Brittany Kelly, Woodland Golf and Country Club, gets her second Indiana PGA Women’s Open victory today (’06, 19), and first win as a professional. Kelly headed to the final round of the Women’s Open with a two shot lead over Alexis Miestowski, Indiana University, after firing an opening round 68 yesterday.
“I hit the ball really well yesterday, Kelly said. “I hit almost every green, but I didn’t make a lot of putts. I felt good heading into today, but I’ve struggled a little bit in the last few years during the final round while in contention, so that was on my mind as well.”
Early in the round, Miestowski put up a fight, making back-to-back birdies on holes two and three and grabbing a short-lived share of the lead. But Kelly answered with a birdie on four and never relinquished her lead from that point forward.
With a bogey on the par-3, 5th
for Kelly, Potter-Bobb, Indianapolis, also playing in the lead group, saw herself within four shots, but never was able to close the gap.
Making the turn, Kelly’s lead was still four shots, and by the par-5, 14th
that lead became commanding. After reaching the green in two, Kelly converted her eagle putt and her lead grew to six. She followed that up with a birdie on 14 and never looked back.
“After I made eagle on 14, I finally felt comfortable,” Kelly said. “I finally felt like I got the speed down on the greens and it felt great to make a putt. At that point, I felt like I had won the event.”
With six birdies and an eagle today, Kelly added a 6-under-par, 66 today for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par, 134.
“This win really solidifies all of the hard work I’ve put in,” Kelly said. “After winning back in ’06 in high school and now getting a win as a professional, it feels like it’s been a long time coming. It means a lot to me to bring a win back to Woodland.”
This win makes Kelly’s year that much more special. This winter, Kelly competed in the PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship with PGA of America President, Suzy Whaley. Kelly also participated in her first-ever LPGA event, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, earlier this summer.
“I’m playing in the Mixed-Four Ball Championship with Mike Asbell this weekend and hope to play well in the Assistant's Championship next week."
Potter-Bobb and Miestowski finished tied for runner-up with 36-hole totals of even-par, 144.
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