OWATONNA, MN (August 30, 2016) -- Starting the final round of the 2016 Minnesota Senior Women’s State Amateur Championship with a five-stroke advantage, Leigh Klasse widened her lead Tuesday by firing a 2-over par 75 to claim her sixth title in seven seasons.
After shooting 71 to open the championship Monday, Klasse started the final round by taking bogey on the opening hole, but answered by sinking her birdie look at the par-3 seventh hole.
She would card consecutive pars before taking a double-bogey at the par-3 13th. Klasse’s stumble late in the round proved insignificant as she would roll in five straight pars to shoot a final-round 75 to claim her sixth Minnesota Senior Women’s State Amateur Crown.
Klasse won her first title in 2010 at Olympic Hills Golf Club before claiming her second straight win at Whitefish Golf Club in 2011. She made it three straight with her win at Golden Eagle Golf Club in 2012 before cruising to a nine-shot victory to tie Nancy Harris' mark of four straight at Pokegama in 2013.
The six-time Minnesota Golf Association Senior Women's Player of the Year edged Claudia Pilot by two shots in 2014 at Pokegama Golf Club before her streak was snapped by Brenda Williams in a playoff at last year's championship at Elk River Golf Club.
Lynn Anderson carded a 7-over par 80 during the final 18 Tuesday to finish in second place at 156, 10 shots behind Klasse, while two-time champion Claudia Pilot carded an 80 for the second straight day to finish in third at 160.
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