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Lopez completes birthday week in style with first LPGA victory

One day after celebrating her 25th birthday with a hole in one, Gaby Lopez went one better, carding a final-round 73 and earning her first LPGA victory at the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA with a final score of 8-under 280. The native of Mexico City, who yesterday celebrated her 25th birthday, earned a one-stroke win over Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn at -7, with a surging Celine Boutier finishing third at -6.

Playing in the final group with Jutanugarn and World No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, Lopez drew inspiration from the star power surrounding her on the golf course.


Lombardi, Duvall and Lau are awarded 2018 LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarships

Grace Lombardi, Bria Duvall and Sophia Lau have been selected as the 2018 winners of the LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarships, which are granted annually through The LPGA Foundation.

Lombardi, Duvall and Lau each received a $5,000 college scholarship and will enjoy a VIP ‘inside the LPGA’ experience at the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Tour Championship, to be played next week at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, from Nov. 15-18. All three are alumnae of LPGA Leadership Academies, Lombardi and Duvall having attended in 2016 and Lau in 2017.


Jennifer Alexander to receive 2019 LPGA T&CP President’s Award

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2019 President’s Award during the LPGA T&CP National Awards ceremony at next year's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA T&CP National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership.


Nasa Hataoka wins 2018 TOTO Japan Classic

With a birdie on the final hole raising cries from the throngs of adoring fans ringing the green, riding Japanese star Nasa Hataoka won the 2018 TOTO Japan Classic for her second career LPGA win. Hataoka earned a two-stroke win over Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Hataoka’s countrywomen Momoko Ueda and Saki Nagamine.

“I'm so proud. I'm so happy to win this event,” said Hataoka, who becomes the season’s second multiple winner. “Actually, I wanted to win this tournament before it began. I am really happy to accomplish it.”


Becky Morgan wins Women’s Indian Open

Wales’ Becky Morgan secured her first professional title with a two shot victory in the Hero Women’s Indian Open. In her 18th year on tour, and after rounds of 72, 72, 68 and 69, for a total of 281, seven-under-par,  she could finally enjoy her moment in the sun.

“It’s taken me 18 years and it’s a mixture of excitement and relief that finally I have done it. I didn’t look at the scoreboard until the 18th green because I knew anything could happen. I knew I was doing fairly well, because I was playing well, but I kept to myself and let it happen,” said Morgan.


Symetra Tour rookie Eun Jeong Seong wins Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

It took 76 holes, but Eun Jeong Seong (Yongin, Republic of Korea) eventually walked away the victor at the fourth annual Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic for the Symetra Tour rookie’s first professional win.

Seong and Stephanie Meadow (Jordanstown, Northern Ireland) were tied atop the leaderboard at 12-under par following the conclusion of 72 holes. They proceeded to play the par-3 18th in a sudden-death playoff format until a winner was decided.


Swede success for Jenny Haglund in Morocco

Sweden’s Jenny Haglund made a birdie on the second play-off hole to claim her first Ladies European Tour title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Rabat, Morocco.

Haglund shared a three-way tie for the 72-hole lead with overnight co-leader Sarah Kemp and the 2017 event champion Klara Spilkova on three-under-par 285, after firing rounds of 75, 72, 68 and 70 over the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.


Pernilla Lindberg sees off Inbee Park on 8th Playoff Hole for career defining win

It took her 193 starts on the LPGA and then eight playoff holes, but Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg broke through on Monday morning at the ANA Inspiration to claim her first LPGA victory. She dropped a brilliant 30-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole of the morning to stamp her long awaited signature LPGA moment.

“I just know I’m a grinder and I just felt this was mine and I’m going to do this,” said Lindberg immediately after the win. “I couldn’t believe that last one went in and Inbee didn’t hole hers and it’s mine.


Salas, Ji and Kim tied for the lead at Kia Classic

American Lizette Salas sits in a tie with Korean players Eun-Hee Ji and In-Kyung Kim at 11-under par through 54 holes at the Kia Classic. Ji and Salas make up the final grouping of the day at 1:45 p.m., while Kim will play in front of them at 1:35 p.m. alongside Chinese Taipei’s Wei-Ling Hsu (-10).

Ji shot a 5-under par 67 to climb up the leaderboard - the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion will be aiming for her fourth career LPGA victory and first since the 2017 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.


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