Grimes wins third Women's State Open
The last big tournament that Alexandria Golf Club head instructor Lisa Grimes played in was the U.S. Open where she missed the cut in a field filled with the best young golfers in the world.
Early last week, she found herself once again surrounded by some talented young players. This time, she showed them how steady, mistake-free golf gets the job done as Grimes won the Minnesota Women's State Open for the third time in her career.
"Age wise, I guess I don't think of that when I'm out there," Grimes, 52, said of trying to beat such a young field of competitors. "We're just competing, but yeah, I enjoy beating anyone college age or older. It's just nice going into a tournament knowing that I had a chance, versus the majors, where going in I'm really just trying to make a cut."
Grimes stepped to the 18th tee box with a one shot lead at the Burl Oaks Golf Club in Minnetrista. Water hazards greeted players on their right and left, with golfers needing about 240 yards to carry it over the water off the box.
"I kind of had the adrenaline going and I hit it hard over the water," Grimes said. "I got it to within 50 yards, which was nice."
She almost knocked in her approach shot for an eagle from there. Instead, she settled for sinking her short birdie putt for a 1-under 71. Grimes shot a two-day score of 145 to win the tournament by two strokes over Jaclyn Shepherd of the University GC.
"Tee to green, I hit it very well," Grimes said. "I was happy with my tee ball. I left some putts out there, but we can always say that. You can't have everything when you're golfing."
Grimes was a model of consistency over the course of her second round. She shot 1-under through seven holes before carding her first bogey on No. 8. She bounced back from that with a birdie on the par-3 11th. Grimes went on to bogey No. 13 but didn't let that affect her as she parred the next four holes before her birdie on the 18th.
It made for a memorable couple days for the veteran, who doesn't take winning for granted now that she gets to play just one or two rounds a week when she's not teaching lessons.
"Anytime I can get a win under my belt, it's nice," Grimes said. "In golf, you lose more than you win and you appreciate wins a lot more in golf because you don't get that many chances to tee it up. I do appreciate it."
Eric Morken Eric Morken started as a sports reporter for the Echo Press on July 9, 2007. He is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls where he majored in journalism and minored in history and communications. In his spare time, Morken enjoys hunting and fishing or just being in the outdoors. He is also an avid Minnesota sports fan. Follow Sports Reporter Eric Morken on Twitter at @echo_sports. Read Eric's sports blog, More with Morken at Areavoices.