Life on the pro golf circuit
Steamboat's Shannon Hanley takes second at PGA event
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs golf guru Shannon Hanley headed to Florida this winter on a mission to improve her short game.
Hanley won the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Central Section Championship in August to qualify for an LPGA major – the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in June.
Hanley, who teaches private lessons and works at the Steamboat Golf Club, knew constant competition was the only way to be ready.
“I have to keep my game sharp,” Hanley said. “It’s one thing to practice and another to put your skills to the fire in competition – you’ve got to take what you’ve got and put it under the heat.”
Hanley brought her heat on a “cold,” 39-degree day, Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to shoot the low score of the final round at the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship.
“It was tough course conditions with how the pins were set, but I managed to play very calm and steady,” Hanley said.
Hanley shot two over par 74 with three birdies and five bogies, her lowest score of the week. The final score of 227 was four shots shy of winner Marjorie Jones, a teaching pro at the Chelsea Piers Golf Academy in New York City.
Hanley’s runner-up effort earned her a cool $1,375 check and some momentum headed into her competition next week, the PGA Match Play Championship.
Hanley said she has been having a productive winter. On Jan. 23 to 24, her two-player team took fifth at the Pro-Pro Tournament Series in Orlando, Fla. For now, she plans to base out of Port St. Lucie and compete in as many pro-am and club professional division events as she can before returning to Steamboat in April.
“My short game’s coming around,” Hanley said. “I’m looking forward to June, working hard this winter with a trainer to get in the best physical shape I can : I’m going to see how good I can get and, I guess you could say, see where the snow falls.”
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