Karrie Webb is close friends with founding player Louise Suggs and has a deep appreciation for the 13 women who started the LPGA Tour in 1950.
The 39-year-old Australian made some more history of her own Sunday in the JTBC Founders Cup, rallying to win the event that honors the tour’s pioneers.
“It’s a very special event,” Webb said.
The Hall of Famer shot a course-record 9-under 63 to take the lead, then waited 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her.
To her surprise, no one did.
“I didn’t expect to be sitting here at the start of the day,” Webb said. “Even, actually, when I finished the day, I didn’t expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn’t make it feel any less special.”
For the second time in the event, Webb overcame a six-stroke deficit in the final round. In 2011 in the inaugural tournament, she finished with a 66 for a one-stroke victory.
“I just love the feeling of this event,” Webb said.
Webb donated US$50,000 of her US$225,000 check, giving US$25,000 each to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, an organization promoting the game among girls in the US, and The Founders documentary movie about the women who started the tour.
She did an interview for the film this week and learned that only about 10 percent of the necessary money had been raised to complete the project.
“I was just standing on the 18th green when Mike [Whan, LPGA Tour commissioner] was introducing me, and it just came to me that, ‘You know, I would love to be a part of that movie being produced.’”
Webb talked on Friday night with the 90-year-old Suggs, a fixture at the tournament the last three years, but unable to make it this year.
“She told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that,” Webb said. “So, I made it up to her today.” She certainly did.
Webb had 10 birdies and a bogey, playing the back nine in six-under 30. She birdied five of the last six holes, making a 20-footer on the par-four 18th to finish at 19-under 269.