Dottie Ardina wins Copper Rock Championship and receives check for $30,000, Hurricane, Utah, April 23, 2022 | Photo by Mark Musgrave, St. George News
HURRICANE – It could very well become one of the greatest final stage performances in Epson Tour history.
Dottie Ardina of the Philippines was five strokes behind Emma Broze at the start of the final round on Saturday. She shot a bogey-free, 7-under 65 at the Copper Rock Golf Course in Hurricane to win the Copper Rock LPGA Championship by two strokes at 5-under par.
“I wanted to have fun there and my goal was 5 cents to have a chance. But 7 under is even better,” said Ardina, who hit all 14 fairways. “There never was this moment because [my playing partner] Anita [Uwadia] was birdying a lot too, so I kind of lost track on the back nine. We were both doing birdies to stay close to each other. And I didn’t want to check the rankings.
Ardina turned pro in April 2013. Over the years on the Epson circuit, particularly in 2018, she has suffered many close calls. This season alone, Ardina finished second in the Symetra Classic, the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic, and the PHC Classic.
She also tied for second place on two other occasions at the Donald Ross Classic and the IOA Golf Classic.
For these reasons, this victory means a lot more for Ardina. The two punches that followed his 12-foot birdie putt on the No. 18 to seal the victory captured all his emotion.
“I kept saying to myself, ‘Calm down, calm down, make a good shot and you’ll make the putt.’ I didn’t look at a leaderboard until No. 18,” Ardina said. “I stayed focused on the line for the putt and as soon as it got to where I wanted it, that’s what that time I did the first push-ups because I knew it was going to go in.
“I’ve played good golf the past few years and I knew I was right. I wasn’t expecting it this week because of the weather, but I took advantage of the good weather today.
Marta Sanz Barrio (67) and Laetitia Beck (68) each finished at 3 under par to tie second place, while Jaravee Boonchant (68), Anita Uwadia (68) and Amelia Garvey (71) finished at 2 under fourth place. . Five players tied for seventh, including 36-hole leader Broze, who shot a 3 of 75 in the final round.
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