ROSWELL, GA., July 13, 2013 – Alicia Dibos defended her title today to win the second annual Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge presented by Jones Lang LaSalle.
Dibos and Nancy Scranton were tied at one-under 70 after regulation at the Country Club of Roswell. The pair played two extra holes, returning twice to the par-5 18th. Scranton took bogey on the second playoff hole, while Dibos won the 18-hole tournament with a par.
“I wanted to win again and it’s so nice to get back-to-back wins on this course,” said Dibos, of Peru, who is the director of instruction at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. “I never gave up, and now I’m a two-time winner on The Legends Tour.”
On the final hole, Scranton’s approach shot into the green landed 35 feet from the hole. Her birdie attempt stopped eight feet from the cup and her par putt slid to the left, forcing her to tap in for bogey.
Dibos’ wedge into the green on the last hole landed 20 feet from the flagstick. The LPGA Tour veteran missed her birdie attempt, but drained a three-foot par for the win.
“I putted really well and stayed aggressive,” added Dibos, who earned $15,000 for the victory and became the first Legends Tour player to win the same tournament consecutively.
Scranton, a native of Illinois and resident of St. Augustine, Fla., collected $12,000 for her runner-up finish. She won the Legends Tour’s Florida tournament in April and will return to defend her title in two weeks at the Legends Swing for the Cure tournament in Seattle.
Dibos had plenty of chasers today. Tournament host Rosie Jones of Atlanta was in the hunt until she took double-bogey on No. 17, but Jones birdied the last hole to move into a tie at even-par 71.
LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King got to 3-under par in her round, but stumbled late in the round and finished at even-par 71. King dropped into a tie for third with Jones, Jenny Lidback, Laurie Rinker and Sherri Steinhauer. Steinhauer finished as runner-up in last year’s event.
The Legends Tour, the Official Senior Tour of the LPGA, offered a $120,000 purse for the professionals in today’s 18-hole event. Working with the Judson Collegiate Invitational Foundation, the event brought together 60 top female college players to compete alongside 30 LPGA Legends Tour professionals in a special pro/collegian team best-ball competition.
College players began the first round of the collegiate stroke-play tournament today. The stroke-play event for collegiate players will continue Sunday and Monday, July 14-15.
For complete scores of the Legends Tour’s professional tournament, please visit: http://leaderboard.thelegendstour.com/?TID=42