1995 McGann captures title after three-hole playoff
Runner-up Katie Peterson-Parker bogeyed the final hole and lost in the sudden-death playoff.
HOWLAND -- The 1995 Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic marked another amazing finish. For the third straight year the Classic had a new champion as 25-year-old Michelle McGann needed three extra holes to defeat Katie Peterson-Parker for the championship and the $82,500 first-place check.
McGann's win, the second of her LPGA career and her second in 1995, came with assistance from Peterson-Parker, who had yet to taste victory on tour.
The two players came to the 54th and final hole with Peterson-Parker holding a two-shot edge over McGann and 1993 champion Nancy Lopez. Lopez was already finished, while McGann, who had reached the par-5 green in two, calmly two-putted for a birdie. When Peterson-Parker, who was short of the green in two, chipped over the green and finally settled for a bogey-6, the deadlock occurred and the playoff was set.
They replayed the 18th hole and both made birdies, then both parred the par-4 10th hole before returning to the 18th. McGann again reached the green in two and two-putted for birdie, while Peterson-Parker missed a 5-foot birdie putt and lost the tournament.
First round: McGann and Peterson-Parker let it be known right from the start they were to be contending for this title.
Both players fashioned opening round 65s, 7-under-par for the Avalon Lakes Golf Course, and held a one-shot lead over Rosie Jones.
Defending champion Tammie Green shot a 72 but didn't think she was out of the tournament.
Heavy rains on Thursday had softened the golf course, but the leaders played in the afternoon Friday as the course was drying out some.
There were 11 golfers who posted scores of 69, 3-under, including Kelly Robbins, Cindy Rarick and Val Skinner.
Second round: McGann and Peterson-Parker continued their fine play, but a familiar sight, Nancy Lopez, began to make one of her famous charges.
Peterson-Parker shot a 69 and a 134 total for a one-shot lead over McGann, who had a 70 and 135. Lopez, who shot a 6-under 66 in the round, was at 137.
Green also pulled back into contention with 4-under-par 68. The cut was at 146, 2-over-par.
Final round: McGann and Peterson-Parker were in the final group, while Lopez was right in front of them.
Green made the biggest challenge when she shot a 5-under-par 67 and got to within two shots of the leaders at 207. Lopez left her birdie putt hanging on the lip of the 18th hole or she also would have been in the playoff.