Angela Stanford received her dwelling LPGA Tour occasion in entrance of her mother and father, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory Sunday within the Volunteers of America Traditional.
“I just haven’t had many chances to win in front of them. So to finally do it, it’s so cool,” Stanford mentioned. “I couldn’t even look over at my mom coming up 18 because I was starting to get teary eyed. I’m like, `Just don’t look over there, don’t look over there.’ I would have lost it.”
The 43-year-old former TCU star from Fort Value received her seventh LPGA Tour title and first for the reason that main Evian Championship in 2018. She completed at 7-under 277 at Outdated American Golf Membership within the occasion that began in bone-chilling chilly Thursday.
“It was windy, it was cold, and I think growing up in Texas you have to play in a little bit of cold in the off-season,” Stanford mentioned. “The course played really tough, but it just felt like Texas this week, so I was really comfortable out there.”
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Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu and 19-year-old Yealimi Noh, tied for the third-round lead, every shot 70 to tie for second within the ultimate tuneup earlier than the U.S. Ladies’s Open subsequent week at Champions Golf Membership in Houston.
Stanford pulled away with birdies on Nos. 13, 14, 16 and 17, and closed with a bogey.
“I really think it boils down to passion,” Stanford mentioned. “I just love trying to get better. I think if you love what you’re doing and you love your process and you just are loving getting better, then you have to keep going.”
Ryu was making her first U.S. begin since final 12 months.
“I was quite nervous coming back, even though I played a few good events in Korea,” Ryu mentioned. “It was really great to be in contention.”
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High-ranked Jin Younger Ko was fifth at Four beneath after a 70 in her second LPGA Tour begin of the 12 months.
“I’m looking for next week,” Ko mentioned. “I have confidence from this week for next week, so I’m really excited.”
Anna Nordqvist (70) and Charley Hull (71) have been three beneath.