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Ekey rolls to Alliance Bank Classic golf title

Alabama alum wins by three shots at Drumlins East

Kathleen Ekey hits an approach shot in last Sunday’s final round of the LPGA Futures Tour’s Alliance Bank Golf Classic at Drumlins Country Club’s East Course. Ekey won by three shots over Jenny Suh with an eight-under-par 205.

Kathleen Ekey hits an approach shot in last Sunday’s final round of the LPGA Futures Tour’s Alliance Bank Golf Classic at Drumlins Country Club’s East Course. Ekey won by three shots over Jenny Suh with an eight-under-par 205. Herm Card

— “It got a little aggressive with that first putt (at 12),” said Ferrero. “It was faster than I anticipated.”

In the next three holes, Ekey put the tournament away, hitting back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 as Ferrero missed similar attempts. When Ferrero drove into an unplayable lie at 15 and took double bogey, Ekey had a six-shot cushion.

Thus, it mattered little that play was stopped for a brief lightning delay (no rain fell), nor did it mean much that Ekey had a loose finish, flying her tee shot at 16 well over the green to lead to a double bogey and also making a bogey on 18.

All that did was cut Ekey’s winning margin in half. Ferrero also bogeyed 18 and fell out of the tie for second as Suh, with a steady final-round 69, claimed the runner-up spot.

In all, 71 players survived the cut of six-over-par 148. Not among them was Section III and state high school champion Lauren Petty, from Baldwinsville, though she improved five shots from her first-round 80 to post a 75 on Saturday. Ithaca native Lori Atsedes, with a 151, also missed the cut.

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