything can happen. I just stayed steady, hit the greens, forced her to do something and she started doing something.”
It wasn’t until a two shot swing at the long par-three 16th that Atsedes took the lead after she birdied and McCurdy bogeyed.
Atsedes, who hasn’t hit the fairway all week at the difficult par-four 18th, went into the final hole feeling uncomfortable about her one-stroke lead.
“I haven’t hit the 18th fairway all week,” said Atsedes. “I have hit the 150 yard marker and I have hit the rough but I haven’t hit the fairway so I wasn’t feeling too confident.”
The LPGA Futures Tour veteran bombed her drive down the middle of the fairway and went on to get up-and-down just over the green to earn a victory in her first ever LPGA T&CP National Championship.
Hill fired rounds of 70-69-65 to win by 12 strokes over two-time defending Senior Division champion Dede Cusimano. The nine-under par three day total is a new LPGA T&CP National Championship tournament record.
The former LPGA Tour winner started out with a three putt bogey on the first but stuck to her game plan to play today’s final round.
“I started off the first hole with a three putt bogey,” said Hill. “I reminded myself there is still plenty of time so I just tried to play the course in three’s.”
Playing in her first LPGA T&CP National Championship, Hill credits her round that consisted of eight birdies and two bogeys to impeccable ball striking on the beautiful Golf Club at Ballantyne.
“Overall my ball striking was really solid and I was able to convert the short birdie putts,” said Hill. “It is just great to be here and play. It is a spectacular golf course and it is very demanding. You can go from birdie to bogey very quickly.”
Hill can now add LPGA T&CP National Champion to her already impressive resume that includes victories at the 1979 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and 1994 McCall’s LPGA Classic. She was also a member of the 1978 U.S. Curtis Cup team.