Madelene Sagstrom wins 3rd Symetra Tour title
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) Madelene Sagstrom won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout on Sunday for her third Symetra Tour title of the season, officially earning an LPGA Tour that she wrapped up months ago.
The 23-year-old Swede closed with an even-par 72 at Mystic Creek to finish at 7-under 209, two strokes ahead of Becca Huffer (68) and Canada's Augusta James (69).
Sagstrom finished off the Symetra Player of the Year, Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year and the season money title. She earned $15,000 to push her record season total to $156,184 with two tournaments left. The 2015 Southeastern Conference player of the year at LSU has 11 top-10 finishes in 14 events.
''This season has meant so much to me and all the awards mean a lot to me,'' Sagstrom said. ''I knew I was close to closing out the award (Player of the Year) and I feel accomplished, but I also realize that I can't focus on those things to perform at my best. I'm now really looking forward to the Symetra Tour Championship, which will be my last event.''
Sagstrom earned an in-season promotion to the LPGA Tour with her third victory, but the big tour had no more domestic full-field events left that she could play this season.
Sagstrom had only five pars in the final round. She bogeyed the three of the first four, then birdied the next three. She bogeyed No. 10, birdied the next three, made a double bogey on the par-5 14th, birdied the par-4 17th and bogeyed the par-5 18th.
''I started off really rough with three bogeys on the first four holes, but I found a good thought that was working and I eventually found my rhythm,'' Sagstrom said. ''I made two runs of three birdies in a row and I was really happy about that. I'm just really happy with the way I composed myself.''
The Swede also won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial in April in Florida and the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic in May in South Carolina.
The final top 10 on the money list will earn LPGA Tour cards.