Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) shot three straight birdies from hole 15 to 17 to capture the eighth annual Four Winds Invitational title by two strokes at 9-under par overall.
Delacour carded a final round 5-under par 67 to step into the winner’s circle for the first time in her professional career.
“It was hard because I made the turn and was leading, then made a bogey on No. 11,” said Delacour, recounting the flow of action in the final round. “Jillian three-putted on No. 14 and from there I actually had a chance. I looked at the leaderboard after No. 15 and there were so many girls bunched together. Made good birdie on No. 15 and smoked my drive on No. 16, then another good birdie there and also birdie on No. 17. Told me to make par on No. 18 and just enjoy the moment.”
After posting the first round of 3-over par 75 she surely wasn’t looked as a strong contender but with her following rounds of 65 and 67 sealed the deal for her in Indiana.
It also ends a long winless streak that dates back to the 2009 British Girls Amateur Championship
“I’m going to keep this trophy with me and sleep with it tonight because it’s my baby now,” Delacour said with a big smile. “Means a lot because I was struggling at the end of last year, was at a good point in Q-Series and couldn’t make it. For two or three months, I didn’t want to play golf anymore and it was really hard. I had really great support from family and friends which helped a lot.”