Burnett Sets Record, Wins Michigan PGA Women's Open

Katie Burnett didn’t want next week’s U.S. Open in Kohler, Wis., to be her first professional event, so she headed north by way of Crystal Mountain Resort to play in the 19th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship.

Then she added more firsts, like first professional win, first record score and first runaway.

The 22-year-old from Brunswick, Ga., who recently graduated from South Carolina, shot a final round 3-under-par 69 for a record-setting 11-under-par 205 total and resounding 10-shot win on the Mountain Ridge course Wednesday.

“I feel pretty awesome right now,” she said. “I don’t know if I can describe it. It hasn’t quite hit me yet. It gives me a lot of confidence. It was goal of mine to come out and get the confidence and momentum going into the U.S. Open.”

Her 205 was the lowest in tournament history, besting a 10-under performance by 2007 winner Lisa Fernandes.

She also did it while the rest of the field of 60 golfers found the Mountain Ridge course and par hard to handle. Runner-up Laura Bavaird of Grosse Ile, a Symetra Tour player, was the only other golfer under par in the 54-hole $36,000 event.

Bavaird closed with a 1-over-par 73 for 1-under-par 215. Ashley Tait of Littleton, Colo., finished third at even-par 216 with a final 69, and defending champion Laura Kueny closed strong with a 68 to tie for fourth at 217 with Olivia Jordan-Higgins of the United Kingdom. Elizabeth Nagel of DeWitt, a Michigan State golfer, finished as the low amateur with a 72 for 221.

Burnett won $5,500 for first place, and gained the confidence she was seeking heading into her first U.S. Open. She was a medalist in May in a sectional qualifier to make the field, all part of a great spring which included a fifth-place individual finish in the NCAA Championships.

“I’m really happy with the way I played,” she said. “I wasn’t sure how I would play because I had about a month off and I’m usually better when I’ve played a bunch of tournaments in a row. I’m really excited about the way I played.”

Burnett dashed the hopes of others in the field and eliminated any drama with three birdies in the first six holes at Nos. 3, 4 and 6. She finished the three rounds with 14 birdies and an eagle against three bogeys and one double-bogey, and started the tournament with a course-record tying 66.

“My goal was to win, that’s always the goal, but I never would have thought I would win by 10,” Burnett said. “I’m really happy I came here. It’s a great place, and the course was in perfect shape. I would love to come back.”

Bavaird, a fourth-year pro, headed to Harris, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula for a Symetra Tour event this weekend, said the other golfers knew starting the day they were probably playing for second place.

“She was pretty untouchable, very impressive,” she said. “I almost made a lot of putts. It could have been great. She seemed to make a lot of putts. She’s a strong player.”

Bavaird, too, lauded Crystal Mountain Resort, which celebrated its 10th year as host of the 19-year-old tournament. More information about the award winning family resort can be found at www.crystalmountain.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Complete scoring and information on the tournament is also available at www.michiganpgagolf.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     R1    R2     R3  + / -         Total          Amount   

Place

 

 

Name

 

Representing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Katie Burnett

 

Brunswick, GA

 

66

 

70

 

69

 

-11

205

$5,500.00

2

 

Laura Bavaird

 

Grosse Ile, MI

 

74

 

68

 

73

 

-1

215

$4,500.00

3

 

Ashley Tait

 

Littleton, CO

 

75

 

72

 

69

 

Even

216

$3,500.00

T4

 

Olivia Jordan-Higgins

 

Jersey, UK

 

75

 

72

 

70

 

+1

217

$2,150.00

 

 

Laura Kueny

 

Whitehall, MI

 

79

 

70

 

68

 

+1

217

$2,150.00

6

 

Justina Yu

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

71

 

76

 

73

 

+4

220

$1,700.00

7

 

Elizabeth Nagel(a)

 

Dewitt, MI

 

75

 

74

 

72

 

+5

221

$750.00

T8

 

Kelly Hartigan(a)

 

Lake Orion, MI

 

74

 

73

 

75

 

+6

222

$550.00

 

 

Emma Jandel

 

Dayton, OH

 

76

 

71

 

75

 

+6

222

$1,550.00

 

 

Rachael Schmidt

 

Elk River, MN

 

74

 

74

 

74

 

+6

222

$1,550.00

11

 

Suzanne Green-Roebuck

 

Ann Arbor, MI

 

76

 

74

 

73

 

+7

223

$1,400.00

T12

 

Sue Ertl

 

Bradenton, FL

 

74

 

76

 

76

 

+10

226

$1,150.00

 

 

Jennifer Hong

 

Granger, IN

 

73

 

78

 

75

 

+10

226

$1,150.00

 

 

Minami Levonowich(a)

 

Houston, TX

 

74

 

76

 

76

 

+10

226

$450.00

 

 

Inhong Lim

 

Beavercreek, OH

 

73

 

78

 

75

 

+10

226

$1,150.00

 

 

Connie Ross

 

Saint Joseph, MI

 

77

 

76

 

73

 

+10

226

$1,150.00

17

 

Amy Meier(a)

 

Rochester Hills, MI

 

75

 

78

 

74

 

+11

227

$350.00

T18

 

Stephany Fleet

 

Muskegon, MI

 

78

 

73

 

77

 

+12

228

$850.00

 

 

Kristin Walla

 

Aspen, CO

 

74

 

75

 

79

 

+12

228

$850.00

 

 

Trisha Witherby(a)

 

Richmond, IN

 

78

 

75

 

75

 

+12

228

$325.00

T21

 

Taryn Durham

 

Glasgow, KY

 

78

 

75

 

76

 

+13

229

$650.00

 

 

Jessica Hauser

 

Hartland, WI

 

81

 

72

 

76

 

+13

229

$650.00

 

 

Christine Meier(a)

 

Rochester Hills, MI

 

80

 

75

 

74

 

+13

229

$300.00

T24

 

Clarissa Childs

 

Columbia, SC

 

80

 

78

 

72

 

+14

230

 

 

 

Sarah Johnson(a)

 

Wixom, MI

 

79

 

74

 

77

 

+14

230

$275.00

26

 

Elena Robles

 

Torrance, CA

 

81

 

76

 

74

 

+15

231

 

T27

 

Melissa Beurmann(a)

 

Jackson, MI

 

74

 

80

 

78

 

+16

232

$237.50

 

 

Natalie Brehm(a)

 

Mt Pleasant, MI

 

76

 

80

 

76

 

+16

232

$237.50

 

 

Cheryl Fox

 

Fort Pierce, FL

 

77

 

79

 

76

 

+16

232

 

 

 

Darby Peters

 

Lake Orion, MI

 

77

 

75

 

80

 

+16

232

 

31

 

Becca Huffer

 

Denver, CO

 

79

 

74

 

80

 

+17

233

 

32

 

Julie Tomlinson

 

Phoenix, AZ

 

82

 

74

 

79

 

+19

235

 

T33

 

Heather Marks(a)

 

Byron Center, MI

 

78

 

81

 

77

 

+20

236

$195.00

 

 

Gabrielle Yurik(a)

 

Oakland, MI

 

84

 

77

 

75

 

+20

236

$195.00

T35

 

Raquel Bryant

 

Grand Rapids, MI

 

81

 

79

 

78

 

+22

238

 

 

 

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll(a)

 

Haslett, MI

 

80

 

79

 

79

 

+22

238

$185.00

T37

 

Carolyn Barnett-Howe

 

Appleton, WI

 

80

 

81

 

78

 

+23

239

 

 

 

Trisha Self

 

McDonald, PA

 

82

 

77

 

80

 

+23

239

 

39

 

Kristina Langton

 

Ada, MI

 

81

 

83

 

76

 

+24

240

 

T40

 

Elizabeth Ecker(a)

 

Niles, MI

 

82

 

77

 

82

 

+25

241

$177.50

 

 

Alanna Gerber(a)

 

Hudsonville, MI

 

80

 

79

 

82

 

+25

241

$177.50

42

 

Ann Miles

 

Dublin, OH

 

80

 

83

 

79

 

+26

242

 

43

 

Ashley Swanson(a)

 

Flushing, MI

 

84

 

85

 

74

 

+27

243

 

T44

 

Lindsey McPherson(a)

 

Flushing, MI

 

84

 

79

 

81

 

+28

244

 

 

 

Alison Meyer

 

Duluth, MN

 

83

 

76

 

85

 

+28

244

 

46

 

Mariah Massa(a)

 

Holt, MI

 

80

 

86

 

79

 

+29

245

 

T47

 

Devon Compton(a)

 

Rochester, MI

 

87

 

77

 

82

 

+30

246

 

 

 

Elizabeth Murray(a)

 

East Lansing, MI

 

84

 

79

 

83

 

+30

246

 

 

 

Hillary Urban

 

Traverse City, MI

 

88

 

77

 

81

 

+30

246

 

50

 

Margie Muzik-Curtis

 

Naperville, IL

 

80

 

80

 

87

 

+31

247

 

51

 

Stephanie Wagemann

 

Haslett, MI

 

85

 

82

 

81

 

+32

248

 

52

 

Andrea Cropper(a)

 

Nashville, TN

 

78

 

88

 

84

 

+34

250

 

53

 

Ali Restaino(a)

 

Birmingham, MI

 

86

 

87

 

79

 

+36

252

 

54

 

Kelly Kuhlman

 

Frankenmuth, MI

 

87

 

84

 

85

 

+40

256

 

55

 

Soleil Singh(a)

 

Grand Rapids, MI

 

81

 

85

 

91

 

+41

257

 

T56

 

Mackenzie Johnson(a)

 

East Lansing,MI

 

89

 

85

 

88

 

+46

262

 

 

 

Chloe Lawrie(a)

 

Swartz Creek, MI

 

88

 

85

 

89

 

+46

262

 

58

 

Molly Esordi(a)

 

Grosse Ile, MI

 

85

 

85

 

93

 

+47

263

 

59

 

Angel Cropper(a)

 

Nashville, TN

 

89

 

84

 

91

 

+48

264

 

60

 

Brandi Studer(a)

 

Essexville, MI

 

88

 

87

 

91

 

+50

266

 

 

 

 

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