Texas Women's Open: Grace Jin wins as amateurs dominate the top-10
It was a big year for the amateurs at The Texas Women's Open, with 8 of the top 10 finishers claiming no earnings.

That was probably ok with low professional Gracen Blount of Arkansas, who posted a very respectable 1-under finish for the 54-hole event at The Bridges Golf Club to claim the first professional prize of $7,500.

Kim, who edged both Camryn Carreon (San Antonio) and Britta Snyder (Ames, Iowa) by three strokes, mainly because she held off Carreon's early charge by matching her front nine of 3-under 33, and because a double-bogey on No. 14 thwarted the late charge of Synder.

Making a tap-in putt for par on the 18th green, Jin (a) was showered with cheers. “It feels good, I haven't had a win in a really long time,” said Jin (a). For her championship win and Low-Amateur honors, she took home a $1,000 golf shop gift certificate and two crystal trophies.

Michele Redman of Plymouth, Minnesota, is the first ever Ewing Automotive Group Legends of the LPGA Division champion at the Texas Women’s Open. Redman fired a smooth 34-36–70 during the final round. She finished the championship at a total of 8-under overall and two strokes ahead of the competition.

The win was a boost to Redman’s confidence going into the season, “It’s nice to get one [win] under my belt as the season gets going,” said Redman. When asked about her play, Redman responded with, “I hit it good, I hit it really good. It was nice to just be consistent…. It's been a while since I’ve won individually.”

The newly formed division had 22 competitors vying for a purse of $75,000 thanks to Ewing Automotive Group. Redman received $13,500 for her win.

The host course played at a par of 72 and a yardage of 6511. Jin hails from New Jersey, and plays for Sam Houston State.

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ABOUT THE Texas Women's Open

36-hole stroke play event open to professionals and amateurs.

Eligibility: Professional and amateur golfers who were female at birth. All amateurs must have a current USGA Handicap Index of 9.9 or lower. Contestants are NOT required to reside in Texas.

Starting Field / Format: Limited to 120 contestants. 36-hole stroke play event with no cut.

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