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Final-hole trouble at Innisbrook hurts Nancy Scranton in LPGA Legends tourney

PALM HARBOR — Trouble on the 18th hole of Innisbrook's Island Course kept Tampa resident Nancy Scranton from being closer to the leader at the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship on Saturday.

At 3 under, Scranton trailed leader Laurie Rinker by one entering the final hole, but a double bogey sent her tumbling backward. Scranton's approach flew over the green and landed in a hillside bunker. She failed to get out of the bunker with her third shot and missed a 15-foot putt for bogey.

Scranton entered today's final round at 1-under 72, three shots behind Rinker.

"Unfortunately, someone clicked the camera in the middle of my backswing on the downhill bunker shot that was hard as heck anyway," said Scranton, who won the 45-and-older tour's Legends Swing for the Cure Classic in July. "I wasn't going to make anything better than bogey, but I was hoping to make at least bogey.

"I was very pleased overall. I had a few weird shots, but that happens when you don't play."

Tampa resident Dawn Coe-Jones was 10 strokes off the lead after shooting 79.

Veterans Day: After today's final round, the tour will honor Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, killed in October while serving in Afghanistan. Gordon was a St. Petersburg High graduate and the daughter of St. Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Gordon, who will be presented with an American flag by a five-person color guard from MacDill Air Force Base.

Chip shots: Saturday's most illustrious pairing was Betsy King and Nancy Lopez, who account for 82 LPGA wins and nine majors victories combined. … University of Miami women's golf coach Patti Rizzo earned the final spot in the field of 44 by winning Thursday's local qualifier. She shot 73 and was tied for sixth.

Final-hole trouble at Innisbrook hurts Nancy Scranton in LPGA Legends tourney 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:11pm]
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