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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.

Becca Huffer’s ace on No. 17 on Sunday came from 180 yards with a 4-iron. (Photo: Epson Tour Twitter)

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.

For all the scores from Winter Haven, CLICK HERE.