Harigae wins 2nd straight Futures Tour title

June 15, 2009

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Mina Harigae won the Michelob Ultra Duramed Futures Players Championship on Sunday for her second straight victory, beating Sweden’s Sofie Andersson with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

The 19-year-old Harigae, a 10-stroke winner last week in Iowa in the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, closed with a 4-under 68 to match Andersson (69) at 11-under 277 on the Hickory Point Golf Club course.

“It was pretty much match play between Sofie and me,” Harigae said. “Sofie was tough because she was making everything. I feel really good about this one because I fought for this win.”

Harigae won when Andersson missed a 4-foot par putt.

“It stinks that it came down to that little 4-footer,” Andersson said. “Mina hits it straight down the fairway and straight onto the green. I was everywhere and she was right down the middle.”

Harigae, from Monterey, Calif., earned $17,500 in the Futures Tour’s lone major to push her tour-leading total to $51,801, with the top 10 at the end of the season earning 2010 LPGA Tour cards. Harigae, who turned professional after less than a semester at Duke University, also won the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and is a four-time California Women’s Amateur champion.

“Yeah, I expect to win, but there was a lot more pressure this week,” Harigae said. “I’m a bit surprised to win because I missed a lot of putts today.”

Jean Reynolds (65) was third at 9 under, and Samantha Richdale (67), Gina Umeck (68), Misun Cho (69), Lisa Ferrero (70), Christi Cano (71) and Sunny Oh (71) were another stroke back.