Lopez wins record fifth straight LPGA event
June 18, 1978 - At the Bankers Trust Classic in Rochester, N.Y., Nancy Lopez was seeking to become the first to win five straight tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
Not only did Lopez have to overcome the pressure of the streak, she also had to overcome a mishap in the third round when her drive on the 10th hole struck a spectator. The man fell bleeding to the ground. A distraught Lopez stood next to him, held his hand and cried.
Unnerved, the 21-year-old rookie double-bogeyed the hole, her first in 83 holes. She went into today's final round three shots behind Jane Blalock. The fall in her game was only temporary, as Lopez recovered her composure and shot a 69. She won the tournament when Blalock missed a birdie putt on 18.
Lopez dedicated the historic victory to the very same man whose injury she had been able to overcome. And the man, a local dentist named Jerry Mesolella, befriended the golfer and later said that it was worth being "skulled" by Lopez just to meet her.
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