Alabama’s Kristen Gillman Wins Japan LPGA Century 21 Ladies’ Tournament
Playing as an amateur, Alabama women’s golfer Kristen Gillman fired a final round 67 on Sunday to win the Japan LPGA Tour’s Century 21 Ladies’ Tournament in Shiga, Japan.
Gillman finished the weekend at 17-under par (65-67-67/199) to win the event by four shots at the par-72, 6,518-yard Shiga Golf Course West Course. The Austin, Texas, native was one of three amateurs in the 109-player field.
The victory is the first for a Crimson Tide golfer in a professional event in UA head coach Mic Potter’s tenure at the Capstone.
“Kristen’s win in Japan is the crown jewel on top of what has already been an outstanding summer,” Potter said following the tournament. “After going 5-0 at the Curtis Cup, and following that up with a dominating performance in the Palmer Cup, it’s no surprise she’s a factor in any event she enters.”
Gillman is scheduled to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Aug. 6-12, at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston, Tenn. Gillman’s UA teammates Lauren Stephenson and Jiwon Jeon are also scheduled to participate.