Staggs was coming off a solid showing at the 2013 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, which was played at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club, the home course of the University of Oklahoma.
After qualifying for the WAPL, Staggs shot a 148 over the first two days to advance to the match play portion of the tournament. She won her first round match and had a lead heading into the final hole in the round of 32. That’s when the wheels fell off for Staggs.
“On the final hole I had a one-up lead and was trying to prevent the match from going into extra holes,” Staggs said. “I had 230 yards into the green and was down wind so I decided to commit myself to going for the green in two to give myself an eagle chance. I went for it and my ball hit the tree and kicked down into the creek and I lost the hole.”
It was a bitter pill for Staggs to swallow. To be one hole away from the round of 16 in only her second tournament since parting ways with OU would have been an incredible boost. However, going through that helped her to win the SAC this week.
“I felt like my experience in the Public Links, in the match play against those players, helped me to be patient,” Staggs said. “And to realize that I’ve been down before to some of the best players in the country and manage to win. I think that gave me confidence.”