Laurie Rinker wins LPGA T&CP National Championship
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Laurie Rinker won the LPGA T&CP National Championship on Wednesday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over three-time defending champion Jean Bartholomew and Karen Paolozzi.
The 52-year-old Rinker finished at 9-under 207 at Reunion Resort and earned $10,000. She led the eight qualifiers for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship next year at Sahalee in Washington.
''I feel like I played well every day. I just maybe hit the ball closer today and just made some putts,'' said Rinker, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour. ''My proximity to the hole was much better today. I probably only missed six greens in three days.''
Bartholomew, a four-time winner, and Paolozzi each shot 70.
Carolyn Hill successfully defended her title in the Senior Division, shooting a 66 for a one-stroke victory over Jan Kleiman and AnneMarie Palli. The 56-year-old Hill finished at 4-under 212. The one-time winner on the LPGA Tour also won the 2011 tournament.