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Lauri Merten birdied two of the final three
holes, closed with a round of 68 and watched and waited as challengers
slipped back. The end result was a one-shot victory for Merten over Helen
Alfredsson, of Sweden, and Donna Andrews, of Pinehurst, N.C. Merten, of
Greenville, Del., shot 280, 4 under par.
Alfredsson and Ayako Okamoto, of Japan,
shot opening rounds of 68 to tie for the first-round lead. And altogether,
20 players posted first rounds under par while another 10 were even.
Alfredsson led again after the second and
third rounds, leaving the course Saturday with a two-shot lead over Japan's
Hiromi Kobayashi. She was three ahead of Pat Bradley, of Camp Hill, Pa.
Only Alfredsson's slip to 74 in the final
round gave Merten a chance. And she took full advantage of the opportunity.
On Sunday at the 16th, Merten holed a 70-foot chip to move to 7 under.
On the 17th she held her ground with two putts for a par 3. Then on the
18th, she nailed a 6-iron to within four feet and a final birdie.
Starts - 8
Best Finish - Winner in 1993
Rds - 26
Cuts Made - 5
Top 3 - 1
Top 5 - 1
Top 10 - 1
Top 25 - 3
Avg. - 74.35
Scores In 60s - 3
Rds Under Par - 7
Earnings - $163,927.83