Last-hole birdie gives S.H. Lee LPGA win


July 07, 2008

After a weekend of optimal scoring conditions, Seon Hwa Lee made one birdie on the back nine in the final round. That was enough.

Lee birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Jane Park and Meena Lee yesterday in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers. Seon Hwa Lee closed with a 4-under-par 68 to finish at 15-under 201.

Meena Lee (70) led by a stroke before coming up short of the green on the par-3 17th. Her chip was long, and she missed from about 10 feet for a bogey.

Seon Hwa Lee, playing in the group just ahead, hit her approach on No. 18 within 3 feet, setting up a birdie that she thought would put her in a playoff.

"I didn't know she made bogey on 17," Seon Hwa Lee said.

Meena Lee had a chance to tie on No. 18 but missed a 15-foot birdie putt.

The weather was a factor for much of the weekend, delaying play Friday and Saturday. Players took advantage of a course softened by rain. Angela Park shot a 62 in the second round Saturday, and Jane Park matched that performance yesterday.

Champions Dick's Sporting Goods Open -- Argentina's Eduardo Romero won his second 50-and-over tour title, beating Fulton Allem and Gary Koch by a stroke. Romero shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 17-under 199, equaling the score recorded by R.W. Eaks a year ago in the inaugural event. Romero also won the 2006 Tradition.

Maryland Amateur Stroke Play -- Chris Baloga made a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole of sudden death, No. 15, to defeat 2002 champion Tom Gross and first-time entrant Brendan Kelly for the title at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. The three had tied at 213, even par for the 54-hole event. Henry Blue won the senior title with a 214.

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