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On Other Tours: Kwak Win Inaugural Chico's Patty Berg Memorial

Min Seo Kwak used a string of four consecutive birdies early on the back nine and shot a 3-under-par 69 to win the inaugural Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday at Cypress Lake Country Club.   

Kwak entered the day one stroke in front of Jean Reynolds and two strokes in the clear of Stephanie Na.  Kwak traded spots atop the leaderboard with Na for much of the front nine. 

She caught a hot hand with the putter on the 11th hole, which started a string of birdies through the 13th hole to seize control of the tournament. 

“It’s really nice to win this week, I’ve worked harder this year than I did last year,” said the 23-year-old Kwak.  “I wish my mom was here to see my win, but it feels great to win.” 

Kwak has played on the Symetra Tour since 2009 and went 64 events without a win.  She had five previous top-10 finishes.   

Although there was no rain to contend with on Sunday, there was still a gusting wind at times to navigate and Kwak managed very well.   

“I adjusted to the wind well today, selected the right club and read the greens well,” said the Seoul, South Korea native.  “I just put the ball in the hole.” 

Kwak was aware of her position at the turn, tied with Na for the lead.  She bogeyed the tenth hole to fall into second place.   

“I was looking at the leaderboard all day and knew I needed to start to birdie some holes,” said Kwak.  “Once I made four birdies in a row, I knew I had a good chance to win.”’ 

With her first career win, Kwak moves into fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.  Her winner’s check of $15,000 brings her five event total to $19,556.   

Kwak also received the inaugural Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial Winner’s Jacket. 

“It’s really comfortable and it’s really nice to wear.” 

Adelaide, Australia native Stephanie Na shot a 1-under 71 and finished in solo second place at 4-under 212 for the weekend.  She finished three shots off the pace. 

With her second place finish, Na moves into 13th place on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.  In just two events played, Na has earned $10,161.   

Demi Runas and Cindy Feng finished in a tie for third at 2-under 214.  Runas fired a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday to jump 20 spots up the leaderboard. 

Feng has now finished in the top-5 in five consecutive events.  She is the Volvik Race for the Card money list leader at $41,407.

Topics: On Other Tours, Symetra Tour

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