Wily old veteran Angela Stanford won her first career major starting the day 5 strokes behind overnight leader Amy Olson.
It was a rollarcoaster finish for the 40 year old who had an eagle on the 15th, double bogey the 16th and then birdied the 17th to finish 12 under for the tournament. Olsen who only needed a par on the 18th for the win hooked her tee shot into the rough and then three putted on the green to finish in second place.
“You know, I remember my first time being in contention [in a major] was in 2003 at the [U.S. Women’s] Open,” Stanford said. “I was in a playoff [with Kelly Robbins and Hilary Lunke, won by Lunke.] I didn't know at the time how close I was because it was only my third year and I had know idea what I was doing, to be perfectly honest.”
“As the years go on and you have all the near misses you think, ‘Wow, am I ever going to get that close again?’’ she
said. “I had that moment on 16 tee today. Okay, you know, here you are again. This is as close as you've been in I don't know how long. So now what? We saw what happened.”
“I'm grateful, and so happy for everybody at home, everybody that's all cheered for me and never gave up on me,” she said, in a reference to her mother’s battle with cancer. “I mean, God is funny. He catches you off guard just when you think that maybe you're done. It's amazing. I mean, I don't think -- I couldn't have asked for it any other way. It's not my plan, so it's pretty cool.”