2018 Tournament Recap
Former UCLA all-American Stephanie Kono sizzled with an 11-under-par total, and needed every bit of it to separate herself from a crowded leaderboard to win the second annual Symetra Tour Donald Ross Classic.
Kono showcased steadiness over all three rounds at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick, sandwiching a second-round total of 66 with 68s in the first and last rounds to secure a one-stroke victory. Dottie Ardina and Karen Chung tied for second place at 10-under, with Ardina making a late charge with a 65 in the final round.
Ardina’s 6-under-par 65 tied the competitive course record for women at The Donald Ross Course, and Becca Huffer, Fatima Fernandez Cano and Michelle Piyapattra also carded scores of 65 during the tournament. “Considering that the LPGA Championship has been played at the Ross on two occasions, this was a marvelous feat,” noted Head Golf Professional Rob Koontz.
Kono earned a winner’s share of $33,750 and collected her first win on the Symetra Tour, the qualifying circuit for the LPGA. By virtue of her win at French Lick and by finishing in the top 40 of the LPGA Qualifying School, the Hawaii native clinched a spot on the LPGA Tour in 2019.