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LPGA: Castren Secures First Professional Win at Mission Inn Resort and Club

HOWEY-IN-THE HILLS. Fla. -A final round 2-under 71 proved to be the winning formula for Matilda Castren as she secured her first professional victory at Mission Inn Resort and Club.

She finished 12 under overall.

“It’s definitely a confidence boost to have a win. I mean it just feels great. I feel like my game is in a good spot and I just kind of want to keep playing so I’m glad there’s more tournaments coming up,” said Castren, who is competing next week at the LPGA Drive On Championship. “It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, and I think I can speak for all the players that we really appreciated that we can have a tournament come together like this one on such short notice. The course is amazing, so it really worked out great for us and we really appreciate IOA and Mission Inn’s support.”

Castren  came into this week off the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship where she made her fifth cut of the season with the LPGA Tour and had her career-best tie for 23rd finish. She has now made three cuts in three starts on the 2020 on the “Road to the LPGA” and moves into No. 15 in the Volvik Race for the Card.

Capturing her highest finish in her Symetra Tour career, Linnea Johansson (Bastad, Sweden) finished second in Lake County after closing the weekend 7-under overall. The  three-time All-Big 12 performer for Oklahoma State University has finished in the top-20 in all four Symetra Tour events she has competed in this season.

“It was very windy today and it was blowing in the opposite direction compared to the other days, so it was a little challenging, but I just tried to embrace it, tried to get good shots and just see use it as an advantage,” said Johannsson.

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