Andrea Kraus, an amateur from Woodholme Country Club, completed her sweep of the major women's golf tournaments in Maryland today by winning the first Maryland Women's Open championship.
Kraus, who also won the Maryland Women's Amateur in July, shot the tournament's lowest round, a 2-over-par 74, at Bulle Rock Golf Club to win the two-day, 36-hole stroke play event by three strokes. Her overall score was 80-74 -- 154.
"It's thrilling. It's wonderful," Kraus said. "I was so happy on the 18th green."
Kraus, a two-time Maryland Women's Amateur champion, came into the final round one stroke behind first-day leader Kori Johns, an assistant club professional from Baltimore Country Club. Johns shot 79 both days to finish at 158, third overall. The top professional was Kammy Maxfeldt of Salem Golf Club, who shot an 82-75 -- 157 to earn the $1,500 first-place prize. Leland Beckel of Columbia Country Club, who recently was a finalist at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in Atlanta, placed second among the amateurs with an 82-79 -- 161.
The field of 76 included 24 professionals from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
After a successful summer, Kraus took time off following her strong showing at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur two weeks ago. But when she began to get ready for this tournament, she found she wasn't playing particularly well.
"I didn't like my game at all," she said. "As the amateur champion, I really had it in my mind that I didn't want to embarrass myself."
Kraus fended off the pressure she felt to play well by aggressively attacking the 5,809-yard course. After a bogey on No. 4, she made eight consecutive pars. She had three bogeys and one birdie during her final round.
"I wanted to stay very aggressive with my swing," Kraus said. "I didn't let anything else enter into my mind."
MARYLAND WOMEN'S OPEN
At Bulle Rock Golf Club
1, a-Andrea Kraus 80-74 -- 154; 2, Kammy Maxfeldt 82-75 -- 157; 3, Kori Johns 79-79 -- 158; 4, Lisa Abod 82-78 -- 160; 5, a-Leland Beckel 82-79 -- 161; 5, Mary Canney 81-80 -- 161; 7, Linda Nevatt 82-80 -- 162.