JANESVILLE — In the end, the first Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-Am turned into more of an outing than it was a tournament.
Lisa DePaulo, whose 69 was the low score on the board at Janesville Country Club after Saturday's opening round of the LPGA Legends Tour event according to the Janesville Gazette, did not return her own score Sunday and, according to a source, only officially participated in the pro-am scramble portion of the event Sunday. The reason for her doing so were not explained on the Legends Tour Website, which strangely did not identify DePaulo as the Day 1 leader, reporting that Val Skinner's 70 led the way.
Skinner was also among six golfers who played the final round, but who did not return an individual score despite being in position to win the inaugural event, which — when the idea to bring the legends to Janesville — was to have been at the back end of a Symetra Tour/Legends Tour double-header.
According to the Legends Tour Website, Christa Johnson was declared the winner after shooting her second straight 71. Her 2-under 142 total was one shot better than runner-up Pat Hurst, who shot 69 for a 1-under 143 total.
“The course was in great shape. The people here were just fantastic. I had two great groups to play with,” Johnson said on the Legends Tour Website after earning her fifth career victory on the women's senior circuit but her first since the 2011 Patty Sheehan & Friends in Nevada. “I played with some young kids, and I kind of wanted to help them out a bit and encourage them, so I think that helped encouraged me to play the best that I could.”
A story on the LPGA Legends Tour Website indicated that the victory earned Johnson a spot in the upcoming Senior LPGA Championship in French Lick, Ind. It is unclear how many of the other first-round contenders were already exempt for the second of two majors on the women's senior circuit.
Becky Iverson, the director of golf at the Bridges GC in Madison, shot 76 and finished tied for eight among the 23 golfers who returned a 36-hole score at 6-over 150. Sheboygan native Martha improved two shots with a final-round 79 and finished 23rd at 160.