In the end three rounds of even par got the job done. It was enough to earn Augusta James of Bath, Ontario a win on Thursday, but it was far more dramatic than it might sound.
The Symetra Tour member carried momentum from a top ten finish this past weekend on the Symetra Tour into an appearance on the NWGA Tour.
With a gap in the Symetra Tour schedule, roommates Augusta James and Brittany Marchard stuck around in California to play a little more golf and it paid off in a 1-2 finish.
The former teammates at North Carolina State University were just one stroke apart as they headed into the final round at the Soboba Springs Country Club in San Jacinto. James, a winner on the Symetra Tour in 2015, had the edge.
Marchand, of Mono, Ontario, cut into the lead early in the final round courtesy of two birdies, bringing her to two under par for the day after eight holes. At the same time James was faltering with a mix of a double bogey, three bogies, and a birdie over the same time period, seemingly putting her out of touch with Marchand.
That changed on the 9th hole when Marchand took a disastrous quadruple bogey eight.
Despite that Marchand still held a slim lead but James found her form on the back nine.
On holes twelve through fifteen the Team Canada Young Pro Squad member rattled off four straight birdies…3,2,3,2 to push past her friend and into the lead.
Marchand responded with a birdie of her own on the 16th hole but it was not enough.
James posted a 216 total (72,72,72) and took the victory by two strokes.
For her win the PING staff player picked up (USD) $1,500 while Marchand settled for second place prize money of $800.