Gabi Ruffels maintained a stranglehold on the No.1 position on the Epson Tour as a new contender emerged at the Twin Bridges Championship in New York.
A two-time winner already this season, Ruffels (70) finished just one shot shy of the playoff between Jenny Bae (73) and Natasha Andrea Oon (66), Bae going on to win at the fifth extra hole.
It is Bae's second win in succession from just three starts, the $US30,000 winner's cheque moving her to ninth in the Race For the Card standings.
Oon is in second spot in the season-long points race, less than $6,000 behind Ruffels who has accumulated $109,860 this season.
Robyn Choi kept alive her hopes of clinching one of the LPGA Tour cards on offer at season's end with her third top-10 finish in her past four starts.
The Queenslander matched Oon for the equal best score of the day - a 5-under 66 - to climb into a tie for fifth, just two shots behind Ruffels.
There were WPGA members in the top 10 also on the LPGA Tour and LET Access Series in Europe.
Veteran Sarah Kemp combined with Canadian Alena Sharp to finish eighth at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational while Victorian Stephanie Bunque was tied for third at the Trust Golf Links Series at Ramside Hall in England.
On a day in which only eight players broke the par of 73, Bunque’s even-par round saw her finish two shots back of England’s Lianna Bailey (75).
Fellow Australian Kelsey Bennett and New Zealand’s Hanee Song both shot even-par rounds of 73 to finish tied for sixth, Kiwi Wenyung Keh (73) tied for 11th in a superb week for WPGA Tour members.
Twin Bridges Championship
Pinehaven Country Club, Guilderland, New York
1 Jenny Bae 65-69-73—207 $US30,000
Won on the fifth hole of sudden death playoff
3 Gabriela Ruffels 69-69-70—208 $13,711
T5 Robyn Choi 69-75-66—210 $7,838
T13 Amelia Garvey (NZ) 69-72-72—213 $3,329
T13 Cassie Porter 67-74-72—213 $3,329
T26 Hira Naveed 69-70-76—215 $1,915
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan
1 C. Knight/E. Szokol 69-61-62-65—257 $US326,872 ea
8 S. Kemp/A. Sharp 69-64-71-60—264 $38,404 ea
T13 K. Davidson/D. Darquea 71-66-68-62—267 $22,777 ea
T26 H. Green/S. Oh 71-66-72-62—271 $8,580 ea
MC S.J. Smith/L. Ridderstrom 69-69—138
Ladies European Tour
La Sella Open
La Sella Golf, Spain
1 Nuria Iturrioz 68-70-67—205 €150,000
Won in sudden death playoff
T35 Momoka Kobori (NZ) 69-71-76—216 €7,550
T46 Kirsten Rudgeley 71-75-72—218 €4,728.57
LET Access Series
Trust Golf Links Series Ramside Hall
Ramside Hall GC, England
1 Lianna Bailey 71-67-75—213 €6,400
T3 Stephanie Bunque 70-72-73—215 €2,270
T6 Kelsey Bennett 70-74-73—217 €1,240
T6 Hanee Song (NZ) 72-72-73—217 €1,240
T11 Wenyung Keh (NZ) 70-76-73—219 €766.67
T25 Kristalle Blum 73-75-76—224 €505.33
MC Amy Walsh 76-77—153
MC Stefanie Hall 79-74—153
MC Munchin Keh (NZ) 75-78—153
Photo: Courtesy of Epson Tour