Minnesota women's golf head coach Michele Redman carded rounds of 72-70
to win the ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship. Below is the release
courtesy of Lisa Mickey from the LPGA.
Lisa also shared with me that plenty of Golden Gopher fans sporting maroon "M" hats were on hand to cheer her on.
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Michele Redman answers to the title of "Coach" these days, but today,
she added the title of "champion" to her 2011 list of accolades.
LPGA Tour veteran, who became the new head women's golf coach at the
University of Minnesota in August, emerged as the winner of the ISPS
Legends Tour Open Championship presented by Publix and Kraft Foods.
posted rounds of 72-70 to win the Legends Tour's season-ending
tournament at 2-under 142 on the Island Course at Innisbrook, a
Salamander Golf & Spa Resort.
She edged out last year's
champion Rosie Jones, who finished second at even-par 144 with a
final-round score of 3-under 69. Redman was runner-up to Jones at the
"I really didn't expect much," said Redman, 46, a
second-year member of the Legends Tour and a two-time LPGA Tour winner.
"I just came down to Florida to have some fun and to go on vacation
But Redman had a few extra cheerleaders heading into
today's final round. After Saturday's opening round, she received text
messages and emails from her Minnesota Golden Gopher players, telling
the coach to go low.
And today, Coach Redman played like the LPGA
Tour veteran who won the 1997 JAL Big Apple Classic, the 2000 First
Union Betsy King Classic and who was a scrappy former U.S. Solheim Cup
team member who used to drive her opponents crazy because she's the
classic "Steady Betty" under fire.
Redman bogeyed the first hole
when she three-putted from 45 feet, but she answered with a birdie from
18 feet on No. 3 and a 45-foot birdie on the eighth hole. She chipped in
from 15 feet on the 10th hole and played the remaining holes at
even-par, intentionally not looking at leaderboards on the course.
think I'm getting smarter," said Redman, who pocketed the $40,000
winner's prize. "Honestly, I've been so busy with my new job, I haven't
thought about winning, but I putted well today. This was a lot of fun."
her 52nd birthday in today's final round, Jones knew she needed to post
a low score to have a chance to break away from the pack to defend her
"I knew I was still in the game if I could go out there
and make some birdies today," said runner-up Jones, who recently served
as captain of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team. "But this is a tight golf
course and you really have to be in touch with your putter. You can't
make any mistakes."
Finishing third at one-over 145 was Cindy
Figg-Currier (70). Tied for fourth at 3-over 147 was Christa Johnson
(72) and Legends Tour rookie Liselotte Neumann (73).
Lorie Kane, who started today's final round tied for the lead with
Redman, struggled today with a 4-over 76 to finish sixth at 4-over 148. A
second-year Legends Tour member, Kane carded a double-bogey on the
second hole and could never catch Redman, with whom she was paired in
the last group.
"She played steady, just as she always does," said Kane of Redman's performance.
And steady wins golf tournaments.
- Lisa D. Mickey