For the second time in three weeks, Annie Park of Levittown took a huge step toward reaching the LPGA Tour. She won again on the Symetra Tour Sunday, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to secure the PHC Classic title in Milwaukee.
Park became a multiple winner in only her sixth pro event. "I'm really happy to be out here and playing against some of the best players in the world . . . I'm just speechless right now," she said.
The top 10 players for the season on the developmental Symetra circuit automatically qualify for the LPGA next year. Park became the first this year to win two Symetra events. The 20-year-old, who left USC early and turned pro in June, secured her first professional victory two weeks ago at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic in Rochester.
Heading into the final round of the PHC, she was tied for third, three strokes back.
On Sunday in Milwaukee, with her mother, Ann, again caddying for her, Park birdied three of her final five holes in regulation to force a playoff with former UCLA golfer Lee Lopez.
They played the par-5 18th hole three times, with each golfer making a par the first two times. On the third try, Park hit safely on the right side of the fairway, put her second shot 40 yards from the green, landed her third by the hole and watched it roll 15 feet past, then made the putt.