Klasse Claims Fourth Straight MGA Women's Senior Amateur as Rain Washes Out Final Round
August 20, 2019 | 1 min.
By Nick Hunter
CANNON FALLS, Minn. – Firing a 3-over 75 during her opening round of the 2019 Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur Championship Monday, Leigh Klasse collected her fourth consecutive victory at the event after heavy rains washed out the final round Tuesday at Cannon Golf Club.
Players were pulled off the course early Tuesday due to inclement weather before tournament and course officials determined the course was unplayable, shortening the event to 18 holes.
With her win Tuesday, Klasse claims her second victory of the season and her 15th senior stroke play championship since 2010. She will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday to compete in her 10th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
“I was looking forward to playing today. I really wanted to play well these last two days because I’m leaving tomorrow and I wanted to have a little momentum going into that,” Klasse said following her win Tuesday. “I’ve been working on my game, working on my putting and striking the ball better leading up to nationals, but I also wanted this win.
“The [MGA senior events], I really love all the ladies and I enjoy the camaraderie. The senior stuff is what I love to play in.”
During her round Monday, Klasse played her opening nine in 1-over before rolling in two early birdies to begin her final nine holes. But a double-bogey and a pair of bogeys on each of her final two holes put her in the clubhouse with a 3-over 75 and an eventual five-stroke victory over Alison Hurley.
Betsy Aldrich, the two-time defending champion at the MGA Women’s Senior Match Play Championship, posted a 9-over 81 Monday to finish in third place, six shots off the lead.
The 2020 MGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship will be played at Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata, Minn.