Samantha Richdale’s victory at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic not only earned her the fourth Symetra Tour win of her career, as well as $26,250, but it also vaulted her into first place on the tour’s money list at $29,591.
Richdale, from Kelowna, B.C., won once in 2008 and twice in 2009. The top 10 on the money list at the end of the season graduate to the LPGA Tour.
“I’m very excited,” said Richdale, who last won at the 2009 Turkey Hill Classic in Harrisburg, Pa. “It seems like forever the last time, I won so this is a big day for me.
“Overall, my game worked out well and I was able to hit some good shots and even when I didn’t I was able to hit some really good short game shots,” said Richdale. “This was a big confidence builder for me.”
Richdale was destined to leave Lake Wales, Fla., Sunday evening and had a flight to Los Angeles on her way to the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship being played in Hawaii, but she missed it and is undecided on whether she will try to get a different flight to Hawaii or play in Fort Myers next week on the Symetra Tour.
“My ultimate goal is to get better status on the LPGA,” saidd Richdale, who has partial status based on her T41 finish at LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2015.
“At this point, I’m not sure of my plans so I’m thinking about going to Gary’s Oyster Bar for a celebratory dinner,” said Richdale.
Richdale is now second all-time in career earnings on the Symetra Tour.
“I just tried to stay calm out there and have fun and take it one shot at a time,” said Richdale. “I really committed to playing my game and hitting my shots and it worked.”
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