DeWitt's Nagel overcomes 5-stroke deficit to win Michigan Women's Open

The Detroit News

Liz Nagel made her first professional victory one to remember.

The DeWitt native and former Michigan State golfer overcame a five-stroke deficit on the final day, shooting a 4-under 68 Wednesday to win the 25th Michigan PGA Women's Open Championship at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Liz Nagel of DeWitt reads the green and talks over a final birdie putt with her caddie on No. 18 of the 25th Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Nagel, 26, pockets $6,000 for the victory.

“This means everything to me,” Nagel said. “This is my first professional win and to get it here means everything. It’s the perfect place to get that first pro win, and hopefully more will come after it.”

Nagel finished with a 9-under 207 on the Mountain Ridge course, winning by three shots over three others, including Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake, Ill., who entered the final round as the tournament leader.

Harkins shot a final-round 77, finishing in a tie for second with recent Michigan State graduate Sarah Burnham and Marissa Chow, who also finished second last year.

Nagel, who competes on the the PGA and Symetra tours, had finished her round and learned she had won while in the scoring tent.

“... I was shocked when all of a sudden everybody is telling me I won,” she said. “I couldn’t help but cry and I’m not a crier. I’m just really happy about this. I’m bummed my parents were not here, but I already talked to my dad and it means a lot to me. It’s just wonderful. It means the world to me.”