Senior LPGA Championship

Helen Alfredsson finished the tournament at 2-under

October 14–16
French Lick Resort, The Pete Dye Course, French Lick, Indiana
$650,000


The winds and weather were brutal on the final day of the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank on Wednesday. With temperatures dropping and gusts increasing, only Helen Alfredsson finished the tournament under par at -2 and claimed the 2019 title in French Lick. Alfredsson, a seven-time LPGA Tour winner and major champion, claimed her second senior major of the season after winning the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open this past May. 

Alfredsson birded three times on the opening nine holes, as second-round leader Juli Inkster bogeyed twice through nine and dropped from the top spot two groups behind. With just one bogey on No. 11, Alfredsson recorded a string of pars to ride out the lead until the final putt dropped on Wednesday evening.

“As all the sports psychologists say, take one shot at a time. That’s even more crucial on a day like today, and really stay out of the trouble areas which you can find here quite easy and that’s what I was trying to do all day. It wasn’t always pretty but hopefully it was quite efficient,” said Alfredsson. 


Alfredsson finished T2 in 2017 and T3 in 2018, and felt a win was close on the Pete Dye course. “It was a great feeling to win the U.S. Senior Women’s Open and to get a USGA trophy because it eluded me for some time,” said Alfredsson. “I’ve always wanted to do it in the end, be strong, to be headstrong, and that’s what I’m more pleased with. When the fire gets in your belly, I meant, it goes up [in my head] anyways, playing and all this other stuff. So, I’m more pleased with that I’m able to keep it together.”

LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Inkster struggled on the back nine, with three more bogeys and only one birdie to finish in solo second at +1 after shooting a 76. It was her third second-place finish in a senior major, but she knows there is more to look forward to. “My practice swings felt good and then I get over it and it’s like my lower body was just stopping,” said Inkster. “You know what, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow.”

Trish Johnson , who watched Alfredsson accept the same Senior LPGA Championship trophy she won in 2017, finished in a tie for third with Moira Dunn-Bohls . Michele Redman rounded out the top five after shooting a 72 to put her at +3.

Only one other player recorded an under-par round on the final day. Michele McGann teed off first on Wednesday and shot a 69 to move from T43 to T19 at +11.

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After hoisting the trophy, Alfredsson announced she would be sponsoring a red wagon at the Riley Children’s Hospital. “What we do with the Riley kids, you feel like you’re leaving this place, and you met all these amazing kids, and hopefully we do something good,” said Alfredsson. “We enjoy this, but more important if we are able to give back. 


Pos
Player
ToPar
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Helen Alfredsson
-2
72
72
70
214
2
Juli Inkster
1
72
69
76
217
T3
Trish Johnson
2
72
71
75
218
T3
Moira Dunn-Bohls
2
70
73
75
218
5
Michele Redman
3
76
71
72
219

6
Becky Morgan
4
73
74
73
220
T7
Lisa Grimes
5
76
71
74
221
T7
Jill McGill
5
66
79
76
221
T7
Rosie Jones
5
70
74
77
221
T7
Jean Bartholomew
5
73
70
78
221
T11
Christa Johnson
6
75
74
73
222
T11
Maria McBride
6
71
75
76
222
13
Maggie Will
7
74
76
73
223
T14
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
9
75
73
77
225
T14
Liselotte Neumann
9
73
75
77
225
T16
Silvia Cavalleri
10
78
74
74
226
T16
Leta Lindley
10
75
77
74
226
T16
Alicia Dibos
10
76
74
76
226
T19
Michelle McGann
11
77
81
69
227
T19
Danielle Ammaccapane
11
76
78
73
227
T19
Janice Moodie
11
74
78
75
227
T19
Catrin Nilsmark
11
74
74
79
227
T19
Laura Davies
11
74
73
80
227
24
Audra Burks
12
71
80
77
228
T25
Charlotta Sorenstam
13
77
76
76
229
T25
Barb Mucha
13
75
78
76
229
T27
Lisa DePaulo
14
77
80
73
230
T27
Kathryn Imrie
14
81
72
77
230
T29
Donna Andrews
15
77
78
76
231
T29
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
15
73
78
80
231
T31
Kris Tschetter
16
81
77
74
232
T31
Stefania Croce
16
80
78
74
232
T31
Susie Redman
16
77
76
79
232
T34
Dina Ammaccapane
17
75
82
76
233
T34
Kristal Parker
17
77
75
81
233
T36
Suzanne Strudwick
18
82
75
77
234
T36
Nicole Jeray
18
76
81
77
234
T36
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman
18
75
82
77
234
T36
Jane Crafter
18
72
82
80
234
T36
Tammie Green
18
76
75
83
234
T41
Becky Iverson
19
83
75
77
235
T41
Clarissa Childs
19
80
78
77
235
T41
Brandie Burton
19
79
79
77
235
T44
Pat Hurst
20
83
74
79
236
T44
Cindy Figg-Currier
20
78
79
79
236
T44
Cheryl Fox
20
81
74
81
236
47
Karen Stupples
21
77
77
83
237
48
Sue Ginter
23
76
78
85
239
49
Val Skinner
24
79
79
82
240
CUT
Laurie Rinker
15
82
77
159
CUT
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
15
81
78
159
CUT
Marilyn Lovander
15
78
81
159
CUT
Hollis Stacy
16
78
82
160
CUT
Caroline Blaylock
17
82
79
161
CUT
Karen Davies
17
80
81
161
CUT
Cindy Rarick
17
80
81
161
CUT
Michelle Murphy
17
77
84
161
CUT
Barb Bunkowsky
19
81
82
163
CUT
Elaine Crosby
19
81
82
163
CUT
Jane Geddes
19
81
82
163
CUT
Gail Graham
19
81
82
163
CUT
Barbara Moxness
19
78
85
163
CUT
Lori West
20
85
79
164
CUT
Amy Fruhwirth
20
82
82
164
CUT
Leslie Spalding
20
82
82
164
CUT
Anne Marie Palli
20
81
83
164
CUT
Kathryn Young-Robyn
20
77
87
164
CUT
Laura Shanahan Rowe
21
83
82
165
CUT
Lori Atsedes
21
82
83
165
CUT
Kim Williams
21
82
83
165
CUT
Tina Tombs
22
82
84
166
CUT
Tracy Hanson
23
82
85
167
CUT
Nancy Scranton
25
83
86
169
CUT
Lorie Kane
26
90
80
170
CUT
Laura Baugh
27
84
87
171
CUT
Lenore Rittenhouse
30
82
92
174
CUT
Debby Pinnell
34
90
88
178
CUT
Lee Ann Walker
73
127
90
217
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