Lisa Grimes, Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Director of Instruction at Alexandria Golf Club, protected a six-shot lead in the final round of the 2018 Women’s Stroke Play Championship to win by three shots over PGA of America Vice President Suzy Whaley. Grimes shot a 3-under 213 total (67-70-76) over the three days.
“I played protective golf,” said Grimes. “You don’t want to be too bold out here as it can add up really fast. Today wasn’t my normal game, but I got it in. I did not hit as many greens. I decided not to risk going over these greens, so I kept hitting it short. I was putting from the fringe a lot, which is fine, as it led to a good number of pars.”
Grimes was even-par thru 15 holes with two birdies and two bogeys before the wheels began to come off a bit. She finished the round going bogey-double-bogey-bogey for a 4-over 76. Not the finish she had hoped for, but a win nonetheless.
“To play like this, overall, in the first tournament of the year, was fun,” she said. “It’s always nice coming into a new year to confirm that I still have a good game. This will get me out playing more and into what I call, ‘tournament mode.’ I’ll take it.”
Grimes has earned an exemption into this summer’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will be contested June 28 – July 1 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois. This marks her third straight appearance in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.