THOMPSONVILLE, Mi. (MI Sports Now/Matthew Doyle) –
Kentucky native Tristyn Nowlin has won the 2021 Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain.
Northwestern’s Kelly Sim held a three-stroke lead entering play but struggled on the back nine during the final round on Wednesday.
Sim made a birdie putt on the 14th hole to put her back in front, but a double-bogey on the 15th hole and bogey on the 16th hole paved the way for Nowlin to jump in front.
Nowlin, a former University of Illinois golfer, shot a -3 on the day to finish at -10 for the tournament and claim the victory. This was only Nowlin’s second career pro event.
“I’ve said this multiple times throughout the week, but this tournament, it’s my first time up here and I’ve had an absolute blast,” Nowlin said. “My playing competitors, just seeing everyone out here to support and just sort of the community that this resort has built has been very enjoyable. I do have big goals, you know, I’m a very ambitious person, but again I just love the game so much. Wherever I end up down the line I’ll be happy with that.”
Nowlin said she will now prepare to play in the Illinois Women’s Open starting July 6th.
University of Michigan golfer Ashley Lau finished in a tie for second place with Sim, who shot a +2 in the final round. The pair finished at -8 for the tournament.
Traverse City’s Anika Dy finished the tournament tied for seventh.