13th July 2017 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Johnson wins first Senior LPGA Championship
Trish Johnson from England completed a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank on Wednesday on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
The 51-year-old BristolÂ golfer turned in a final-round 73 to finish at four under 212 for the 54-hole event, three shots clear of American Michele Redman.
â€œIâ€™m often asked what my favourite course in the world is and I always say St. Andrews, but I think this place has taken over,â€ said Johnson, who has now won twice on the course. â€œIt feels fantastic, this is the reason you play golf to try and win something like this. It is going to be a very, very fun evening.â€
Johnson posted rounds of 67, 72 and 73 to win the first place check of $90,000, while Redman collected the second place payday of $54,397.
â€œI hit my driver so well all week,â€ said Johnson when asked about the keys to victory. â€œI was quite long so I was hitting a lot of short irons in. Some of these greens are pretty wicked so if you have short clubs in that is a major advantage.â€
World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies finished in a tie for third with a final-round 68 alongside Wendy Doolan and Helen Alfredsson. South Africaâ€™s three-time Major champion Sally Little carded rounds of 86, 88 and 84 for an aggregate total of 258.
â€œThe French Lick Resort has the same type of feeling as St. Andrews,â€ said Johnson. â€œWhen I got to St. Andrews I just love it and the first time I came here I sat on top of the road and thought, â€˜wow, this is specialâ€™. The people here are very special, they are so welcoming. It is like one happy family.â€
While Johnson didnâ€™t want to put herself into the conversation of â€œlegendsâ€ at the inaugural event, she said this week was major for players of her generation.
â€œHopefully, this is the first of many,â€ said Johnson, who won three times on the LPGA. â€œThis is so well deserved because all those girls playing for $2 million on the LPGA right now is because of these people here. Itâ€™s the same as the guys playing for the amount of money because of Tiger. This is huge and very special.â€
The tournament presented a check for $200,000 to Riley Childrenâ€™s Foundation. In five years, the tournament at the Pete Dye Course has now raised $700,000 for the Riley Childrenâ€™s Foundation.
PHOTO – Trish Johnson; courtesy of Rick Sharp / LPGA Tour.