Narang-Benaderet wins LWGA Club Championship on tiebreaker
Updated 11:40 pm, Thursday, August 11, 2011
Leela Narang-Benaderet won the Longshore Women's Golf Association's Club Championship Flight in overtime Wednesday.
Narang-Benaderet was tied with Jane Dally, 165-165 after 36 holes and they played a tiebreaking hole to break the tie to determine the LWGA club championship. The LWGA championship matched ended with Narang-Benaderet parring the 37th hole and Dally barely missing the cup and bogeying the hole, which returned Narang-Benaderet to the top (she won the 2009 LWGA Club Championship.
"It was exciting and I'm very happy," Narang-Benaderet said. "Jane was pushing me the whole way and was up. I tried to play steady and keep it consistent."
Both finalists in the tiebreaker shot an 84 Tuesday during the first 18 holes of the championship and then came back Wednesday to shoot an 81 during the second 18 holes.
"I had a great front-9 and shot a 36 [Wednesday] and made a steady turn and some of the wheels came off," said Daly, who was ahead after the first nine holes. "Leela won it and deserved it. Anytime you get to an extra hole, it's exciting. I just missed my putt on the 19th hole. She won it fair and square."
In the back-9, Narang-Benaderet took the lead but struggled on the 18th hole before coming back strong in the 19th hole.
"I got aggressive, hit a dead shot and made par," said Narang-Benaderet on how she handled the playoff hole.
Defending LWGA Club Champion Jo Rasmussen was also in the mix and was a stroke short of making it a three-way tie, but in the end, shot a 166 and settled for third place. Rasmussen shot 83s both days.
"I didn't play well on the front-9," admitted Rasmussen, who shot a 45 on the first nine holes Wednesday. She came back to shoot a 38 on the back-9 but barely short of making it a three-way playoff. "Jane was playing well and I had to catch her. I was the defending champ. I was defending champion and I wanted to play as well as I could."
Rasmussen also won it 2008 and she seems to win it during even years while Narang-Benaderet has ruled the links in odd-numbered years.
"Leela and I have been dukeing it out for years," Rasmussen said. "It was a good match between the three of us."
Chris Lorusso shot a 198, 94 on Tuesday and a 104 Wednesday to win the First Flight Championship. Lorusso edged Phyllis Trefz (97-102-199). Alison Tane (99-105-204) and Jean Murdoch (106-98-204) were tied for third.
Barbara Rose (89-100-189) is the Second Flight Champion. Joanna Nicholson (104-93-197), Karen Hoffman (102-104-206), Dee Andrian (96-111-207) and Barbara Karis Downey (105-116-221) placed second through fifth, respectively.
Anne Krygier (105-101-206) took home the Third Flight Championship. Wendy Montanaro (110-103-213), Dolores Mockler (103-115-218) and Linda Clair (110-111-221) finished second through fourth, respectively. Suzanne Goldstein, Janet Tatusko and Marion Potter also competed.