LAFAYETTE, La. – There were starts and stops and far too many drops, but the rain-shortened Louisiana Pelican Classic ended on a sunny note for Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., who fired a personal-best 66 to emerge as the best mudder.
Richdale carded a two-under-par 70 at the Duramed Futures Tour event on Friday at The Wetlands and was on the second green when the second round was suspended on Saturday.
When play resumed on Sunday, she finished the hole almost 24 hours later with a 12-footer for birdie that jump-started her day. Richdale attacked the course and won by three shots by finishing eight-under for the tournament at 136.
“I was pretty nervous about today with so much waiting around. I just tried to go for the greens and pins that I could go for,” said Richdale.
After Saturday’s rain delay, more rain fell that evening and the tour’s attempt to restart Saturday’s second round at 7:30 a.m., was pushed back to 1 p.m. today and it became a 36-hole event.
By Sunday noon, the sun came back out, the wind picked up and 72 players returned to finish Saturday’s round with a clean-and-place ruling in effect.
With two birdies on her first four holes, and a bogey at the seventh, Richdale took charge of the tournament with an eagle on the par five ninth hole.
Playing from a fairway bunker 213 yards out, she pulled her 17-degree hybrid club and holed out to tie for the lead.
Richdale took the lead with a birdie from three feet on No. 11 and added insurance with birdies on 13 and 15.
On the last hole, she hit past the flagstick to the back fringe and got up and down for par from 25 feet above the hole for her three-shot victory and second career win on the Duramed Futures Tour.
With files & images from Lisa Mickey, Duramed Futures Tour