The 26-year-old Norwalk resident carded a second day score of 71 at the New England Women's Open, en route to recording her first win with a 36-hole total of 149.
"It was pretty cool," Gersten said.
After ending the first round in fourth place, four strokes back of the leader, Caron, with a 78, Gersten came into the final round reminding herself to focus on "just one shot at a time." Despite a steady rain and slick greens, she played some of her finest golf on the last few holes.
"I kind of knew I had an advantage on everyone else because I play my best golf in the rain," she said. "It kind of relaxes me."
On the 17th hole--the toughest on the course, according to Gersten--she sunk a 30-foot uphill putt for birdie. The final hole, she hit a 12-foot putt for the win.
"I was just wanting to give myself a birdie chance," she said.
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