Osceola’s Casey Danielson won for the second time this season on the Symetra golf tour last week in a tournament in French Lick, Indiana. The win moved her into first place in the all-important money earning’s list. The top ten money winners on the Symetra tour in 2021 will earn a player’s card for the top tour in women’s professional golf, the LPGA.
“I gave myself a little time to be excited about moving to the number one spot on money list and what that could mean for my career,” Danielson said. “But there is still a lot of golf left this season, so I’m going to keep working on improving my game and learning each week.”
Danielson was consistent from the opening tee in the 54-hole tournament in Indiana. Her first round found her accumulating five birdies to more than offset her only bogey, finishing with a four under par 67 for the day. She had a similar second round as she again fired home five birdies and this time had a pair of bogeys to end the round with a three-under 68. In her final round she again had a pair of bogeys but three birdies and an eagle on the 11th hole put her into the driver’s seat.
“My eagle on 11 was really fun,” Danielson said. “They made the hole driveable by putting the tee up to the front tee box, so it was 226 playing uphill to about 245. I hit my driver onto the green and my ball got the perfect roll off the back slope of the green and ended up about four feet (from the hole). Then I made the putt. I was focusing on staying in the moment, so I didn’t get too far ahead of myself. But looking back, having an eagle in the final round definitely helped me get some momentum and gave me a boost of confidence to finish out the last seven holes.”
After a bogey on 14 cut her lead to a single stroke she parred the final four holes to hold off second place finisher Beth Wu of Diamond Bar, California by a single stroke. Rachel Rohanna, who played college golf at Ohio State finished in third place, two strokes behind Danielson.
“I’d say the win in French Lick was harder than the first,” Danielson said. “I had just come off a couple of tough weeks on tour so I had to work really hard all week to stay present, which got even harder when I was in contention the final day. Expectations for myself were high and I did my best to let go of outcome thinking so I could play my best.”
Danielson stayed out of trouble during most of the tournament and she capped off the three day event by hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation in her final round. She found sand just three times in three days and was able to save par each time.