Lee -Anne Pace lifts the trophy in the Blue Bay LPGA 54 hole tournament in China.
After a week of torrential rainfall and the inevitable delays, Lee-Anne Pace was finally crowned the Blue Bay LPGA champion on Monday morning at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course. Her third and final round finished on Monday with a 54 hole total of -16 under par, following her last round score of -5 under par 67.
She was over the moon with back to back wins on tour, but said when she heard the rain again this morning she knew play would be delayed again;
“I can’t actually believe it. I’m still so in the moment of one shot at a time that I think it’s going to hit me.”
“It’s like literally now I can relax. It’s amazing. Obviously one of my life goals, not only on the golf course, but to do something like that very special.”
“I woke up and heard the weather outside, so I had a fairly good idea it’s going to be delayed. So I took my time, got coffee. I knew it was going to be delayed and went for a lengthy breakfast.”
“I had a lot of coffee, felt tired this morning but all in all felt pretty confident. I knew I was hitting well. I knew I could do it down the stretch. I’ve done it before.”
“I look back at last week and how I actually played better towards the end. So I thought, you know, just do the same thing and I hit some really nice iron shots coming in on the last few holes.”
” To out with a birdie is obviously a bonus. I saw Caroline making a move but I said to myself, you’re far ahead, come on.”
Caroline Masson finished in third place, three shots off the lead at -13 under par, and pushed hard all the way to the end. She also had a final round of -5 under par 67, and was happy with the result;
” I’m happy with that finish and that was all I could do, obviously I wanted to play.”
” I was in a good position and wanted to play. I knew we were going to play and we probably were going to play in any condition. So I think it’s hard to have a good attitude, you know, but just once you get out there, do that, and I fought hard.”
Tied in third place were Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda,both ladies posting final scores of -11 under par. Michelle had a final round -2 under par 70, while Jessica carded an even par last round.