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Jean Bartholomew withstood nerves to fire a final-round 2-over-par 74 and win the LPGA T&CP National Championship. Despite going through the first two rounds with no expectations, Wednesday’s final round proved to be a different story for the LPGA Tour veteran as the nerves began to ensue on the first hole.
“I was a little nervous today,” said Bartholomew after her win. “I thought I would try to continue not caring, but when it comes down to it, you care, but I still didn’t get flustered.”
Bartholomew headed into today’s final round with a one-stroke lead over Lisa Grimes. The duo both bogeyed the par-4 first and it wasn’t until a bogey by Bartholomew at the par-3 fourth that she found herself tied with Grimes.
Bartholomew regained a one-stroke lead over Grimes after a birdie at the par-5 fifth then extended her lead to two-strokes after a par at the par-3 sixth. Bartholomew bogeyed the par-5 seventh and found her lead dwindle to one stroke until a par at the eighth extended her lead to two.
As they made their way to the back nine, Bartholomew hit her drive in the left fescue, but luckily found her ball and was able to salvage a bogey.
“I hit a couple hooks out there,” said Bartholomew. “Luckily I found the one I hit in the fescue on number 12, because that could have been a turning point.”
Bartholomew quickly regained control and never looked back after a birdie at the par-5 14th. Bartholomew recorded another birdie at the par-4 17th but faltered on the final hole with a bogey.
A graduate of Duke University, this week’s win gains Bartholomew entry into the Legends Event which will be played at this week’s The Donald Ross Course at French Lick.
This week, Jean Bartholomew, a Teaching Professional at PGA National and The Fountains Country Club, has felt an overwhelming amount of support from her students in both Florida and Long Island.
“They have been sending me texts and stuff so they are happy,” said Bartholomew. “I have a great bunch of students from Long Island, and I also work with them down in Florida, and I have a good mix of people. I have been getting emails and texts.”
Bartholomew earned a four-stroke victory over Lisa Grimes. Lisa DePaulo and Kristen Samp finished tied for third.
Barabara Moxness withstood a hard fought battle and shot an impressive final-round 3-under par 69 to win the senior division.
“I’m a little overwhelmed,” said Moxness after her victory. “I’m ecstatic, I’m very excited.”
Moxness went into Wednesday’s final round trailing two-time senior division champion, Dede Cusimano, by one stroke. Cusimano struck early with a birdie on the par-4 second to extend her lead to two-strokes.
Cusimano then bogeyed the par-4 third to fall to a one-stroke lead, and the duo exchanged birdies on the par-5 fifth.
“The front has always been more difficult to me,” said Moxness. “I actually birdied the fifth, which really helped.”
It wasn’t until a bogey at the par-4 eighth by Cusimano that she found her lead slip between her fingertips.
As the duo made the turn tied, Moxness made an impressive birdie at the par-4 10th after she hit her drive left into a fairway bunker while Cusimano made a bogey.
“I hit it just short of the green on 10 and made about a 30-foot putt for birdie,” said Moxness. “That kind of jump started everything.”
Moxness and Cusimano then went on to exchange eagles at the par-5 14th. Both players reached the green in two and Moxness rolled in her 30-foot eagle putt while Cusimano made a 60-footer.
Despite getting less sleep Tuesday night than Monday, Moxness earned a four-stroke victory over Cusimano while Tina Tombs, Heather Drew, and Janis Kleiman finished tied for third.
Deb Zamprelli fired a final-round 6-over-par 78 to earn a commanding victory in the newly created challenge division. Zamprelli entered today’s final round tied atop the leaderboard with Redstone Golf Club Director of Membership and Marketing, Louisa Bergsma.
“I was just trying to take it one shot at a time and keep it in the fairway,” said Zamprelli. “I tried not to make any big numbers, and I was lucky I could do that.”
Zamprelli started on the back-nine on Wednesday and bogeyed the par-4 eleventh. She then bogeyed the par-5 fourteenth and went on to earn back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18 to make the turn at 4 over par for the day.
Zamprelli recorded her fifth bogey of the day, but immediately responded with a birdie at the par-3 second. Zamprelli, the Head Golf Professional at Golf Galaxy then carded back-to-back bogeys at the fourth and fifth, but parred out to shoot a back-nine two-over 38.
“I just kept my composure,” said Zamprelli. “It was a mixed bag, my putting wasn’t as good as yesterday, but my ball striking was better.”
This year marks the first year the challenge division has been added to the T&CP National Championship, and according to Zamprelli, it was a good addition.
“I think it’s great,” said Zamprelli. “I think for those of us who don’t want to go way back there, it’s just really fun. It kind of makes it a little more scoreable golf course, and you and have to work quite as hard as you do from the back tees.”