Eaton and Klasse Win AGA Women’s Four Ball Title
The team of Kim Eaton and Leigh Klasse walked off the 18th green with a third straight AGA Women’s Four-Ball title Tuesday at Troon North Golf Club’s Monument Course. The duo combined for a one-over-par 145 over 36 holes to outlast Anj Brown and Kylie Shoemake by one shot.
“My round today was not very good until the back nine, where I made a couple of birdies on 14 and 15,” Klasse said.
“That was a game changer for sure, those two holes (14 and 15) probably sealed our fate,” said Eaton.
Molly Steffes and Tori Totlis closed the tournament with a 9-over-par 153 (73-80) and finished third. Judy Penman and Robin Krapfl placed fourth with a 10-over-par 154 (76-78).
The eventual champions were tied atop the leaderboard with the team of Brown and Shoemake after 18 holes with an opening round 1-under-par 71. A final-round two-over-par 74 would provide the difference.
Eaton and Klasse rolled into the lead by two shots after Brown and Shoemake double-bogeyed the tough par-5 3rd hole.
“I hit my tee shot into the desert and had to play my provisional which started off the hole badly,” Shoemake said. “My partner Anj had some difficulties and we both came out with a double bogey – that was hard to come back from.”
With high winds, Eaton and Klasse managed a three-over-par 39 at the turn, a two-shot lead. They would birdie holes 14 and 15 to extend the lead to three shots, and held on take home yet another Kachina trophy.
“This is our third in a row, so we are pretty happy about that,” Eaton said.
This marks the dynamic duo’s fifth Arizona Four-Ball title (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021) and their hardware display is impressive. Eaton, a seven-time Colorado Women’s Golf Association Senior Player of the Year and eight-time Arizona Senior Women’s Player of the Year, has won 19 state titles and qualified for an impressive 33 USGA Championships. Minnesota Golf Hall of Famer Klasse is a four-time Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Player of the Year, eight-time MGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year and has qualified for over 50 USGA Championships.
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