Goetze-Ackerman earns top-10 finish

By Anthony Rhoads

Former University of Georgia standout Vicki Goetze-Ackerman had a solid tournament at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship as she finished 10th.

She came into the final round at 6-under par and shot 2-under in the final 18 holes to finish at 8-under.

At Georgia, Goetze-Ackerman was the 1992 NCAA champion, the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Female Athlete of the Year.

Goetze turned professional in June 1993. She hasn't won any tournaments but her best showing was a second-place finish at the LPGA Corning Classic in 2000.

Marietta's Denise Killeen finished tied for 23rd at 5-under par.

Having a solid finish was a perfect birthday present for Killeen. She celebrated her 41st birthday Sunday. Even though she celebrated her birthday Sunday, Killeen didn't spend much time with her husband.

Killeen's husband caddies for Pat Hurst, whose 10-under was good enough for a tie for fifth place.

Angela Jerman, of Columbus, closed out the tournament at 5-under to tie at 23rd place. Jerman is a 2002 Georgia graduate.

American hope: Now that the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship is complete the question will be asked again?why can't an American-born player win on the LPGA tour?

Four events into the season, the drought continues as the LPGA continues to be dominated by players who were born on foreign soil.

Florida resident Meg Mallon appeared ready to break the streak on Sunday with birdies on 4, 5, 7, 10, and 14. The birdie on the 14th hole moved her to 11-under par, just two strokes back.

D?j? vu all over again: On the fourth hole of her playoff against Se Ri Pak, Australian Shani Waugh hit a tee shot that went into the water on hole 10.

Sophie Gustafson can relate. In 2001, Gustafson was in a sudden-death playoff against Annika Sorenstam.

She lost the tournament when her tee shot off hole 10 sailed into the water.

How former Chick-fil-A champs fared: Defending Chick-fil-A champion Juli Inkster didn't even make the cut into the final round.

Inkster shot a 77 in round 1 but fired a 3-under par 69 in the second round.

Her second round performance put her at 2-over, missing the cut by two strokes.

Nancy Lopez, the 1997 champion and tournament host, also missed the cut with a 14-over par after two rounds.

Two other former champions failed to make the cut including 1999 champ Rachel Teske (1-over), 1995 champ Laura Davies (5-over).

Other former champions fared better including 2000 winner Sophie Gustafson and Barb Mucha, who tied at fifth place with 10-under.

Finishing at 3-under was 1998 champion Liselotte Neumann. She finished tied for 33rd.

Up next in the LPGA Tour: The LPGA is the Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Va.

It will be held May 1-4 and it's an inaugural event.

(Doug Gorman contributed to this story.)