Paolozzi wins PGA Women’s Stroke Play

Karen Paolozzi won the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship by three strokes with a final-round 73 that passed Ashley Grier.

Paolozzi, of Roswell, Ga., had been runner-up in her first trip to the PGA Women's Stroke Play last year – six shots back of Grier, of Chevy Chase, Md.

“I was just trying not to make any big mistakes today,” Paolozzi told the PGA. “The birdie at the sixth hole was a surprise. I chipped in from in front of the green, about 20 yards, and I was just trying to get the ball over the water on my second shot at 18.”

Grier closed with a 76 that included a double bogey at the last.

“I just didn’t play very well today, especially on the back nine," Grier said.

Next up for Paolozzi: a job search. The former assistant at Chagrin Valley Country Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is on the move after her husband, Vinnie, accepted a job as first assistant at Cherokee Town and CC in Dunwoody, Ga.

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Scores for the PGA of America 15th annual Women’s Stroke Play Ch ampionship at PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker course (5,887 yards, par 72) and Ryder course (5,969 yards, par 72) in Port St. Lucie, Fla.:

Karen Paolozzi, Roswell, Ga., $1,500: 73-71-73—217

Ashley Grier, Chevy Chase, Md., $1,200: 72-72-76—220

Kammy Maxfeldt, Westport, Conn., $1,050: 77-71-78—226

Suzy Whaley, Farmington, Conn., $900: 75-78-74—227

C.J. Reeves, Bedford, N.Y., $750: 72-78-79—229

Patricia Shriver, Largo, Fla., $600: 76-78-81—235

PGA of America contributed

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