Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
Samantha Richdale of British Columbia, Canada parred the first playoff hole to hold off Amanda Mathis to win her third event and second of the year at the Duramed Futures Tour Turkey Hill Classic. The event held in Pennsylvania was forced to completed the final round on Monday after rain held up play throughout the week.
Richdale’s final round 68 was capped off by three birdies in a row on holes 15-17. Mathis off set two bogies on 10-11 with three coming in to finish tied with Richdale at -10.
Just missing out on the playoff were the top two players on the DFT, Mina Harigae (70), the leader when play began, who could not find a birdie on the back 9, and her two bogeyes were one too many to get her fourth victory on tour this season. Two-time winner Jean Reynolds (68) used a birdie on the 18th to tie Harigae at T3. Joining Reynolds and Richdale for the round of the day was fellow top 10 on the money lister Christine Song, who used her four under par round got her alone in 5th.
DFTs top 4, Harigae, Reynolds, Misun Cho (who skipped this week’s event), and Samantha Richdale have separated themselves and will be finishing in the top 5 on this year’s money list. With only one event remaining this should be sweet relief for Richdale who can now rest easy going into the tour’s final event (the other three had already secured their top 5 standing by winning at least two events on the year).
With $15,000 up for grabs at the season ending event in a couple weeks in Syracuse, NY anyone in the top 15 can potentially jump up to the top 5 with a win. The entire top 40 can secure low playing privileges for next season with a win, which would get then into the top 10 for the year. Should be an exciting conclusion to a great season on the DFT!
Samantha Richdale will be participating in this week’s LPGA event in Oregon, the Safeway Classic.