Anne Park wins her first Symetra Tour title
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Anne Park won the inaugural Toyota Danielle Downey Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, holding off former Solheim Cup player Vicky Hurst.
Making her fourth professional start, the 20-year-old former Southern California player closed with a 4-under 68 at Brook-Lea Country Club for a one-stroke victory over Hurst.
“I’m speechless, this is my first professional win and it has been happening all so fast,” said Park, from Levittown, New York. “For me to win this tournament is crazy right now.”
Park finished at 16-under 272. She earned $22,500 to jump from 93rd to 17th on the money list with $26,206. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
Three strokes ahead of Hurst entering the round, Park had four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine. She also birdied the par-5 10th, bogeyed the par-4 13th and closed with five pars.
“I knew Vicky is a phenomenal player and I knew she was going to play great today, she was putting so well,” Park said. “I miscalculated yardages on 16, 17 and 18, but for me to make that 7-foot par putt on 17 was shocking to me. I was like, ‘Yes! I made it!’”
Hurst eagled the 10th in her bogey-free 66. She played for the United States in the 2011 Solheim Cup.
Canada’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc had a 68 to tie for third with Marina Choi, Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez Escallon and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro. Gonzalez Escallon and Molinaro each shot 70, and Choi had a 72.
Canadian teen Brooke Henderson tied for seventh at 7 under after a 66.