Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational R4

Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura win

July 18-20
Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura ran away with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, shooting an 11-under 59 in best-ball play for a six-stroke victory.


Clanton and Suwannapura took a five-shot lead into the final round after shooting an alternate-shot 63 on Friday at Midland Country Club in the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event. They finished at 27-under 253.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Suwannapura said. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

Suwannapura won her second tour title, and Clanton her first.

Clanton earned spots the next two weeks in the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open. The first Auburn University player to win on the tour, she began the season without a full LPGA Tour card after finishing $8 out of the top 100 on the 2018 money list. Clanton has split time this year on the LPGA Tour and developmental Symetra Tour, winning the Symetra Tour’s El Dorado Shootout in April.

“I couldn’t even dream up to have won a Symetra event earlier this year and then to come out and win with Jasmine,” Clanton said. “It’s so funny, this is the tournament that I wanted to come and play in. I was like, ‘Team event, I’m in, let’s go.’ So, I’m blessed for the opportunity, I’m blessed that Jasmine came and let me come play with her.”



Lee and Ko go low to cap off “fun day”

Minjee Lee and Jin Young Ko finished the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational just short of the top in solo second at-21 after recording a four-ball final-round 58, the lowest round of the tournament. As much as they took the tournament seriously, Lee said it was one of the most fun times they have had this year.

“I think definitely we both played better than we did the last time we played four balls. We just had a better rhythm out there. I think we just fed off each other,” said Lee. “Jin Young had so many birdies today, so I just tried to keep up pretty much. We just had a great day out there.” 

The duo put together a bogey-free round, posting 12 birdies on the day. Ko said she was proud of their score and hopes to build off this momentum into the Evian Championship and AIG Women’s British Open. But Ko said she is already thinking of the next year in Midland. 

“My first time hit in the 60s, in a foursome, really great playing with Minjee. We had a really great time. I want to play next year with Minjee,” said Ko.

Clanton and Suwannapura – Two true #DriveOn stories

Cydney Clanton competed in the 2018 LPGA Q-Series in hopes of bettering her LPGA status for 2019. After missing the top 45 there, Clanton received a late entry into the Blue Bay LPGA. She jetted from North Carolina to the People’s Republic of China in hopes of pulling into the top 100 on the final LPGA Money List. Instead, she came up a heart-breaking $8 short of a full card for the 2019 season.

Clanton has played 2019 primarily on the Symetra Tour, where she earned a win at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. Now an LPGA Tour winner, Clanton will jump up the LPGA Priority List from 179th to 92nd and is assured of full Tour status for the next two years. She also has the fun task of quickly booking international travel, as Clanton is now exempt into next week’s Evian Championship in France and the following week’s AIG Women’s British Open in England.

“This is 100% a God plan,” said Clanton. “I couldn’t even dream up to have won a Symetra event earlier this year and then to come out and win with Jasmine. It’s so funny, this is the tournament that I wanted to come and play in. I was like, team event, I’m in, let’s go. So I’m blessed for the opportunity, I’m blessed that Jasmine came and let me come play with her.”

Three years ago, Jasmine Suwannapura didn’t know if she would ever walk again, let alone play golf. While taking a practice swing at the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, Suwannapura broke her back and was sidelined for six months. After surgery, months of rehab and totally rebuilding her swing, Suwannapura saw her hard work and patience pay off when she captured her first LPGA win at the 2018 Marathon Classic. A year later, she has added a second win to that tally and joined Ariya Jutanugarn as the only Thai players with multiple Tour victories.

“I think this is like earlier than I thought I would have this,” said Suwannapura. “I’ve been working hard with my game and every week is getting better with my irons and everything.”

CME Group Cares Challenge– Score 1 for St. Jude

The CME Group Cares Challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

There were no aces made at this week’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. There have been 18 aces recorded this season and a total of $360,000 raised thus far.

LEADERS Top 10 Competition

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

Brooke Henderson finished in fifth and Hyo Joo Kim finished T6 at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational to move up into a tie for first with Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda with eight top-10 finishes on the season. Jin Young Ko finished as the runner-up and Eun-Hee Ji finished T6 to move into a tie for fifth with seven top-10 finishes along with Lexi Thompson .


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Cydney Clanton
-27
67
64
63
59
253
Jasmine Suwannapura
2
Jin Young Ko
-21
67
66
68
58
259
Minjee Lee
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-20
70
65
64
61
260
Moriya Jutanugarn
T3
Na Yeon Choi
-20
68
64
67
61
260
Jenny Shin
5
Brooke M. Henderson
-19
65
66
69
61
261
Alena Sharp
T6
Megan Khang
-18
72
62
67
61
262
Annie Park
T6
Kim Kaufman
-18
69
62
70
61
262
Kris Tamulis
T6
In Gee Chun
-18
69
63
68
62
262
Lydia Ko
T6
Eun-Hee Ji
-18
68
64
68
62
262
Hyo Joo Kim
T6
Paula Creamer
-18
66
64
69
63
262
Morgan Pressel
11
Stephanie Meadow
-17
69
61
71
62
263
Giulia Molinaro
T12
Danielle Kang
-15
71
62
71
61
265
Lizette Salas
T12
Jessica Korda
-15
68
67
68
62
265
Nelly Korda
T12
Hee Young Park
-15
72
61
69
63
265
Jennifer Song
T12
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-15
68
63
71
63
265
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
T12
Lauren Kim
-15
69
67
65
64
265
Sarah Schmelzel
T12
Caroline Hedwall
-15
72
61
68
64
265
Anna Nordqvist
T12
Celine Boutier
-15
68
62
70
65
265
Karine Icher
T12
Simin Feng
-15
70
62
67
66
265
Ruixin Liu
T20
Brittany Altomare
-14
70
63
70
63
266
Elizabeth Szokol
T20
Mirim Lee
-14
67
64
71
64
266
Amy Yang
T20
Tiffany Chan
-14
69
62
69
66
266
Peiyun Chien
23
Jaye Marie Green
-13
72
64
67
64
267
Dani Holmqvist
T24
Youngin Chun
-11
71
65
70
63
269
Alana Uriell
T24
Aditi Ashok
-11
72
64
70
63
269
Louise Stahle
T24
Lindy Duncan
-11
72
64
67
66
269
Ally McDonald
T27
Yu Liu
-10
69
65
73
63
270
Angel Yin
T27
Clariss Guce
-10
71
65
71
63
270
Maddie McCrary
T27
Muni He
-10
71
64
72
63
270
P.K. Kongkraphan
T27
Celine Herbin
-10
73
60
73
64
270
Joanna Klatten
T27
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-10
71
64
69
66
270
Marissa Steen
T27
Mariajo Uribe
-10
70
65
69
66
270
Karrie Webb
T33
Cristie Kerr
-9
71
64
76
60
271
Lexi Thompson
T33
Tiffany Joh
-9
73
63
68
67
271
Jane Park
35
Marina Alex
-8
70
64
73
65
272
Brittany Lang
36
Robyn Choi
-6
67
68
75
64
274
Jaclyn Lee
37
Sarah Burnham
-4
71
65
72
68
276
Lindsey Weaver
38
Pernilla Lindberg
-2
70
65
75
68
278
Linnea Strom
39
Sarah Kemp
-1
70
66
76
67
279
Xiyu Lin
CUT
Lori Beth Adams
-3
71
66
Kelly Tan
CUT
Laura Diaz
-3
71
66
Brianna Do
CUT
Austin Ernst
-3
71
66
Bronte Law
CUT
Lee Lopez
-3
72
65
Rachel Rohanna
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
-3
73
64
Ryann O’Toole
CUT
Katherine Kirk
-3
71
66
Amy Olson
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
-3
69
68
Lilia Vu
CUT
Dottie Ardina
-2
71
67
Pavarisa Yoktuan
CUT
Sandra Changkija
-2
74
64
Paula Reto
CUT
Su Oh
-2
69
69
Mel Reid
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
-2
74
64
Pornanong Phatlum
CUT
Maria Fassi
-1
71
68
Jennifer Kupcho
CUT
Vicky Hurst
-1
74
65
Cindy LaCrosse
CUT
Catriona Matthew
-1
73
66
Suzann Pettersen
CUT
Stacy Lewis
-1
72
67
Gerina Piller
CUT
Sophia Popov
-1
73
66
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
CUT
Heather Bowie Young
E
71
69
Ashli Bunch
CUT
Kristen Gillman
E
74
66
Lauren Stephenson
CUT
Daniela Darquea
E
75
65
Brittany Marchand
CUT
Luna Sobron Galmes
E
71
69
Maria Torres
CUT
Kendall Dye
1
75
66
Kristy McPherson
CUT
Isi Gabsa
1
75
66
Cheyenne Knight
CUT
Sandra Gal
1
78
63
Natalie Gulbis
CUT
Becca Huffer
1
74
67
Amelia Lewis
CUT
Silvia Cavalleri
1
73
68
Min Lee
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
2
75
67
Mina Harigae
CUT
Dori Carter
2
77
65
Angela Stanford
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
3
79
64
Suzuka Yamaguchi
CUT
Karen Chung
3
76
67
Christina Kim
CUT
Olafia Kristinsdottir
3
76
67
Cheyenne Woods
CUT
Stephanie Kono
5
76
69
Erynne Lee
CUT
Elayna Bowser
10
77
73
Chaithra Katamneni

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