Courtesy Chris Hoel
OREGON, WIS. – Lisbeth Brooks, a rising junior at Campbell University, captured the 17th Wisconsin State Women's Open on Wednesday at The Legend at Bergamont.
Competing in a field of 57 golfers from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Waunakee native entered the second and final round with a one shot lead over Butler golfer, Jenna Peters and former UW-Madison golfer, Jessie Gerry.
Brooks started off on the right foot as she quickly expanded her lead to two shots after a birdie on the par-4 first hole. Playing with Peters and Gerry in the final group of the day, Brooks was then able to grow her lead even further with another birdie on the par 5 fifth hole.
Along with those two birdies Brooks was also able to make seven pars and turn in a bogey free 2-under-par 34. Combined with a few missteps by her fellow competitors, she stood in the comfortable position of being four shots clear of her nearest competitor after nine holes of play.
With the sizeable lead, Brooks seemingly had the title locked up and needed to just play steady golf on the back nine. However little did she know that a challenge was being made from just in front of her. UW-Madison golfer, Alyssa Elliott turned up the pressure on Brooks as she made four birdies to close on the back nine and en route fired the low round of the tournament with a 3-under-par 69. Her two day total of 1-over-145 left a smaller margin of error for Brooks down the stretch.
However the day turned out to be tailor made for Brooks, as she put to rest any chance of a squandered lead with a chip-in birdie on the par-4 16th with her 60 degree wedge.
"My approach shot was a little wedge and I was so mad that I pulled it left, so the entire walk up I was just trying to imagine it going in the hole," said Brooks.
The birdie was Brooks fourth on the day and helped her close out her round with a 2-under-par 70. With the score she was able to post a two round total of 2-under-par 142, good enough for a three shot win on the par-72, 6143-yard layout.
Reflecting on her round after play, Brooks said, "I knew there was a lot of golf to be played so I stayed patient and waited for my opportunities and it worked out."
The winning score is just the second under par total for the winner in the past 10 years of the Wisconsin State Women's Open.
NOTE: Brooks finished the 2012-13 season ranked 97th in the Golfstat Cup with a stroke average of 74.37, the second-best among all Big South Conference golfers. She was a first-team all-conference selection and ranked 13th in the country in par-3 scoring (3.07) and tied for 60th with 83 birdies. Brooks helped Campbell earn its second-straight NCAA regional berth and a final national ranking of No.-44 in the Golfstat NCAA head-to-head rating.