Instead, the University of Wisconsin golfer spent most of the back nine at North Shore Country Club pulling away from the 48 other golfers to complete a wire-to-wire victory.
Curtis played those final eight holes in 2-under-par to shoot a 1-over 73 in the final round and win the 36-hole gathering of the state’s top professional and amateurs for the first time by seven shots over former Badger Kris Yoo (72) with a 3-under total of 141.
Butler golfer Jenna Peters of Kohler rallied with a 78 to finish third at 150. Stoughton’s Becky Klongland, a teammate of Curtis with the Badgers, began the day four shots back of Curtis, shot 79 and placed fourth (151).
Curtis, a former Altoona athlete, showed no signs of giving ground after starting with a birdie on No. 1. But she followed that with three straight bogeys and didn’t seem as invincible as she had Tuesday when she shot the week’s only sub-par round — a 68.
But she got one shot back with a birdie at No. 5 and played her final 13 holes in even-par thanks to birdies at Nos. 13 and 16. She played the back nine in 3-under over the two-day event in winning her first Women’s State Open after tying for seventh in 2014.