Young Pulls Through for First WAPT Win
Coming into the final round with a 1 stroke lead, Anna Young placed immense pressure on herself to hold on to victory. In spite of three bogeys in the first six holes, the second year pro from Saskatoon, Canada responded to the pushes from Alexis Sadeghy and Sydney Cox to take her first WAPT victory.
A Nerve-Wracking Opening
“I was so nervous!” Young immediately exclaimed after walking off the 18th hole to describe her start. It was certainly uncharacteristic of her play. She had been so solid for the first two rounds, but three bogeys in the first six holes and Young found herself two shots back of a rookie.
The Lead Lost
Alexis Sadeghy, in her first professional tournament, played stroke for stroke with Young through the opening 5 holes. But a tap-in birdie at the 6th along with Young’s third bogey of the day gave the recent Oklahoma State graduate the lead.
Young Rights the Ship
Young responded to the lead change with birdies on the 7th and 9th hole. Sadeghy, however, began to struggle and closed the front nine with two bogeys. In three holes, Young regained her lead and extended it to 3 strokes over Sadeghy and 5 shots over the previous week’s winner, Sydney Cox.
Sydney Cox Emerges
Sitting three strokes back at the start of the final round, Cox had not made much noise. Turning in three over on the front, she trailed Young by five with nine holes left to play. Sadeghy continued to struggle on the back nine with 4 bogies and faded out of contention.
Cox cut into Young’s lead with a par at the tenth and took two more strokes with sticking it at 11 and chipping in at 12 for back to back birdies, and Young’s lead appeared to be slipping away, again.
Once again, a par 3 would stabilize Young. A birdie at the 13th and three-putt bogie for Cox and again, Young extended her lead to 4 shots with 5 to play. Young would play in the rest of the way at even par to take home her first WAPT victory and $5,000.