SARASOTA, Fla. – Rachel Rohanna won the Guardian Retirement Championship on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, beating five players by two strokes.
Rohanna finished with a 2-over 74 in windy conditions for a 5-under 211 total at difficult Sara Bay.
The 24-year-old former Ohio State player earned $16,500 to jump from 16th to fourth on the money list with $23,223. The top 10 at the end of the season will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
“I can’t even feel anything right now. It has been an amazing week,” Rohanna said. “I’m so excited and so happy to have my first win down in Sarasota. I’m just happy with the way I played and I am ready to take on the next one.”
Rohanna was asked if she had any special plans for the $16,500?
“I’ve got my eye on a new heifer so I might be getting a new cow soon,” Rohanna said.
Rohanna, from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, opened with a 71 and had a 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
“When the last putt went in everything drained from my body,” Rohanna said. “I think I’ll be able to take this experience into other tournaments. I remember getting some of my first junior wins and amateur wins and those gave me so much confidence and now to finally say I have a professional win is just awesome.”
Also Sunday, her younger sister, Emily, helped Youngstown State win the Horizon League tournament.
Lee Lopez (70), Lindy Duncan (70), Jean Reynolds (70), Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (71) and Giulia Molinaro (74) tied for second. Lopez took the money lead with $26,698.