LEAWOOD, Kan., - First-year Duramed FUTURES Tour player Elisa Serramia of Barcelona, Spain, claimed her first Tour victory today in the $100,000 Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship. Serramia won by one shot at 218 (+5), posting a final-round score of 1-under 70.
Serramia ended her day tied with co-leaders, Selanee Henderson (77) of Apple Valley, Calif., and Jean Reynolds (75) of Newnan, Ga., and faced a possible three-way playoff. But as Serramia waited and putted on the practice green, Henderson and Reynolds both bogeyed the 18th hole, allowing Serramia to take the win. Henderson and Newnan tied for second along with Yoora Kim (70) of Seoul, South Korea, at 6-over-par (219).
"I was just getting ready, mentally preparing myself for a playoff," said Serramia, the 2005 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year. "I made birdie on 18, so I knew they could, as well. I just didn't think about it. I didn't want to watch."
Serramia was still a bit numb when she learned of her win, saying she focused today on just staying in the running.
"I thought if I can stay under-par, I can be up there," said Serramia. "I never thought about winning. I don't feel anything right now. Maybe later."
Along with the birdie on 18, Serramia birdied holes 3, 10 and 15, with one bogey on 2 and a double-bogey on 9.
"The pin placement was tricky," said Serramia. "I needed to putt good today. I'm really happy with a par on 16, as I almost hit a tree. I really had to work to save par on that hole."
First-round leader Seo-Jae Lee (76) of Seoul, South Korea, finished in fifth place at 7-over-par (220) with Janell Howland (77) of Boise, Idaho, while Hannah Yun (70) of Bradenton, Fla., tied for sixth at 221 (+7).
With today's win, Serramia moves to the No. 4 position in the Duramed FUTURES Tour money list. Reynolds returns to the top spot while Misun Cho of Cheongju, South Korea, slips down one spot to No. 2, and Angela Buzminski of Oshawa, Ontario, moves to third.
The Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship, presented by Zurich, was held at the Leawood South Country Club for the third year. Next stop for the Duramed FUTURES Tour will be the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa, set for June 5-7.
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photos Janos Schmidt