KENMORE — Sherri Turner followed up a flawed approach shot to the 18th green at Inglewood Golf Club with a perfect 25-foot birdie putt to win the Legends Swing for the Cure tournament Sunday.
Turner’s dramatic birdie on the final hole gave her a 3-under-par 70, one shot better than runners-up Patty Sheehan and Christa Johnson.
Turner figured she needed a birdie on the final hole to win, but drove it in the right rough at the par-5 finishing hole, didn’t quite get back to the fairway with her second and then was disappointed when her 125-yard approach shot skipped over the back of the green before curling back onto the edge of the putting surface.
“There was no reason for me to hit a bad shot other than me thinking ‘hey, I have a chance to win,’ ” Turner said with a laugh. “I consider myself very fortunate that the ball stayed where it did considering how poor a shot I hit. That entire hole wasn’t really pretty until that putt rolled in, but we all know in golf that good putts make up for bad shots.”
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That good putt helped her avoid a three-way playoff and gave Turner $15,000 of the $150,000 purse.
Turner, who made five birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars in her round, was quick to pass the credit to caddie Ellie Gibson for reading her tournament-winning putt. “It was 25 feet down the hill and dead straight,” Turner said. “It never moved, it just kept going right into the middle of the cup. These greens are really tough to read, and together we only misread one or two putts.”
The win was Turner’s third on the Legends Tour, matching her LPGA Tour total.
Sheehan, playing one group behind Turner, birdied No. 17 but thought it would take an eagle on the final hole to get into a playoff.
“I had a feeling she would make birdie on the last hole, but I drove it into the trees and didn’t even have a shot to get on the green,” Sheehan said.
An LPGA Hall of Famer who had three of her 31 LPGA Tour titles at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Sheehan finished second for the second year in a row.
“I played mediocre on the front and really well on the back,” Sheehan said. “I don’t play all that much anymore, so I’m really thrilled with 2-under par.”
Sheehan joked that she would like to see the tournament expanded to 36 holes so she would have more time to get out of second place and get another win in the Northwest.
“I just get good vibes up here,” Sheehan said. “People are very knowledgeable and I appreciate the fans come out and remember who I am and who we are as a group. It’s great to have this opportunity to come up and play.”
Defending champion Nancy Scranton put her name on the leaderboard early, but finished at even-par 73 to finish tied for sixth.