Burnham Shines En Route to Winning Michigan PGA Women’s Open

THOMPSONVILLE – LPGA Tour professional Sarah Burnham recorded seven birdies and an eagle en route to winning the 27th Michigan PGA Women’s Open at the Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Wednesday.

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Burnham carded a 9-under 63 on Wednesday, besting a trio of golfers in second place by eight strokes at 18-under for the three-day tournament. She led the tournament field after each of the three rounds and takes home $6,500 check.

“I was just able to comfortable and confident and I was able to shoot a great round today,” Burnham said. “I was able to putt much better so that helped a lot. I hit it close to the pins so it was working out, plus the eagle on three so that was great.

“I’m really thankful and glad I played this week to win. Just being back in Michigan means a lot so I’m just hoping it brings me some confidence out on tour.”

A Michigan State graduate and former two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Wednesday’s win is Burnham’s fourth of the year, adding to previous wins on the Eggland’s Best Golf Tour and Cactus Tour.

Symetra Tour professional and 2018 Michigan Women’s Open winner Elizabeth Nagel of DeWitt recorded a 4-under 68 on Wednesday to finish in a three-way tie for second place with Jessica Porvasnik and Emma Jandel.

Nishtha Mandan entered Wednesday’s final round one stroke behind Burnham but settled for ninth place at 4-under after shooting a 4-over 76 Wednesday.

Reigning champion, Traverse City West graduate and current University of Michigan sophomore Anika Dy finished tied in 13th, ending the three-day tournament at 1-over.

Hunter Kehoe of Traverse City finished tied for 28th place at 7-over while Empire’s Nichole Cox came home tied for 39th at 11-over.

Traverse City’s Emlin Munch and Katherine Hopkins finished in 65th (30-over) and 76th place (60-over), respectively.