LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Canada's Samantha Richdale won the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.
The 31-year-old British Columbia player had a 7-under 209 total at Lake Wales Country Club and earned $26,250 to take the money lead with $26,250. She won for the fourth time on the tour and the first time since August 2009.
"I'm very excited," Richdale said. "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. Even when I didn't, I was able to hit some really good short-game shots. This was a big confidence builder for me."
Fifteen-year-old amateur Ya-Chun Chang of Taiwan and Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom tied for second. Chang, the second-round leader who was trying to become the youngest winner in tour history, shot a 72. Sagstrom finished with a 69.
Richdale has partial status on the LPGA Tour and planned to travel to Hawaii for the event next week. But she missed her flight and was undecided 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," Richdale said. "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."