Cathy Gerring went on a back-nine birdie binge today and then birdied the first playoff hole to beat Caroline Keggi yesterday in the LPGA Stratton Mountain (Vt.) Classic.
The victory was Gerring's second of the season and the $67,500 first prize raised her earnings to almost $270,000. Gerring and Keggi, who each started the day two shots out of the lead, shot 4-under-par 68s to gain the playoff at 281, two strokes clear of the field.
"I am an aggressive player," Gerring said. "Seventy percent of the time it works to my advantage and 30 percent it doesn't. I try to charge every pin."
Gerring, one of the longer hitters on the tour, powered an iron out of the rough about 165 yards to within three feet of the cup on the first playoff hole. Keggi's iron rolled up to a spectator stand and, after a free drop, she chipped to two feet.
But Gerring, 29, sank her putt to win a playoff for the first time in four tries in six years on the tour. Her other victory this season was in the Lady Keystone.
Gerring's surge included three birdies over the last five holes to get even. She had a chance to win on the last hole of regulation, but missed a 12-foot putt for birdie. For the day, she had four birdies without a bogey.
Cindy Figg-Currier birdied the last hole for a 71 to tie Lynn Connelly at 283. Each started the day one stroke off the lead.
Amy Benz, who shared the third-round lead with Karen Davies, finished with a 73 -- 284. Davies faltered with a 76 -- 287.
Seniors: In Albuquerque, Chi Chi Rodriguez had eight birdies en route to a 4-under-par 68 to win the Sunwest Bank Classic. He finished at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Jim Ferree (who shot 68), Jim Dent (68) and Charles Coody (71).