LAUREL – Sue Matson could finally let it all go.
With her grandson square in her thoughts all week, Matson tapped in for par on the 18th hole and claimed her record fourth Montana Women’s Senior State Am title Saturday at her home course, the Laurel Golf Club.
Matson’s grandson Trip suffered a severe brain injury in a motorcycle crash earlier this summer, and her husband greeted her behind the 18th green with a vase of flowers with Trip’s picture on it, causing the former Laurel golf coach to break down into tears.
“It’s unbelievable,” Matson said after the win. “The slogan for my grandson is #TripTough and #FightLikeTrip. And I was fighting like Trip.”
She overcame a three-shot deficit to Condon’s Helene Michael entering the final round. Matson, who shot a 39 on the front nine, took the lead when Michael double-bogeyed the Par 4 7th. The two were tied again after 10, but another double-bogey from Michael on No. 11 gave Matson the lead for good.
Matson shot a final round 80 for a 248 three-day total. Michael finished at 252, while Helena’s Susan Court finished third at 253. Libby’s Bobbie Lacken was fourth at 254.
The win comes 10 years after Matson’s first Senior Am victory in 2007. She also won it in 2008, the last time the tournament was played at Laurel.