LPGA Tour veteran Marissa Steen (West Chester, OH) has had an excellent two weeks on the National Women’s Golf Association’s (NWGA) Eggland’s Best Ladies Professional Golf Tour. After losing in a sudden-death playoff during week one to Christina Yang (Suwannee, GA) at Victoria Hills Golf Club (Deland, FL), Steen steamrolled her way to victory during week two at Debary, Golf & Country Club (Debary, FL) with rounds of 69-67-71, besting fellow LPGA Tour player Laetitia Beck (Israel) by four strokes. “I am feeling good about things right now”, said Steen. “The difference between last week and this week was putting. Last week nothing fell, this week I was able to get the ball into the hole.”
Steen seems to be in good spirits about where her game is right now as she gears up for the LPGA Tour’s opener in the Bahamas next week.
“I am thankful to have these Eggland’s Best Pro Tour events to play in. They provide a great opportunity for me as I begin my season on the LPGA. Getting these competitive rounds proves to be a great test, gets me into that competitive mindset, and establishes a routine – something you can’t get from practicing on the range alone.”
Steen, who played her college golf at the University of Memphis, picked up the game at age fourteen. Up to her sophomore year, she admits she was just an average golfer with a scoring average of 78/79. In her junior year, Marissa dropped an impressive five strokes off her game, finishing with a stroke average of 73. She credits her hard work and her swing coach Tim Lambert (Shaker Run Golf Club, Cincinnati, OH) for the turn around in her game. “I played really well my junior year and after speaking with my coach I decided to give Q-School a try. I did well in stage one, but narrowly missed advancing to the final stage.”
Steen turned pro in 2012 playing on the Symetra Tour. In 2014, Steen finished in the top 10 earning her LPGA Tour card for 2015. “My rookie year on tour in 2015 was a battle. I should have taken a medical waiver that year but I decided to push on, playing with three broken ribs.” Steen found herself back on the Symetra Tour in 2016, and a healthy Steen finished eighth on the money list, and once again found herself with an LPGA Tour card for 2017. “I played well enough that I retained some status, but elected to go to Q-school to improve on that. Right now I will play in just about all of the domestic events on the LPGA Tour, and Australia. I hope to get inside the top sixty, and if so I will play in the limited field events in Asia.”
Marissa Steen has won three times on both the NWGA and the Symetra Tour, but her best finish on the LPGA has been a tie for 30th. It’s a new year, and Marissa boasts a new attitude as she looks to make great things happen for herself in 2018.
The NWGA Eggland’s Best Ladies Professional Golf Tour is the second largest women’s professional golf organization in the United States – second only to the LPGA/Symetra organizations. Established in 2006, some of the games best have frequented tournaments on the NWGA Schedule. Paula Creamer, Maria Hjorth, Anna Nordqvist, British Open Champions Jeong Jang, and Stacy Lewis, 2015 NWGA Tour Champion Brooke Henderson, Cheyenne Woods, just to name a few. The NWGA strives to be the number tour for players aspiring to play on the LPGA and LPGA Symetra Tour.