SANDWICH, Mass., Sept. 8, 2017 – It was their first time playing together, but the team of Patti Rizzo and Michele Redman won a sudden-death playoff today to capture the title at the BJ’s Charity Championship.
Staged as an inaugural two-player team event at Cape Cod’s The Ridge Club, the BJ’s Charity Championship presented by P&G featured a best-ball format on the front nine and a scramble on the second nine holes.
Rizzo of Miami and Redman of Minneapolis charged to the lead with a score of 9-under 62 when they reached the par-5 18th hole in two shots, putting for eagle from six feet. They missed the eagle attempt, but drained a tap-in for birdie.
Massachusetts native Pat Bradley and Barb Mucha of Florida, playing in the final pairing, drained a 15-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to tie Rizzo and Redman for a share of the lead and force a playoff.
That sent the two teams back to the 18th hole to settle the match. Bradley and Mucha posted a par in the extra hole, while Rizzo and Redman carded a birdie for the win on the par-71 course. Redman’s 5-wood on the second shot reached the 18th green in both of her attempts to set up birdie putts.
“We had really good chemistry and we were joking and laughing all day,” said Rizzo, who tried not to think about Hurricane Irma bearing down on her hometown, where she coaches the University of Miami women’s golf team.
“We did a good job scrambling together,” added Redman, who coaches the women’s golf team at the University of Minnesota. “I think it’s good for college golf for the two of us to team up and have some fun with this win today.”
While Bradley was hoping for a win on home turf with Mucha, a former partner in The Legends Tour’s Handa Cup matches, she tipped a cap to Rizzo and Redman.
“Michele and Patti played terrific - what a great finish for them,” said Bradley, a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
Tied for third at 7-under 64 was the team of Christa Johnson of Arizona and Hollis Stacy of Florida, and Trish Johnson of England and Canada’s Lorie Kane.
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** Media: Trophy photo credit Rick Sharp