FRENCH LICK, Ind., Aug. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Two of the greatest names in the history of women’s golf were champions again on Sunday in The Legends Championship, played on the rugged Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
Juli Inkster won the main tournament for players who have passed their 45 th birthday. Jan Stephenson took the Super Legends title, an eight-player competition for past stars who have passed their 63 rd birthday.
Inkster carded a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday, giving her a 36-hole total of 5-under 139 for the tournament and a one-shot win over Trish Johnson. Stephenson, playing from slightly shorter tees, finished even par 144 for the tournament and won by eight over her playing partner, Judy Dickinson.
Inkster, in the next-to-the-last group, got her game together on the back nine, just in time to hold off Johnson who was playing in the final twosome. They had gone into the final round tied for the lead with Johnson’s playing partner, Dame Laura Davies.
“I wasn’t playing very well on the front side,” said Inkster, “but I birdied 13, 15, 17 and 18. That won the tournament for me. I stayed patient and started hitting it a lot better. I had no idea where I was in the tournament. I just tried to keep making birdies. It was good to win. I feel good.”
The Inkster-Johnson duel came down to the final two holes. Inkster hit the par-4 17 th with a 3-wood and 9-iron, setting up a birdie putt. Johnson made birdie behind her. Light rain started to fall as Inkster made her birdie and continued as she played No. 18, a par-5. She got up and down for her final birdie there, then the rain got heavier. That didn’t help Johnson, who three-putted the finishing hole for a bogey.
That handed the title to Inkster, whose 68 was the best round of the day. Johnson and Pat Hurst, who tied with 2013 champion Lori Kane for third place, both shot 69s on Sunday. Laurie Rinker, the defending champion, made an early run with three birdies on her first eight holes before dropping back. She finished eight strokes back in a tie for 12 th.
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