LORIE KANE WINS LEGENDS CHAMPIONSHIP AT FRENCH LICK RESORT PRESENTED
FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Lorie Kane let a victory slip away on the LPGA
Legends Tour two weeks ago when she lost in a five-hole playoff to
Rosie Jones in the Harris Charity Classic in Maine.
There was no such negative carryover to Sunday when Kane put herself
in position to win again, however. The Canadian golfer put a 40-foot
chip shot to within two inches of the cup on the final hole for the
birdie she needed to bag the biggest title in the history of the
13-year old circuit for LPGA players who have reached their 45th
Kane and playing partner Laurie Rinker started the round tied for
the lead at 3-under-par with Val Skinner, the only other player in
red numbers, another shot back.
Skinner hooked her first tee shot into a hazard, setting the stage
for an opening bogey that kept her chasing the co-leaders the rest
of the way. Kane opened a two-stroke lead on the front nine then
gave it back with bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14. That set the stage for a
dramatic finish at the finishing hole, a dogleg par-5.
A 25-foot birdie putt pulled Skinner to 2-under and within a shot of
the leaders as Kane and Rinker prepared to hit their second shots to
“You have to hit a good shot because it’s off a sidehill-downhill
lie,” said Kane. “I knew Laurie could have a little trouble with her
lie and – very fortunate for me – I missed my shot in the right
spot. I wound up a little right of where I wanted to go but had a
good chance to chip in.”
Rinker hit her second shot thin and her third short of the green.
She wound up with a bogey after Kane notched her birdie to finish at
3-under-par 213. The bogey dropped Rinker into a tie with Skinner,
two strokes behind the winner.
The first LPGA Legends Championship, staged on the Pete Dye Course
at French Lick Resort, had the most players (58) and the biggest
purse ($500,000) in the circuit’s history. Kane claimed the biggest
prize -- $60,000 – for winning the only 54-hole event of the season.
Her only previous Legends win came in a one-day tourney.
“I don’t consider myself a legend, but they gave me a place to
play,’’ said Kane. “This will give me the boost my game needed. I am
totally honored to win here. I had the chance to meet Pete Dye, and
I really like the golf course. It’s fun to play.”
Not everyone agreed. The Dye Course was brutal in Sunday’s
conditions. A steady morning rain required the lift, clean and place
rule to be put into effect and misty, cold, windy weather was
prevalent throughout the day. Only fourth place Laura Davies
(1-under 71) bettered par in the final round and Kane and Trish
Johnson, who finished in a tie for ninth, matched it. Kane hadn’t
played in weather like that since last year’s Women’s British Open.
“I’m part-Irish and part-Scottish,’’ said Kane. “But that was a
tough test of golf, and it was so much fun to win again.”