Clanton, Suwannapura win 1st LPGA team event in Midland

Ally McDonald, left, pours a celebratory drink on Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand on the 18th green after winning the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational golf tournament with teammate Cydney Clanton, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Midland, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

MIDLAND (AP) — Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura ran away with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, shooting an 11-under 59 in best-ball play for a six-stroke victory.

Clanton and Suwannapura took a five-shot lead into the final round after shooting an alternate-shot 63 on Friday at Midland Country Club in the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event. They finished at 27-under 253.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Suwannapura said. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

Suwannapura won her second tour title, and Clanton her first.

Clanton earned spots the next two weeks in the Evian Championship and Women’s British Open. The first Auburn University player to win on the tour, she began the season without a full LPGA Tour card after finishing $8 out of the top 100 on the 2018 money list. Clanton has split time this year on the LPGA Tour and developmental Symetra Tour, winning the Symetra Tour’s El Dorado Shootout in April.

“I couldn’t even dream up to have won a Symetra event earlier this year and then to come out and win with Jasmine,” Clanton said. “It’s so funny, this is the tournament that I wanted to come and play in. I was like, ‘Team event, I’m in, let’s go.'”

Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee closed with a 58 to finish second.

Clanton and Suwannapura each bogeyed the first hole, then each had eight birdies.