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Anderson Holds on to Claim Minnesota Women’s State Open

August 17, 2016

Lynn Anderson of Keller GC fired a final round 5-over 77 to hang on and win the 2016 Minnesota Women’s State Open at Indian Hills Golf Club. The first round yesterday was suspended due to severe weather and unplayable conditions. Players who were on the course at the time of the suspension yesterday finished their rounds this morning resuming from the same spot they were at when yesterday’s suspension occurred.

“Yesterday, I ended the day with a birdie on the 17th [prior to the suspension],” she said. “I had a short, uphill putt that I made which felt good.”

Lynn Anderson

Anderson began the final round today on the par-5 18th, the only hole left to finish her first round. On the 18th, she missed a 5-foot birdie putt that left a sour taste in her mouth; although she was optimistic about her first round play.

“It was good, really good. I actually missed some opportunities out there, so it could have been even better for me,” said Anderson. “It was one of those days where everything clicked. I was hitting the greens, making putts, and was able to roll some in .”

She attributed her early success to her new approach and mental focus during the round, “for almost two weeks now, I have been working on finishing strong and not getting ahead of myself,” she said smiling. “Staying within the moment and focusing on the shot at hand because I tend to jump ahead from time to time.”

Her second round wasn’t pretty by any means, but she took advantage of opportunities when she needed to. Especially with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 18th and par-4 1st—her only two birdies on the day.

“I rolled in the putt on the 18th from about 15-feet which was nice,” Anderson said. She followed that up with another lengthy, 20-foot birdie make on the 1st to get back to 2-over on the day.

She would finish out with three bogeys and no birdies on her final eight holes for a 5-over 77 and 4-over 148 two-day total. “I wasn’t hitting the ball as crisp as the first day, but nothing too awful,” she emphasized.

Turns out, that was just good enough to hold off the rest of the field in what was an eventful second day.

Anderson, who has made it a staple of hers to finish well, was relieved to finally come out on top despite not having her strongest performance. “It feels great,” she said with a smirk. “Like finally the hard work is paying off. It definitely gives me some momentum heading into the next couple weeks.”

Martha Nause of Mendakota CC, Sierra Langlie of Bunker Hills GC and Natalie Roth of Moorhead CC finished in a three-way tie for second at 5-over 149. Past champions Lisa Grimes and Sarah Burnham finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

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