SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Helen Alfredsson has won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open by two strokes.
Alfredsson shot an even-par 72 at Pine Needles on Sunday to finish at 1-over 285 and earn her first USGA title.
The 54-year-old Swede earned $180,000 in prize money for this victory along with a 10-year exemption into the event and an invitation to next year’s U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, South Carolina.
She began the final round tied with Trish Johnson, who finished third last year at Chicago Golf Club and slipped with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. Alfredsson closed her round with 13 consecutive pars.
Johnson and Juli Inkster finished two strokes back.
Toronto’s Judith Kyrinis was tied for the low amateur score, finishing in a tie for 29th at 23 over. Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane was also in the group tied for 29th. Mary Ann Hayward of Lachine, Que., tied for 33rd at 24 over.
Kane and Hayward are both in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.