Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom wins second Symetra Tour title
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) Madelene Sagstrom ran away with the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour victory of the season.
The 23-year-old Swede won by six strokes, closing with a 2-over 74 to finish at 10-under 278 at The Links at Stoney Point. She earned $37,500 to push her leading total to $93,714 and join Cindy LaCrosse and Vicky Hurst as the only players in tour history to top $90,000 in a season.
Sagstrom also moved within a victory of an immediate LPGA Tour promotion as a three-time winner, and is guaranteed a big tour spot next season with a top-10 finish on the Symetra Tour money list.
Sagstrom opened with a 66 to take a three-stroke lead, added a 67 on Friday for a seven-shot edge and shot 71 on Saturday to push the advantage to nine. She has started the season with five straight top-five finishes, also winning the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial. The 5-foot-9 former LSU player was the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season.
After making four bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, Sagstrom eagled the par-5 10th, dropped strokes on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th.
Thailand's Wichanee Meechai was second at 4 under after a 71. Ally McDonald (71) and Thailand's Pavarisa Yoktuan (72) were another stroke back.
LaCrosse finished with $94,578 in 2010, and Hurst had $93,107 in 2008.
Lorie Kane won the 18-hole Legends Tour event with a 71 for her second straight victory. The 51-year-old Canadian also won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial, the joint that Sagstrom also won last month in Florida. Kane earned $10,500.
Michelle McGann was a stroke back.