DLGA Director, David Whelan and DLGA Senior Instructor Larry Marshall traveled across the Atlantic last week to work with DLGA students and Alumni playing in the RICOH Women's British Open at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Four DLGA students (past and present) garnered Top 20 finishes.
Catriona Matthew, a student of DLGA Director, David Whelan, became the first-ever Scottish LPGA major championship winner this past weekend at the Women's British Open. Catriona carded a 3-under-par 285 by virture of shooting 74-67-71-73 to record a three-stroke victory over Karrie Webb. The victory is Catriona's first major title (at age 39) and third-career LPGA Tour win. She has been working with David (Whelan) over the last four years.
Catriona's final day did not start off like she had hoped as she had bogies on holes one, three and 10, but she turned the day around with three consecutive birdies on 13, 14 and 15. Another bogey at 17 turned out to be a non-factor as Catriona already had the victory sealed. Catriona survived Sunday runs by Karrie Webb and Paula Creamer. Paula, also a student of David's, doubled the last hole for a one-over, 289 total and finished in 3rd place.
Mika Miyazato a student of Larry Marshall, a 15 year David Leadbetter Golf Academy instructor, has been working with Mika for the last 14 months. Mika came to the DLGA Bradenton campus last June to work on her game and prepare of the LPGA Qualifiying School. Mika made it on her first attempt and is a Rookie this year on the LPGA Tour. Mika shot rounds of 76-72-69-75 which was good enough for 11th place.
DLGA Alum, Yani Tseng, finished in 20th place with rounds of 74-70-78-72.