Clariss Guce wins 2nd Symetra Tour title of year
FORSYTH, Ill. (AP) Clariss Guce moved into position to earn an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.
The 26-year-old former Cal State Northridge player closed with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory.
''Anytime you win, it feels great,'' said Guce, who moved to California with her family from the Philippines in 2001. ''Every win is special and I'm just overjoyed.''
She finished at 10-under 206 and earned $19,500 to jump from 12th to seventh on the money list with $56,656. The top 10 after the final seven events will earn LPGA Tour cards.
''There is still a lot more golf and anything can still happen,'' said Guce, also the winner last month in Rochester, New York. ''Just like in Rochester, I went from 84th to 12th so you just never know.''
Guce birdied the par-5 sixth and 14th and bogeyed the par-4 12th in the final round.
She was doused with water again by her crew of rookie friends - Kristin Coleman, Jenny Coleman, Mallory Kent and Dana Finkelstein - as soon as she came off the 18th green.
''I knew I was going to get soaked,'' Guce said. ''I saw them walking around with a lot of bottles of water and I was thinking don't screw it up and just two-putt.''
Jackie Stoelting and Laura Gonzalez Escallon tied for second. Escallon had a 67, and Stoelting shot 70. Stoelting also has two victories this year.
Nelly Korda (71), Erica Popson (72) and Wichanee Meechai (67) tied for fourth at 7 under, and Kendall Dye (72) was another stroke back along with Brittany Marchand (67) and Pavarisa Yoktuan (72).