Laura Davies

Laura Davies poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

CHICAGO — Victory was almost a given heading into the final round of the first U.S. Senior Women's Open, so Laura Davies set her sights on something else she could take with her Sunday when she left Chicago GC: Momentum.

The 54-year-old Englishwoman finished off a decisive victory with a 5-under-par 68 that left her with a 16-under 276 total and a 10-stroke victory over runner-up Julie Inkster (73). England's Trish Johnson (73) finished at 4-under 288 and Danielle Ammaccapane (74) at 1-under 291, making them the only other golfers among the 55 who made the cut to finish in red numbers.

For Davies, the victory — her 66th in addition to her victories on the LPGA and Ladies European Tour — couldn't have come at a better time. She was set to board a plane for England where the LPGA Tour heads next for the Ladies Scottish Open in two weeks followed by the Women's Open Championship, which will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's at the end of the month.

"I mean, winning is winning," said Davies, who is 66th on the LPGA Tour's CME Race to the Globe points standings. "It doesn't matter (which Tour). I think you see people like (Madison's) Steve Stricker and (2017 American Family Insurance Championship winner) Freddie Couples, when they play The Masters and the PGA Tour events, they go from the Seniors and winning regularly and their confidence transfers over. That's why I think they do quite well on the regular tour. You build up a bit of momentum and a golf course is a golf course. Sometimes, the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind, if you've done something like this, (shoot) 16-under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can't do anything but fill you with confidence."

Wisconsin's two remaining qualifiers, of the six who started the week, both turned in top-50 finishes.

Sheboygan native Martha Nause closed with a 4-over 77 to finish tied for 37th at 18-over 310. Madison's Becky Iverson, the director of golf at the Bridges GC, closed with a 6-over 79 to finish tied for 44th at 22-over 314.

The history of her accomplishment was not lost on Davies afterward.

"I've been looking at the boards out there," Davies said, referring to lists of women's USGA champions. "You know, some of them are from 1890 and ... all those names years ago that won women's USGA events, they all had a first winner and, you look at them and one day people will look at this tournament when I'm long gone and they'll see my name up there (on the trophy). I'm hoping to come back for a couple more years and play, but this thing is going to be around a lot longer than the rest of us so it's nice to get in there early. 

"The trouble is, the U.S. (Women's) Open, I won that (in 1987) in my second attempt and never won it again. So I hope this isn't going to repeat history."

USGA: Sheboygan's Martha Nause, Madison's Becky Iverson at 1st U.S. Senior Women's Open (Chicago GC)

Pos. Player Total Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Wisconsin Leaderboard
T37 Martha Nause 18 4 74 82 77 77 310
T44 Becky Iverson 22 6 77 81 77 79 314
MC Maggie Leef (a) 15 78 83 161
MC Leigh Klasse (a) 16 81 81 162
MC Sue Ginter 18 83 81 164
MC Lauri Merten 22 85 83 168
Overall leaderboard
1 Laura Davies -16 -5 71 71 66 68 276
2 Juli Inkster -6 E 73 72 68 73 286
3 Trish Johnson -4 E 71 71 73 73 288
4 Danielle Ammaccapane -1 1 75 71 71 74 291
5 Yuko Saito 2 1 76 71 73 74 294
T6 Helen Alfredsson 3 -2 72 79 73 71 295
T6 Liselotte Neumann 3 -1 71 76 76 72 295
T8 Tammie Green Parker 5 -6 76 75 79 67 297
T8 Rosie Jones 5 3 77 73 71 76 297
T10 Martha Leach (a) 6 E 78 75 72 73 298
T10 Suzy Green-Roebuck 6 1 75 75 74 74 298
T12 Jamie Fischer 7 -2 74 77 77 71 299
T12 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 7 -1 79 72 76 72 299
T12 Marilyn Lovander 7 1 73 76 76 74 299
T12 Alicia Dibos 7 2 73 76 75 75 299
T12 Barb Moxness 7 4 76 72 74 77 299
T12 Barb Mucha 7 6 74 73 73 79 299
18 Susie Redman 8 2 74 75 76 75 300
T19 Laurel Kean 10 -1 80 74 76 72 302
T19 Michele Redman 10 4 78 73 74 77 302
T21 Suzanne Strudwick 12 3 74 78 76 76 304
T21 Kristi Albers 12 4 78 72 77 77 304
T23 Maggie Will 13 2 80 73 77 75 305
T23 Lorie Kane 13 1 76 74 81 74 305
T23 Lisa Grimes 13 1 74 81 76 74 305
T23 Patricia Ehrhart (a) 13 4 75 74 79 77 305
T23 Elaine Crosby 13 8 70 78 76 81 305
T28 Hollis Stacy 14 3 77 76 77 76 306
T28 Jean Bartholomew 14 2 73 82 76 75 306
T28 Nanci Bowen 14 E 80 75 78 73 306
T28 Jane Crafter 14 E 82 74 77 73 306
32 Jenny Lidback 15 5 77 79 73 78 307
T33 Ellen Port (a) 16 6 79 74 76 79 308
T33 Christa Johnson 16 3 76 79 77 76 308
T33 Eriko Gejo 16 E 79 78 78 73 308
36 Missie Berteotti 17 9 76 74 77 82 309
T37 Martha Nause 18 4 74 82 77 77 310
T37 Barb Bunkowsky 18 11 77 74 75 84 310
T37 Lisa DePaulo 18 1 80 75 81 74 310
T40 Sue Wooster (a) 19 3 81 76 78 76 311
T40 Cindy Figg-Currier 19 3 78 78 79 76 311
T42 Carolyn Hill 20 8 79 78 74 81 312
T42 Amy Alcott 20 4 77 80 78 77 312
T44 Becky Iverson 22 6 77 81 77 79 314
T44 Akemi Nakata Khaiat (a) 22 5 78 80 78 78 314
T44 Sofia Gronberg Whitmore 22 5 80 76 80 78 314
T47 Kathy Kurata (a) 23 7 75 81 79 80 315
T47 Cathy Panton-Lewis 23 2 78 79 83 75 315
T49 Kay Cockerill 24 5 74 84 80 78 316
T49 Betsy King 24 5 78 77 83 78 316
51 Jane Geddes 25 2 80 78 84 75 317
52 Pat Bradley 27 9 78 78 81 82 319
T53 Nancy Taylor 30 13 74 82 80 86 322
T53 Marie-Therese Torti (a) 30 8 76 82 83 81 322
55 Laurie Brower 31 6 83 75 86 79 323