LAS VEGAS -- Dana Lofland took advantage of a closing birdie and a late collapse by Beth Daniel to take her first professional victory by two strokes in the $450,000 event.
Lofland, on the strength of a 24-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and two bogeys over the final three holes by Daniel, earned $67,500 to push her season earnings to $138,205.
"I thought I had to make it to win," Lofland said of the finishing putt that gave her a final-round 71 and 54-hole score of 212, 4-under par for the tournament at the Desert Inn course.
"It's great. The funny thing is you hear people say it's going to happen when you least expect it, and I'd told my caddy, 'Don't expect too much from me,' " Lofland said. "I didn't think this was going to be a very good week. I used the power of negative thinking. I was just hoping to get into a playoff."
Lofland's closing effort gave her a two-shot margin over Daniel and Judy Dickinson, who closed with 72s, and Missie Berteotti, who shot a 68.