Megan McChrystal birdied the final hole of the Symetra Tour Championship Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to come out as the champion at a season-ending event that saw rain delays and a shortened final round that was called for darkness on Sunday. With one hole left to play Monday morning, the Louisiana State University grad sunk a 7-foot birdie putt to finish at 13-under.
McChrystal finished two strokes ahead of France native Perrine Delacour, who finished second after South Africa’s Paula Reto double bogeyed No. 16 before darkness fell on Sunday and opened up Monday’s finish with a bogey on No. 17.
While McChyrstal managed to remain calm and collected after leading or co-leading each round of the season-ending event, she shed a tear as the emotions set in following her second-career Symetra Tour victory.
“I think I might cry,” said McChrystal. “This gives me the confidence I need for Q School. Last year, I was terrified, now I know I’m ready.”
While the victory didn’t jump McChrystal into the top-10 of the season-ending money list to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2014 season, the $18,750 check was enough to place her in the top-20 with a bid to the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School in December.
“My goal was to make it high enough on the money list to make it to the final stage,” said McChrystal. “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could shoot par or better through four rounds. It’ll make Q School easier knowing that I am capable of doing that.”
The Stuart, Fla. native will return to Daytona Beach for the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, which will unfold December 4-8 on LPGA International’s Jones and Hills courses.
“I’m going to take a little time off,” said McChrystal of preparing for Q School. “I’ll probably play in some minor league events. The men’s minor league down in south Florida is very entertaining. I just want to keep working on my short game because I worked on it the week after Virginia and just putted for a week and did chipping. It was nice to see that pay off, you don’t always see results immediately.”