Ryann O'Toole Wins First Professional Tournament

May 17, 2010

UCLA graduate and four-year golf letterwinner Ryann O'Toole came into the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship, presented by Sprint, ready to make every round count. And because she did, carding 6-under-par 65 in first-round play, the San Clemente-native will leave Kansas with her first professional victory.

"I just felt people always say you have to go low the first day and that every day counts," said O'Toole, 23. "As proven today that every round makes a difference and shows that you have to play well early on."

Sunday's final round at Leawood South Country Club was cancelled due to rain rendering the course unplayable. Saturday's second round was also cancelled. With showers forecast for Monday as well, Duramed FUTURES Tour officials were forced to shorten the tournament to 18 holes. The tournament's $100,000 purse was cut in to $50,000, with O'Toole taking home $7,000 for her victory.

O'Toole began Friday's round on the back nine and was looking to stay close to par.

"The goal was to get through the back. Par is usually a good score," said O'Toole, a 2009 UCLA graduate.

She was made the turn in two-under par 34, before hitting her stride on the front side.

"I made the turn and after a birdie on No.1 (her 10th), I started hanging out and was aggressive when I needed to be. I had a chip in for eagle on the sixth hole. It just seemed that things fell right today."

Dewi Claire Schreefel, of Diepenveen, Netherlands finished second at four-under par 67 and Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., was third at three-under 68.

Former Bruins Mo Martin and Hana Kim, tied for 13th and 26th, respectively.

Next stop for the Duramed FUTURES Tour is the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa June 4-6. O'Toole plans to spend the two-week break between tournaments participating in an open qualifier for the U.S. Women's Open and relaxing.

"After a trip to Vegas, I'm going to get ready for Iowa," said O'Toole. "I need to show that it's not a fluke and that I'm playing well."

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EVENT INFORMATION
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Monday, Feb 29
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
1st (+4, 868)
Monday, Mar 21
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Wednesday, Mar 23
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
3rd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS