Cindy Feng made eagle on the par-5 10th hole and sprinted past the field to win the 2014 Florida’s Natural Charity Classic by four-strokes. Feng fired a final-round 5-under-par 67 and finished 9-under for the tournament.
“This is my first win here on the Symetra Tour and it means so much to do it in Lake Wales which is close to home,” said Feng, who has lived in Orlando since 2005. “It’s just so nice to be out here and win.”
Jackie Stoelting, Megan McChrystal and Maude-Aimee Leblanc finished in a tie for second place at 5-under-par for the tournament.
Feng entered the day one stroke behind second round leader Maude-Aimee Leblanc. Feng found trouble early and dropped one stroke with two bogeys and a birdie over the first five holes.
The 18-year-old Symetra Tour rookie found a groove and made three consecutive birdies between the seventh and ninth holes to tie Leblanc and Karlin Beck at 6-under-par at the turn.
Feng seized control with an eagle on the tenth hole and a birdie on the 12th hole to move to 9-under. She proceeded to make six straight pars to close out the win.
“I actually had a slow start today, I made a bogey and then another bogey and I was a bit out of it and then I started sinking some putts and I hit a hot streak,” said Feng. “On the back nine, the wind started picking up and I had to stay patient and calm and make pars and just get to the next hole.”
In her third event on the Symetra Tour, Feng takes home a check for $18,750 and moves into the top spot on the Volvik Race for the Card money list at $22,484 through three events.
“This win takes the pressure off a little bit to know that I am able to perform well out here and to know I have a head start,” said Feng. “Knowing that I won the event with a bigger purse always helps too.”
Feng has conditional LPGA status through Q-School and plans on playing a full Symetra Tour schedule in 2014.
“Next one is in Longwood (IOA Golf Classic) and as of right now I’m looking at a full Symetra schedule,” said Feng. “Hopefully I can play some LPGA events, which would be nice also.”
McChrystal started the day in a tie for 18th and bolted up the leaderboard with a 5-under-par 67. The 25-year-old started strong with an eagle on the fourth hole. She made two more birdies on the front and added two more on the back nine.
Her lone hiccup was a bogey on the par-4 16th hole.
“I can’t ask for more than a 67 today, it got really windy on the back and I’m proud of how safe and consistent I played today,” said McChrystal. “I just felt like I was in really good control of everything today, which was nice.”
Vero Beach native Jackie Stoelting made back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes and played a steady round to finish tied for second.
Stoelting made 15 pars and just one bogey on the day.
Leblanc, who entered the day leading by one stroke, shot an even-par 72. Leblanc made two birdies and two bogeys on the round.
Sara-Maude Juneau fired a 4-under 68 to finish in sole possession of fifth place at 3-under for the event. Juneau started the day T22 and made six birdies to move into the top five.
Min Lee and Brittany Altomare finished in a tie for sixth at 2-under-par.