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Watson wins Leadbetter Challenge by one shot

CURTIS CUP teenager Sally Watson, from the Earlsferry Golf Club, Fife, won the The Leadbetter Challenge’s girls’ tournament at IMG Academy Golf Country Club’s course, Sarasota Bay, Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend.

Watson, a 17-year-old student at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Bradenton, shot rounds of 72 and 71 for a one-under-par total of 143.

The Scot, who will enrol at Stanford University – Tiger Woods’ old stamping ground in California – in the autumn, has had very little competitive action since a major knee operation days after she played in the Curtis Cup at St Andrews last May.

Watson won in the end by one shot from the talented Israeli player, Laetitia Beck, who is also a student at a golf academy in Florida, and Irene Jung from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Out in 33 to Watson and Jung’s 37 apiece, Beck dropped a shot at the 12th but birdied the 13th to have a clear lead until she bogeyed the 15th and double-bogeyed the 16th.

Beck birdied the last for a 69 and a total of 144 but it was too late to catch Watson. The Scot’s two-under-par inward half of 34 was decisive in the final analysis.

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