Thailand’s Kongkraphan wins Symetra golf tourney in Concord
And Thailand’s P.K. Kongkraphan answered each and every threat on the way to her first Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA — win on Sunday at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.
She became the 11th different winner in the 11 tournaments this year and the first to win when taking the lead into Sunday.
Kongkraphan shot 68-68-71-207 and was 9-under through regulation.
Jackie Stoelting and Marina Alex each matched the best round of the tournament with 66s on Sunday and were waiting and ready in case Kongkraphan and Shin faltered.
“I didn’t make many putts today, but I made my wedge shots,” Kongkraphan.
“I hit 5-wood on my tee shot and the wedge shots (on the playoff holes) were all exactly the same,” she said. “One-hundred and five, 105, 105.”
She nailed them all.
Shin and Kongkraphan stood side by side for their approach shot on the first playoff hole. Shin stuck hers within about four feet. Kongkraphan was just a little farther out.
Kongkraphan missed her putt, though. Shin missed, too.
“I should have made that putt,” Shin said. “There were some nerves. . . . And I guess I didn’t see enough break.”
On the third sudden death hole, Shin had what she called a makeable birdie putt, but then missed a short one for par.
Kongkraphan missed a three-footer for birdie, but tapped in her par putt and had her victory.
Shin earned $9,295 for second place and vaulted from 67th to 24th on the money list.
Stoelting made a major move on the list, too.
She and Alex each collected $6,008. Stoetling jumped from 23rd to 16th and Alex solidified her spot in the top ten and took over the No. 5 spot.
Kim Kaufman, who graduated from Texas Tech University in May, was in the last group for the first time and was a stroke behind Kongkraphan when the day began.
“I bogeyed one and four and did stuff I wasn’t doing all week,” Kaufman said “It was unfortunate, but I kind of held it together and was 1-under on the back. It’s disappointing, but you’ve got to learn from it.”
They each earned $2,754. Kaufman, who won a tournament in Michigan three weeks ago, slipped a spot in the money list to No. 10 with a total of $25,539.