Jaclyn Sweeney wins Symetra Tour event

Former Arizona State player Jaclyn Sweeney won the Symetra
Tour’s season-opening VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic on Sunday,
closing with 5-under 67 in windy conditions for a two-stroke
victory.

Sweeney, from Bradenton, Fla., finished at 7-under 209 at
Longbow Golf Club. She earned $15,000 and received a spot in the
LPGA Founders Cup on March 14-17 at Wildfire in Phoenix.

”It’s really exciting, but I didn’t allow myself to think about
it,” Sweeney said about the exemption into the LPGA Tour event.
”I just kept thinking that Longbow is where the Monday qualifier
is going to be, so if I can score well on this golf course, I can
get into the tournament. Little did I know that I would play well
and get in and not have to qualify. It means a lot.”

She birdied three of the last four holes, including the par-5
18th.

”It was a great feeling,” said Sweeney, also the winner last
year in Albany, N.Y. ”I wasn’t as nervous as I was in Albany
because I hit such a good shot in to the 18th hole and I played
really smart today. I have played so much golf in the wind in
Florida and, it was really windy today, so I think that
helped.”

Canada’s Alena Sharp, a regular on the LPGA Tour, shot a 71 to
finish second.