Casie Cathrea wins San Francisco Championship

Casie Cathrea won her first tournament since leaving Oklahoma State, the San Francisco City Women's Championship.

Casie Cathrea is back to collecting trophies.

More than a month after announcing that she would be leaving Oklahoma State as a freshman, Cathrea won the San Francisco City Women's Championship for the second straight year.

She defeated Anna Zhou, 10 and 9, in the 36-hole match play championship Sunday at the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco. She started the day with a birdie and didn't look back.

"I was hitting a lot of good shots, hitting my driver a long way and hitting a lot of good putts," Cathrea said. "I feel like this year was definitely redemption for me. I wanted to win this tournament really badly and the fact that I did it two years in a row was just what I wanted."

The championship hosted matches each weekend Feb. 23 through Sunday and featured a 64-player field. Cathrea, the No. 1-seeded player, defeated No. 5 Elizabeth Schultz in 10 holes in Saturday's semifinal match before moving on to defeat Zhou, the No. 3 seed.

Cathrea said she stayed on the attack throughout the final round. She played a driver off the deck on the final hole of the tournament, hitting the green on a par-5 from about 240 yards out. She finished the hole with a birdie.

The win gives Cathrea the chance to play in a Monday qualifying round for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which is set for April 24-27 in San Francisco. She is not sure if she will be able to play in the qualifying round.

The longtime commit and eventual Oklahoma State student-athlete turned heads when she announced her departure from the school in January. She played in three events for the Cowgirls.

Cathrea, however, currently has her eyes on a spot on the U.S. Curtis Cup team, which will play June 6-8 in St. Louis.

"I think what's different (from college) is that I'm working out harder. I'm working out twice a day, I'm practicing a lot more, I'm playing a lot (and) I have three instructors," Cathrea said. "Everything happens for a reason. I'm happy where I am right now."

Cathrea has a trip to Q-School, the U.S. Women's Amateur and the Porter Cup on the immediate horizon.

"Right now, I'm hoping to make the Curtis Cup team. Other than that, I'm just going to play golf like I usually do," Cathrea said.

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