Second place feels like first for Ritzman

May 16, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Alice Ritzman did not win the first golf tournament of her 17-year pro career, but she came away feeling as though she had after finishing second yesterday in the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Du Pont Country Club.

Ritzman started the day one shot behind co-leaders Laura Davies and Meg Mallon, and when it was over, she had shot 70--282, good enough to beat everyone but Davies (279).

An eight-time runner-up, Ritz man, 42, said, "Of all the seconds, I'm proud of this one. And that last round was the best I hit the ball all week."

Of not being aware of her position until the 18th green, she explained, "I try not to look at the leader boards, although I'll usually sneak a peek. I try to do my own thing and not be affected by what someone else is doing."

She bogeyed two of her first three holes yesterday, then made five birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way.

Barrett sees positives

Baltimore's Tina Barrett expressed happiness with her game after a last-round 73, a total of 291, and a check for $8,460.

"My game is coming around," she said of making her third cut in a row, after having missed in five of her first six starts. "There were some positives here this week. I missed some putts, but overall I putted well."

She made a 20-foot putt to save par at the first hole, then missed short ones for par at the next two holes. From there, she got things under control and played the last 15 holes in even par, offsetting a bogey (missed green) at the eighth and a six-foot birdie putt at the 17th.

Crosby overcomes bad start

Elaine Crosby, who tied for second behind a Davies victory at Phoenix two months ago, was in a good position to make a final-round move when she started five shots back.

So, she went out and capped a stellar tournament with a 67--283 and a share of third place. It gave her the tournament's best final 54 holes (71-69-67) after she had opened with a 76.

"I hit it really good Thursday, too," the 10-year pro said at the finish. "I played in the afternoon [two-hour rain delay, cold and windy afterward] and couldn't get the speed of the greens. I hit 15 greens and had three three-putts."

She followed with 18 pars Friday and 10 birdies on the weekend.

"My goal for the last round was to get back to even, but when I got there [No. 12], I decided to see if I could get it in the red [under par]."

She did, hitting 15 greens again, and ending at 1 under.

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