Originally created 07/30/01

History and Delasin repeat at Giant Eagle



VIENNA, Ohio -- For the second year in a row, Dorothy Delasin overcame a four-stroke deficit and Se Ri Pak in the final round to win the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic on Sunday.

Delasin shot a 7-under-par 65 - the lowest round of the day - to pass both Pak and Tammie Green on the back nine and collect the first-place check of $150,000.

Pak has won eight of the 10 tournaments she has led heading into the final round - with both losses coming to Delasin at the Giant Eagle.

Delasin, whose 65 followed a pair of 69s, finished at 13-under 203 for her second career victory. She climbed to 15th on the money list with the win.

Green shot a 68 and was a shot back, barely missing a playoff when her 60-foot chip shot on the final hole rolled to a stop 18 inches from the cup.

Pak opened with rounds of 67 but closed with a 71 and was alone in third at 205.

The tournament hinged on the stretch holes at Squaw Creek Country Club. Delasin was 3 under on the back nine, while Green was even and Pak was 1 over.

Delasin's victories came in the same tournament but on different courses. The tournament shifted from Avalon Lakes this year.

Pak, who won the Giant Eagle in 1998, began the day with a two-shot lead on Green - who won the tournament in 1994 and 1997 - and a three-stroke lead on Sherri Steinhauer.

A birdie on the first hole pushed the lead to three shots, but birdies at holes No. 2, 6 and 7 pulled Green into a tie. After both Green and Pak birdied the par-3 ninth hole, they shared the lead at 12 under with Delasin two shots back.

Playing two groups ahead of Green and Pak, Delasin strung together three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 13th hole, two-putting from 30 feet. At the 14th, she hit a 9-iron to 7 feet and rolled in the birdie putt, then choked down on a 5-iron on the 185-yard, par-3 15th and ended up 5 feet from the cup.

Meanwhile, Pak was having trouble off the tee just as she had throughout the tournament. At the 11th, she pulled her drive into the trees and had to take a drop, eventually settling for a double-bogey 6.

Even when her drives did find the fairway, things went wrong. Pak had a long eagle putt at the 13th but ended up missing a sidehill 3-foot birdie putt.

Green avoided trouble but couldn't dent the lead that Delasin grabbed with her birdie at 15.

Delasin had an easy two-putt par on the closing hole, then went to the locker room to await the outcome.

Green found the left rough off the 18th tee and left her approach shot 15 feet off the green. She ran her chip just past the pin while a large crowd - many of them friends and family from her Ohio hometown 130 miles away - urged the ball on by shouting, "Go! Go! Go!"

Steinhauer closed with a 70 and was at 9-under 207 along with Janice Moodie, Dina Ammaccapane and Becky Iverson.

Mi Hyun Kim birdied five holes in a row in a 67 that left her at 208.