Patty Sheehan's building fund received a major contribution Sunday when the LPGA Hall of Famer added $145,000, part of a women's record total of $285,000 in the two-day LPGA Skins Game at Frisco, Texas.
Sheehan is in the process of building a 6,000-square foot dream house in Reno, Nev., and the bills are mounting."I won't be adding a new wing; the house is big enough already," Sheehan said. "But it's over-budget so the money will go to that."
Sheehan, 37, took five skins and $145,000 in Sunday's final nine holes after capturing six skins and $140,000 Saturday.
Defending champion Betsy King finished a productive weekend with five skins worth $165,000.
Nancy Lopez and Brandie Burton were shut out, becoming the first players in the four-year history of the event to not win any cash.
Sheehan was worried about being shut out when she teed off on Saturday.
"I had no idea I'd play this well," Sheehan said. "It hasn't been a great year so far. But everything came together the last two days. I was good off the tee, I hit my irons well and I made some putts when I needed to."
Sheehan won three skins and $75,000 with a five-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole.
That combined with Saturday's winnings over the first nine holes gave her a Skins Game record $215,000, shattering the old standard of $200,000 set by Jan Stephenson in 1990 and Pat Bradley in 1992.
Sheehan, who started the weekend 27th on the money list $78,712, wrapped up the title and an automatic bid to next year's event, closing out King by draining a six-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th for two more skins and $70,000.
The previous all-time LPGA cash haul was the $250,000 pocketed in the Mazda Champions team event with PGA Senior players from 1985-89. Lopez, Amy Alcott, Patti Rizzo, Alice Miller and Coleen Walker all collected $250,000 for that event.
"I had no idea," Sheehan said of the money record. "And when I found out I tried not to think about it."
King ended Sheehan's run with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th, then watched Burton and Lopez miss from 10 and seven feet to give King two skins and $70,000.
King completed the event with a 12-foot putt for an eagle on the par-5 18th, worth two skins and $70,000. The eagle was the first in the history of the LPGA Skins Game.
The second and final day of the event started on the 10th hole, where Lopez missed a five-foot birdie putt that would have been worth a $25,000 skin. Lopez remains the all-time LPGA Skins Game money-winner with $320,000.
"I was hitting close to the pin but I was choking my putter tighter and tighter all day," Lopez said. "I like to jump in the air and have fun when I make a skin and I wasn't able to do that. Patty played well but I wish she would have left some money for us."