KirkwoodGolf: Kelly Grassel wins "The Sally"

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kelly Grassel wins "The Sally"

Kelly came from behind to win "The Sally"

Kelly Grassel
ORMOND BEACH, Florida -- For the first time all week in "The Sally" at Oceanside Country Club, Florida University senior Kelly Grassel didn't begin a round in the lead. What is the solution to that? Rally on the final day and take the only lead of the week that matters, the one that ensues the final round.

Grassel began the round one-stroke back, before rallying to an 8-under finish with a 3-under 69 final day. On Wednesday Grassel jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a 4-under 68 and she continued to hold the lead through 36-holes with a Friday 3-under 69 that pushed her to 7-under. Grassel had to play catch up on Saturday because of a 2-over 74 that dropped her to 5-under.Fellow Gator senior Maria Torres ended up second at 7-under and one shot short of forcing a play-off. Torres, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, closed with a 3-under 69.

UCF senior Ashley Holder, 12-year-old Alexa Pano and Florida sophomore Samantha Wagner all shared third at 5-under. Wagner had held the lead at the start of the final round.

Leading final totals in the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship (The Sally) at Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida were:

280 Kelly Grassell 68 69 74 69
281 Maria Torres 69 71 72 69
283 Ashley Holder 71 72 74 66, Alex Pano 72 70 68 72, Samantha Wagner 71 67 72 73
288 Nicolette Donovan 70 74 74 70