A rewind through the highlights and storylines from the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship held at The Pete Dye Course at French Lick:
Score another for Davies: Leading wire to wire, England’s Laura Davies tucked away another title in her accomplished portfolio.
Shooting 8-under-par over the 54-hole championship, Davies notched a four-stroke victory to secure the 87th tournament title of her Hall of Fame career. In the process, Davies also earned a sweep of 2018’s two majors for senior women. Three months earlier, Davies captured the U.S. Senior Women’s Open by 10 strokes.
“It was a real victory for me,” Davies said of her Senior LPGA title after placing third here in 2017 at the inaugural tournament. “I played OK here before but never strung three rounds together.”
Calling on some local help: Davies credited a new putter for her solid play over the first 36 holes here. She noticed one to her liking on the putting green and Anthony Bradley, a member of French Lick Resort’s professional staff, had a model that Davies put in her bag for the tournament.
She used it to make birdie putts of 25 feet at No. 11 and 30 feet at No. 15 during the second round, when she fired a 2-under-par 70. Davies shot 4-under in Monday’s opening round despite tough conditions that prompted The Pete Dye Course to be set up shorter than usual (about 6,100 yards) to help players cope with the chilly and windy weather.
Other leaders of the field: Defending champion Trish Johnson posted three consecutive rounds of 73, finishing in sixth place and rising eight spots after sitting in 14th entering the final day. Hall of Famer Juli Inkster bounced back from a second-round 80 to shoot 73 and finish tied for 12th.
Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri tied for runner-up honors, both at 4-under-par. The highest-finishing Americans were fourth-place Michele Redman (-1), a former Indiana University and current coach at Minnesota, and fifth-place Brandie Burton (+1) who enjoyed the low round of the tournament by sizzling with a 66 in the second round.
Benefactors in action: Riley Hospital for Children, the tournament’s charitable beneficiary, sends many of its young patients to the event each year, such as 9-year-old Brylee Holguin who has overcome five serious congenital heart defects to live an active life. Brylee was on hand to help announce the players on the first tee. So was one of the oldest living Riley Kids. Genevieve Sater, now 91, was a Riley patient between the ages of 5 and 16 when she had multiple surgeries to avert a birth defect.
Coming up in 2019: The Senior LPGA Championship will return to French Lick Resort on October 9-16 in 2019, with the 54-hole tourney set for October 14-16. This will be the third year of a five-year agreement to play the championship at The Pete Dye Course.
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