Teen golfer wins Anchorage Open, then works a shift at the golf course

Abigail Ante put in the necessary work to win the Anchorage Open women’s title Sunday, and minutes after accepting the championship trophy and commemorative flag she actually went to work at Anchorage Golf Course.

Ante’s 1-over 37 on the front nine made up for an average back side as the teenager fashioned an 82 in the second round of the 36-hole event.

Afterward, the South High sophomore worked a few hours washing carts and checking out rental clubs after another attendant wasn’t able to make their midday shift.

Ante, who shot 84 Saturday, finished with a two-day score of 166, five strokes better than Toyoko Hawkins, the senior champion who shot 85 Saturday and 86 Sunday.

On the men’s side, Erik Thompson held off defending-champion Kyle Reading to earn the championship by one stroke.

Thompson carded a second-round 80 and two-day score of 156. Reading, a lefty the same as Ante, scored a 1-over 77 on Sunday for a 157 total.

The tournament featured 69 players, and only men in the championship flight who played from the longer blue tees were eligible for the men’s overall crown.

Top performances in other flights came from first-flight golfer Nathan Carr, who carded 77s on both days for a 154 total, and senior men’s championship flight player Larry Furstenberg, whose 156 total included an 82 from Sunday and an 74 from Saturday.

Other flight winners included Dave Kester (174, men’s second flight), Luke Blomfield (196, men’s third flight), Tim Connolly (182, senior men’s first flight) and Dennis Sorenson (191, senior men’s second flight ).