Friday, December 23, 2011


Chalk up another title for the Thompson family. Curtis Thompson won the Dixie Amateur on Thursday, less than a week after his younger sister, Lexi, won the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Curtis Thompson shot 13-under 274 (69-69-69-67) to finish a shot ahead of Daniel Berger (71-71-66-68 for 276). The final two rounds were played over Heron Bay Golf Club's 7,234yd course at Coral Springs, Florida.
Charlie Bull (Wentworth) finished T24 on 287 with rounds of 72-71-76-68.
+To view all the final totals

The field was split during the first two rounds between Heron Bay, former site of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, and Woodlands Country Club’s East Course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Peter Uihlein, winner of the Dixie Amateur for the past two years, did not attempt to complete a hat-trick. He recently announced his intention to turn professional within the next few weeks and to campaign in Europe.
Lexi Thompson won the 2007 Dixie Amateur women's title at the age of 12. The Thompsons are the first sister-brother duo to win the title. The Thompson family lives locally at Coral Springs, Florida.
This was the first big amateur title for Curtis Thompson, who also was medallist (leading qualifier) at the 2010 U.S. Junior and runner-up at this year’s Players Amateur. Thompson, a Louisiana State University freshman, ended the fall season ranked 65th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
"That was a lot of fun, but I have to say there was some pressure," said Thompson, who turned 19 nine days ago. His family, including Lexi and older brother Nicholas, followed him during the final round. Nicholas Thompson, a former member of the U.S. Walker Cup team, recently regained his full Nationwide Tour card at Q-School.
Lexi Thompson, 16, won the Ladies European Tour’s Dubai Ladies Masters and the LPGA’s Navistar LPGA Classic in 2011. She is the youngest professional to win on either tour. She will be an LPGA member in 2012.
The Dixie Amateur women's championship will be held from December 30 to January 2.
+Gavin Dear from Murrayshall, near Perth won the Dixie Amateur Championship in 2008 before he turned professional. He is one of the few British competitors to win the prestigious American title and, almost certainly, the only Scot to have done so.



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