PALM HARBOR — Katy Harris followed the directions given by her 6-year-old son and fired a final-round 3-under 69 on Sunday to bring home the trophy at the inaugural IOA Golf Classic at Innisbrook Resort.
Harris finished the tournament at 7-under for a one-stroke victory over Alejandra Llaneza.
The LSU graduate said her son, Owen, "always says, 'Mom, why don't you win a trophy at a tournament because I want a trophy.' I'm glad I can bring a trophy home for him."
Harris, who entered the final round in a three-way tie for the lead, had five birdies and two bogeys to become the 12th different winner on the Symetra Tour this season.
"I hit the ball well all week, I putted well all week and when I hit an errant shot, I was able to get it up-and-down and make the putt," she said. "There weren't a whole lot of mistakes for me out there."
Harris made birdie at the opening hole. She dropped a shot with bogey at the par-5 second but bounced back with birdies at the par-4 fifth and par-3 eighth.
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Emma Talley beat Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 to win the tournament at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). Talley, 19, who is coming off her freshman season at Alabama, took the lead for good when she rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 10, the 28th hole of the match. She closed it out when Feng, 17, conceded par on the par-3 17th then missed a 6-footer for par.