When Mardi Lunn was an amateur playing in Australia, she considered it an honor to have her name on the same trophy as Jan Stephenson. Now, Lunn has done that one better.
The 31-year-old Aussie earned her first LPGA title today when she shot a 67 to beat Stephenson by one stroke and lead an Australian sweep of the areaWEB.COM Challenge.
"Jan was my idol," said Lunn, who finished 13 under on the par-72, 6,334-yard Pleasant Valley Country Club course to earn $120,000. "I always looked up to her."
Stephenson, 47, who hasn't won a tournament in almost 12 years, also shot a 67 today for a total of 276 and her best finish since 1995. Fellow Aussie Rachel Hetherington, also 5 under on the day, was two strokes back at 277 to round out the top three sweep.
And that's without the country's--and the LPGA Tour's--No. 1 star, Karrie Webb, who did not play in the tournament so she could rest up for next week's British Open. "It's pretty neat," said Stephenson, who was the LPGA rookie of the year in 1974. "When I first came over, I was the lone Aussie carrying the flag. . . . It really makes it neat to see these kids doing well. Except I hate it when they call me 'Grandma.' "