Originally created 09/25/01

LPGA success story

How's this for a handicap? A pro golf tournament debuts in poor weather less than two weeks after the worst attack on U.S. soil in history?

That's what the Asahi Ryokuken LPGA tournament at Edgefield's Mount Vintage Plantation was up against last weekend. We congratulate all involved in the inaugural tourney - organizers and golfers - for overcoming the handicap. It was an exciting event, although bad weather cut it to 54 holes.

Congratulations also go to the winner, 12-time German national amateur champion Tina Fischer. An amateur no more, Fischer shot a 70 to finish at 10-under 206, one stroke ahead of Tracy Hanson (70).

This was Fischer's first professional win and she takes home $180,000. Ironically, she made the field because several other players withdrew.

Word is that next year's tourney will be held in May, about a month after the Masters. It should be a doozy, contributing to getting the golf season off to a terrific start around the nation and the world.

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