Big-time late surge

Ace and stellar final 3 holes leave Coloradan Becca Huffer 1 out of playoff in Epson Tour season opener

By Gary Baines – 3/5/2023

Coloradan Becca Huffer didn’t pick up her first victory on the Epson Tour on Sunday, but it wasn’t for a lack of a good finish.

Anything but.

The Monument resident, a two-time winner of the Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open, went 4 under par for her last three holes, going birdie, hole-in-one, birdie to close out a round of 7-under-par 65, which tied for the low final-day score at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven, Fla.

Alas, that left Huffer a stroke out of a three-way playoff, with a fourth-place showing, her best on the Epson Tour since 2018.

Huffer, a former LPGA Tour player, made her ace at the 180-yard 17th hole, using a 4-iron. Coincidentally — or perhaps not — her last hole-in-one also came on that same 17th hole, in the final round in 2018.

The Littleton High School graduate finished a stroke back of champion Agathe Laisne, who birdied the first playoff hole, as well as Jillian Hollis and Kiira Riihijarvi.

Sunday’s 65 by Huffer included an eagle, six birdies and a bogey. That came after earlier rounds of 71-72 and left her at 8-under-par 208 in the Epson Tour’s 2023 season opener. She moved up 14 spots on the scoreboard in round 3.

It marked the 12th top-10 finish in Huffer’s Epson Tour career. She’s been a runner-up twice on the circuit and has posted three thirds and two fourths.

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