Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane let a victory slip away on the LPGA Legends Tour two weeks ago, when she lost in a five-hole playoff to Rosie Jones in the Harris Charity Classic in Maine.
There was no such negative carryover on Sunday when Kane put herself in position to win again. Kane put a 40-foot chip shot to within two inches of the cup on the final hole for the birdie she needed at the Legends Championship in French Lick, Ind.
It was Kane’s second career win on the Legends Tour, one that earned her $60,000 on a circuit for LPGA players who have reached their 45th birthdays.
Kane and Laurie Rinker started the round tied for the lead at three under par. Val Skinner was one shot back.
Skinner hooked her first tee shot into a hazard, setting the stage for an opening bogey that kept her chasing the co-leaders the rest of the way.
Kane opened a two-stroke lead on the front nine, then gave it back with bogeys at 13 and 14. That set the stage for a dramatic finish at the final hole, a dogleg par five.
A 25-foot birdie putt pulled Skinner to two under and within a shot of the leaders as Kane and Rinker prepared to hit their second shots to the green.
“You have to hit a good shot because it’s off a sidehill-downhill lie,’’ said Kane.
“I knew Laurie could have a little trouble with her lie and, very fortunate for me, I missed my shot in the right spot. I wound up a little right of where I wanted to go, but had a good chance to chip in,’’ she said.
Rinker wound up with a bogey after Kane got her birdie to finish at three-under-par 213. The bogey dropped Rinker into a tie with Skinner, two strokes behind the winner at the only 54-hole event of the season on the Legends Tour.
“I don’t consider myself a legend, but they gave me a place to play,’’ said Kane. “This will give me the boost my game needed. I am totally honoured to win here.”