Monday, March 13, 2017



Olivia Jordan-Higgins, from Jersey in the Channel Isles, captured her third win on the LPGA Symetra Tour on Sunday at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic beating Yu Liu (Beijing, China) and Christine Song (Fullerton, California) by a shot with a 10-under-par total of 206

"It feels really good," Jordan-Higgins said. "I don't think I can really put into words how it feels yet. This has been 18 months' work all put together. I couldn't ask for a better start to the Symetra Tour season right now."

With Jordan-Higgins sitting tied for the lead at 7-under par through eight holes' play in the final round, it was halted at 3:23 p.m. due to inclement weather in the area. Following a 1hr 52min rain delay, Jordan-Higgins returned to the course refocused and primed for the victory.

"The key today was patience," Jordan-Higgins explained. "I was a little tense on the front and trying too hard to make things happen that just weren't happening and I did make some a mistake on seven. It just came down to patience and knowing that I had a lot of birdie changes left after my double on seven."

Coming back after the rain delay, Jordan-Higgins carded three birdies and no bogeys to finish at 10-under and seal the victory. The 7th year pro took the lead for good with a clutch 6-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th.

A pair of tap in par putts coming in allowed the Jersey native and former US college student to celebrate her victory on the 18th green with her caddie.

"One of my things was that I wasn't going to scoreboard watch just because it means I'm focusing on other people and not what I'm doing so I actually didn't know where I really stood until I finished. It was a nice surprise," Jordan-Higgins admitted with a smile.

With the win, Jordan-Higgins earned $18,750 and takes the early lead on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List.

"I can't ask for better honestly," Jordan-Higgins said. "I feel pretty confident about this year and having this win early on makes life a lot easier."

The quick start to the year is big for Jordan-Higgins who fell just $114 short of an LPGA Tour card in 2013, and finished in the top 20 on the money list each year from 2012-2014. The seventh-year pro is hoping this year will be the year she makes the jump to the LPGA Tour.

"I want it more than anything," Jordan-Higgins said of making the LPGA. "This is what I've wanted since I started playing golf. The key for me is to let it happen. I have all of the tools I need and all of the support I need so it's just a matter of accepting whatever happens."

Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh finished T51 on 222 with scores of 71, 78 and 73. She earned $531.

England's Charlotte Thomas earned $479 for scores of 74, 75 and 74 for 223 and a T57 final placing.

Par 216 (3x72)
206 Olivia Jordan-Higgins (Channel Islands) 66 70 70 ($18,750)
207 Christine Song (USA) 72 69 66, Yu Liu (China) 71 69 67 ($10,228 each)

222 Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland) 71 78 73 ($531)
223 Charlotte Thomas (England) 74 75 74 ($479).