Alena Sharp wins Symetra Tour season-opener

Alena Sharp (Symetra Tour/ LPGA)

MESA, Ariz. – LPGA Tour member and Hamilton, Ont. native Alena Sharp won the Symetra Tour’s season-opening Visit Mesa Gateway Classic on Sunday, beating Marissa Steen by two-shots and four players by three strokes.

The 32-year-old closed with a 1-under 71 for a 12-under 204 total at Longbow Golf Club. She finished second last year, two strokes behind Jaclyn Sweeney.

With the win, Sharp earns $15,000 (US).

Emily Talley (65), Becca Huffner (68), Sadena Parks (68) and Jennie Lee (71) tied for second.

Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, had a 71 to tie for 14th at 3 under. She won the Australian Ladies Masters two weeks ago.

Canadian Results:

1. Alena Sharp (-12) 67-66-71–204
T12.   Sara-Maude Juneau (-4)  67-72-73–212
T27.   Samantha Richdale (-1) 73-71-71—215
T42.   Natalie Gleadall        (+1) 70-75-72–217
— Missed Cut —
CUT   Erica Rivard (+5) 77-72–149
CUT  Stephanie Sherlock (+7) 78-73–151
CUT   Angela Buzminski (+10) 77-77–154
CUT   Lisa Meldrum (+14) 84-74–158
CUT   Nicole Vandermade (+17) 80-81–161