Min Seo Kwak captures first Symetra Tour event

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Min Seo Kwak (Symetra Tour)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – South Korea’s Min Seo Kwak won the inaugural Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday at Cypress Lake for her first Symetra Tour title.

The 23-year-old Kwak had four consecutive birdies early on the back nine and finished with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Australia’s Stephanie Na.

Kwak’s win came in her 65th start on the tour.

“It’s really nice to win this week. I’ve worked harder this year than I did last year,” Kwak said. “I wish my mom was here to see my win, but it feels great regardless.”

She earned $15,000 to jump from 37th to fourth on the money list with $19,556. The top 10 at the end of the season will earn 2015 LPGA Tour cards.

Runner up Na finished with a 71.

Cindy Feng and Demi Runas tied for third at 2 under. Feng, the money leader with $41,407, had a 71, and Runas shot 69.

Maude-Aimée Leblanc (69-74-76), who sits ninth on the Tour’s money list, was the top finishing Canadian. The Sherbrooke, Que. native finished tied for 22nd at 3-over 219.

Brogan McKinnon (76-73-74) of Mississauga, Ont. and Jessica Wallace (78-71-74) of Langley, B.C. tied for 47th at 7-over 223.

Jessica Shepley (70-74-80) of Oakville, Ont. tied for 54th at 8-over 224, while Erica Rivard (75-74-78) of Tecumseh, Ont. tied for 68th at 11-over par.