Roswell's Jessica Haigwood, winner of the Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge, center, with tournament director Jackie Cannizzo and JCI Foundation President Kirk Knous. (click for larger version)
July 09, 2014ROSWELL, Ga. The final round of the Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge concluded June 30, with a dominant performance from Jessica Haigwood, a 2013 graduate of Roswell High School.
The first-year collegiate golfer with Georgia Regents University-Augusta won the tournament with a 7-under-par score for three days. She won by nine strokes over her nearest competitors, Samantha Postillion (Burr Ridge, Illinois) of University of Illinois and Zoe Brake (Whakatane, New Zealand) of Ohio State, who finished tied for second at plus-2.
This was the third year that the Legends Tour, the Official Senior Tour of the LPGA, joined the Judson Collegiate Invitational Foundation for the Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge, presented by AT&T. The golf event was held June 27-30 at the Country Club of Roswell, showcasing the talents of 60 collegiate women golfers alongside 30 LPGA Legends professionals.
Barb Moxness (Edina, Minneapolis) earned her second career win on the Legends Tour on Saturday, June 28, in a two-hole playoff. She edged two-time defending Judson champion Alicia Dibos (Lima, Peru).
Both Moxness and Dibos carded scores of 3-under 68 in regulation in the 18-hole tournament held at the Country Club of Roswell. Both Legends players matched birdies on the first playoff hole, the par-five 18th, and returned to No. 18 for the second extra hole. Moxness birdied the second playoff hole to win the tournament. Val Skinner of Bayhead, New Jersey, Sweden's Liselotte Neumann and Rosie Jones of Atlanta tied for third at 1-under 70.
"It's been about 10 years since I last won, so this is a real treat," said Moxness, who had her youngest son, Tim, on her bag as caddie for the event. "I made some really good par putts today to keep the momentum going."
She won $15,000 for the title.
The event is managed by the Judson Collegiate Invitational Foundation Inc. (JCI Foundation), which honors the memory of former Roswell residents, Jim and Beth Judson, who died in an airplane accident in 2010. This year, the Judson Women's Leadership Workshop was expanded to provide additional mentorship opportunities for young women. More than 300 attendees participated in the Women's Leadership Workshop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Roswell on June 26.
The Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge annually offers a unique format, with three golf events in one. The first day of golf is a pro-am competition, as area amateurs are paired with Legends Tour professionals and collegiate players. The second day is a one-day Legends Tour tournament with a prize purse of $120,000. It is the only event that allows women collegiate golfers to play alongside former stars of the LPGA. The third component of the event is a three-day collegiate stroke-play competition that counts toward World Amateur Golf rankings.
Spectator activities over the weekend included a free youth golf clinic by U.S. Kids Golf, interactive family activities provided by the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Dream, a $1,000 travel certificate from Celebrity Cruises and free post-competition concert, hosted by the Willow Springs Homeowners Association.
For complete results and more information of the Legends Tour event, visit www.judsongolf.com.