Strom Storms from Behind to Win Michigan Women's Open

Lisa StromCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - Lisa Strom of Huntersville, NC came from three shots behind to win her second Michigan Women’s Open Championship at Crystal Mountain.

Strom, 33, edged first and second round leader Suzy Green-Roebuck by a shot with a clutch 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a final round 71 and a tournament total of 2-under, 214. Green-Roebuck finished alone in second at 1-under, 215.

“The key today was to be consistent,” said Strom who won here in 2007. “Today I hit a lot of greens and only misjudged one iron shot.”

Green-Roebuck, 42, entered the final round with a three-shot cushion but gave away a stroke on the first hole with a bogey…the first of four during the round. Up until then, she had recorded just three bogeys for the tournament.

Green-Roebuck has been battling a bad back all week and left the course with numbness on her right side. Storm still needed to earn her victory on the last hole.

On the par-5 18th, Green-Roebuck laid up to 70 yards and hit a wedge to nine feet. Strom went for the green in two but landed just short of the green and in the first cut of rough. Strom knocked her chip to eight feet above the hole. Green-Roebuck made her birdie and that left the last play of the 54-hole event up to Strom.

“You play in these tournaments to get into situations where your heart beat rises and it was on 18,” Strom said.

She holed the birdie putt to end the tournament and collect $5,500 of the $40,000 purse. She now heads out to the Duramed Future’s Tour for three events and then back to the LPGA Tour when they return from Asia.

Roebuck-Green heads back to her family in Ann Arbor. She hasn’t played three consecutive rounds in three days since last year’s Michigan Women’s Open.

Two long time rivals finished tied for third. Elaine Crosby, 52, of Jackson and Sue Ertl, 52, formerly of Ionia both shot 71-216 for even par.

Only four players bested par or better.

 

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