Marissa Steen captured her third victory of the season in impressive fashion firing a bogey-free, 6-under, 66 to claim a four shot victory at the Eagle Classic Presented by Bag Boy at Richmond Country Club.
“It feels just as good as the first two,” Steen said. “Being tied for the lead going into Sunday and then putting up a solid round was great. I just wanted to stay within myself today and feel like I did that very well.”
With the third victory, Steen has the option to play on the LPGA Tour for the remainder of this season in Category 13 on the Priority List. Steen will be eligible to compete in events beginning with Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions. Since Steen does not currently have any status on the LPGA all of her money earned in LPGA events this year will be unofficial.
“I talked with one of the officials after the round and it sounds like I can get into the tournament in Portland so I’m going to definitely think about that and talk it over with my family,” Steen said. “I haven’t made any decisions yet but I do plan on playing in Daytona for the last Symetra Tour event of the year.”
Steen, who entered the day tied for the lead at 8-under, started her day with three straight pars and then got hot making birdies on five of her next seven holes to go from a three-way tie for first into a three-shot lead thru 10. From there, Steen used a birdie on the par-5 13th and seven pars to cruise to victory with her lowest round of the week.
“It feels really good to go out and have my lowest round of the week on Sunday,” Steen admitted.
The victory also takes Steen to No. 1 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list and gives her something to celebrate during the Symetra Tour’s two week break.
“To just relax,” Steen said of what she plans to do with her time off. “That’s honestly one of the big things that will factor into my decision about going to Portland because I’ve been on the road for five weeks so it’s been a long stretch on the road and I’m really looking forward to some downtime.”
Demi Runas finished second at 10-under par, while Madison Pressel rounded out the top-3 at 9-under.