Casey Danielson, Osceola

Casey Danielson, Osceola

There were 28 birdies and one eagle recorded Saturday on the 18th hole at Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton, Georgia, during the final round of the IOA Championship and Casey Danielson figured she would need to join the list to have a chance at her first Symetra Tour victory.

Unfortunately for the Osceola native, she hit her second shot to the par-5 into the water and made a bogey. That left her with a final-round 70 and, at 5-under-par 211 for the 54-hole event, one shot out of a playoff that Spain's Maria Parra won over three other golfers after they finished at 6-under 210.

"On (No.) 18, I went for the par-5 in two with my hybrid and ended up hitting a bad shot into the water," Danielson wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "Once I got up to the green, I saw the stacked leaderboard along with my name and thought someone would come in at 7-under."

Danielson, who played in the fifth-to-last group, overcame a strange start in which she went birdie-bogey-par-bogey and made her move toward the top of the leaderboard with birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 1-under. After four straight pars to open the back nine, Danielson birdied the par-4 14th hole, tacked on two more pars and birdied No. 17 to get to 6-under.

"On (No.) 17, I hit a hybrid into a really tough hole location," Danielson wrote. "It hit the flagstick and ended up a foot a way."

Her fifth-place finish is her second top-five showing in her last three starts and seventh top-10 finish in 17 career starts on the LPGA's developmental tour. As well as she played on a demanding layout over the final round, though, Danielson headed to this week's Symtra Tour stop in Davidson, N.C., brimming with confidence that she can learn from Sunday's experience.

"Atlanta National proved to be a tough course this week," Danielson wrote. "It is a difficult track, you really have to plot yourself around the course. I did a good job mapping out the course in the days leading up to the event, noting the best miss areas and holes that par would be a good score. I followed through with my plan during the tournament and was able to play really steady golf. ... (It's) tough that it ended up being one stroke (short), but it’s just more preparation for the next time I’m in contention."

Symetra Tour: Osceola's Casey Danielson, Edgerton's Allyssa Ferrell at IOA Invitational | Final results (Milton, Georgia)

Pos. Name Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 Total
PLAYOFF
PLAYOFF HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 - - -
COURSE HOLE 18 18 18 1 18 - - -
PAR 5 5 5 4 5 - - -
LEONA MAGUIRE (ELIMINATED) 4 4 4 4 4 - - -
SSU-CHIA CHENG (ELIMINATED) 6 - - - - - - -
MADISON PRESSEL (ELIMINATED) 4 4 4 4 6 - - -
MARIA PARRA (WINNER) 4 4 4 4 3 - - -
Wisconsin leaderboard
T5 Casey Danielson -5 F -2 71 70 70 211
CUT Allyssa Ferrell 5 75 74
Full leaderboard
1 Maria Parra -6 F -2 72 68 70 210
T2 Leona Maguire -6 F -5 74 69 67 210
T2 Ssu-Chia Cheng -6 F -4 71 71 68 210
T2 Madison Pressel -6 F -2 73 67 70 210
T5 Cydney Clanton -5 F -2 73 68 70 211
T5 Casey Danielson -5 F -2 71 70 70 211
T5 Nontaya Srisawang -5 F -1 68 72 71 211
T5 Marta Sanz Barrio -5 F 1 71 67 73 211
T9 Esther Lee -4 F -3 72 71 69 212
T9 Julie Aime -4 F -2 70 72 70 212
T9 Sophia Popov -4 F -1 73 68 71 212
T9 Lee Lopez -4 F -1 71 70 71 212
T13 Robynn Ree -3 F -2 73 70 70 213
T13 Amy Boulden -3 F -2 72 71 70 213
T13 Lauren Coughlin -3 F -1 73 69 71 213
T13 Nicole Sakamoto -3 F -1 70 72 71 213
T13 Emily Collins -3 F E 72 69 72 213
T13 Laetitia Beck -3 F 1 73 67 73 213
T13 Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez -3 F 5 70 66 77 213
T20 Min-G Kim -2 F -4 73 73 68 214
T20 Sarah Hoffman -2 F -2 74 70 70 214
T20 Maude-Aimee Leblanc -2 F -2 74 70 70 214
T20 Samantha Wagner -2 F -2 73 71 70 214
T20 Lindsey McCurdy -2 F 3 69 70 75 214
T25 Perrine Delacour -1 F -3 71 75 69 215
T25 Daniela Iacobelli -1 F -2 73 72 70 215
T25 Allie White -1 F -2 73 72 70 215
T25 Hexi Yuan -1 F -1 72 72 71 215
T25 Julieta Granada -1 F 3 71 69 75 215
T30 Christina Foster E F E 72 72 72 216
T30 Dewi Weber E F E 72 72 72 216
T30 Lori Beth Adams E F 1 72 71 73 216
T30 Nuria Iturrios E F 2 73 69 74 216
T30 Malene Krolboll Hansen E F 2 72 70 74 216
T30 Jenny Coleman E F 2 70 72 74 216
T30 Rachel Rohanna E F 3 76 65 75 216
T30 Ji Eun Baik E F 3 73 68 75 216
T38 Brittany Benvenuto 1 F -1 72 74 71 217
T38 Kyung Kim 1 F E 76 69 72 217
T38 Megan Osland 1 F E 75 70 72 217
T38 Gigi Stoll 1 F 1 75 69 73 217
T38 Robyn Choi 1 F 1 74 70 73 217
T38 Karen Chung 1 F 1 74 70 73 217
T38 Hyemin Kim 1 F 1 73 71 73 217
T45 Huize Lian 2 F E 73 73 72 218
T45 Katie Yoo 2 F E 72 74 72 218
T45 Paula Hurtado-Restrepo 2 F 1 70 75 73 218
T45 Olafia Kristinsdottir 2 F 2 73 71 74 218
T45 Elin Arvidsson 2 F 4 74 68 76 218
T50 Samantha Troyanovich 3 F 1 74 72 73 219
T50 Kim Welch 3 F 3 71 73 75 219
T50 Christine Song 3 F 3 70 74 75 219
T53 Sierra Sims 4 F 2 74 72 74 220
T53 Whitney Hillier 4 F 2 73 73 74 220
T53 Vicky Hurst 4 F 3 72 73 75 220
T53 Amelia Lewis 4 F 4 73 71 76 220
T57 Alivia Brown 6 F 4 72 74 76 222
T57 AJ Newell 6 F 5 74 71 77 222
T57 Jessica Welch 6 F 6 73 71 78 222
60 Natalie Roth 8 F 9 73 70 81 224
61 Hannah Kim 9 F 9 76 68 81 225
62 Lakareber Abe 11 F 9 73 73 81 227

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Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.