FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WDRB) -- Trish Johnson led wire-to-wire to capture the first-ever Senior Major for the ladies, the Senior LPGA Championship by three strokes over Michelle Redman. Johnson's 1-over 73 gave her a three-day total of 4-under 212. Redman also finished with a 73 in the final round.
Johnson said afterwards that she may have to re-think her favorite course. The England native has always said St. Andrews. But she has now won back-to-back events at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort after capturing the Legends Tour Championship last summer in a six-hole playoff over Juli Inkster.
“It (French Lick Resort) has the same type of feeling as St. Andrews,” explained Johnson. “When I got to St. Andrews I just love it and the first time I came here I sat on top of the road and thought, ‘wow, this is special’. The people here are very special, they are so welcoming. It is like one happy family.”
Johnson had rounds of 67-72-73 to win the first-place check of $90,000. She led by four after round one, by by three after round two and was ultimately three better than Redman. The IU grad and University of Minnesota golf coach shot 73-69-73 for the second-place payday of $54,397.
“I’m happy, I wish I had two drives back, but other than that I played really well and hit some great shots,” said Redman. “It was great to see that I could still hit shots under pressure. It was also fun to play with Trish, I really enjoyed it."
Johnson is planning on returning to defend her title next summer.
“Hopefully, this is the first of many,” said Johnson, who won three times on the LPGA. “This is so well deserved because all those girls playing for $2 million on the LPGA right now is because of these people here. It’s the same as the guys playing for the amount of money because of Tiger. This is huge and very special.”
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