The tough conditions at Sara Bay Country Club made it no easy task for Esther Choe to earn her first career Symetra Tour victory at the inaugural Sara Bay Classic. But the fifth-year pro fought off rain delays, high winds and suspended play during the week to record a four-stroke win over Hannah Jun and Mi Hyang Lee. Choe shot a 3-over par 75 in the final round, recording four bogeys and her lone birdie on the par-3 16th hole.
Choe showed a sense of relief and said the win took some weight off her shoulders. The 22-year old has played on the Symetra Tour for five years and recorded two runner-up finishes in her rookie year (2007) and in 2010.
“I feel great,” said Choe. “It’s been a long time coming. I turned pro at 17, right out of high school and I was the No. 1 junior player so there were a lot of expectations and had a couple rough years. So I took some time off and regrouped and got it together and am glad I got this far. It just gives me confidence.”
Choe used a losing effort a few weeks ago in Morocco on the Ladies European Tour as a lesson and knew the final nine holes were where she needed to deliver the best part of her round.
“I was in contention and didn’t finish it off,” said Choe. “I took experience from that. I know that the back nine is really where the tournament begins and where I need to focus and play well and luckily I was able to do that,” added Choe.
Three players finished in a tie for fourth including Tara Goedeken (73-73-76=222), Mallory Fraiche (73-73-76=222), and Jacqui Concolino (70-72-80=222).
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