2001: LPGA - Delasin’s star shines again with repeat at Giant Eagle

Vienna, Ohio

Fame has been elusive for 2000 LPGA rookie of the year Dorothy Delasin, but she’s a shining star at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

Delasin does not have a primary sponsor. Her bag and her visor both bear name brands, but she does not receive money for using them. On July 29, however, Delasin shed her anonymity in Ohio for the second consecutive year, successfully defending her lone 2000 title.

Delasin shot 65 Sunday to finish at 13-under-par 203, topping Tammie Green (68) by one stroke and Se Ri Pak (71) by two. For the second consecutive year at the Giant Eagle tournament, Delasin overcame Se Ri Pak and a four-stroke deficit in the final round.

“It’s like deja vu,” Delasin said. “I’m still shocked. It’s hard to defend your title. I just played with my heart.”

There were a few differences. The event moved from Avalon Lakes to Squaw Creek Country Club. And in 2000, when Delasin was 19 and became the youngest player to win an LPGA tournament since Amy Alcott in 1975, she had to go to a playoff to beat Pak. This year, her red-hot final round was enough to win in regulation.

“Everybody has a chance, no matter what on Sunday,” Pak said. “Even though I have a . . . four-shot lead, I know somebody can shoot a low score.”

Delasin earned $150,000 and moved from No. 27 on the money list to No. 15. The 1996 U.S. Junior Girls’ champion has earned $315,145 this season after taking home $339,112 last year.

– From staff and wire reports

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