Patty Sheehan shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday to win the rain-delayed $200,000 LPGA Sarasota Classic for the second straight year.
Sheehan pulled away from the field with three straight biridies to open the final nine holes and finished with a 72-hole score of nine-under-par 279, three shots ahead of Pat Bradley and Juli Inkster, who tied for second at 282.
Sheehan earned $30,000 as she became the first to win the 11-year-old Sarasota Classic twice and the first to successfully defend an LPGA title since she did so with the 1983 and 1984 Henredon Classic. She led all four rounds of the tournament. . . .
Kathryn Crosby, who last year removed her family's name from the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, announced the new Crosby tournament will be a $2 million charity event at the Bermuda Run Country Club near Winston-Salem, N.C., June 5-8. She said the tournament will consist of 100 two-person amateur teams competing for $2 million in prize money, all of which will go to charity.
"It will return to the original format that Bing started in 1937," the widow of Bing Crosby said at a news conference. "Good friends share good times to promote good causes."