A player named LaCrosse won in Syracuse -- go figure.
Of course, the success of Cindy LaCrosse at this week's Alliance Bank Golf Classic had nothing to do with her coincidental last name, and everything to do with her calm, poise -- and sharp game.
Rounds of 67, 66 and 68 on Drumlins Country Club's testy East course gave LaCrosse a three-shot victory over Amelia Lewis. More importantly, the $14,000 LaCrosse earned for her second win of the year put her back on top of the Duramed Futures Tour's money list with $70,307.
"I'm excited about this win," LaCrosse said. "This makes me breathe a little bit, and feel a lot better."
Even with the no. 2 spot on the money list going into this week and a win earlier this year in Mexico, the 23-year-old LaCrosse said she was not feeling too confident about her game after some recent inconsistent play. Plus, when she appeared at this tournament in 2009, she had missed the cut.
Enter the family unit -- specifically, her father to caddy for the first time all year, and her mother to see just her second tournament of 2010. LaCrosse said having them both close at hand settled her down and let her focus back on the golf.
In all, 144 players started on Friday morning, tackling a Drumlins East course that would stay firm and fast, a stark contrast to all the rains that plagued the 2009 event.
Immediately, LaCrosse streaked to the front, tearing up the easier front nine and going five under par for her first 10 holes. A double bogey at 12 caused problems, but she survived the gusty winds and snagged a birdie on the difficult 18th to cap off her opening 67, four under par.
This tied LaCrosse with Lewis and Jane Rah, one shot back of Dolores White, who carded a 66 in just her fifth professional start. The winds and firm conditions took its toll, as just 16 players broke par.