The Sally: Thompson coasts to 13-stroke victory

ORMAND BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2009) -- Alexis Thompson, one of the fastest-rising junior golfers in the country, won the second stop of the Orange Blossom Tour by the same amount of strokes as her age, 13. She went 68-70-73-72--283 at the Women's South Atlantic Amateur, also known as the Sally, finishing five strokes under par and a baker's dozen better than her nearest competition, former Kent State golfer team member Kira Meixner. Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald carded a final-round 74 to finish in third, two strokes back.

The Coral Springs native, who is the reigning U.S. Girls' Junior champion, was two strokes away from winning the first stop of the tour when she finished runner-up to Auburn's Candace Schepperle last week at the Harder Hall Invitational.

The Orange Blossom Tour, which serves as an early-season look at some of the top women amateurs in the country, picks up again Jan. 19th with the start of the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, which concludes on Saturday.

The tour finishes up with the Women's International Four-Ball, which runs Jan. 26-30.

Results For Women's South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship (The Sally)
1FLLexi ThompsonCoral Springs, FL100068-70-73-72--283
2CanadaKira MeixnerCanada70073-73-77-73--296
3ScotlandKelsey MacDonaldScotland50077-77-69-74--297
4FLWendi GoldenBradenton, FL50073-75-79-75--302
5FLJessica YadloczkyCasselberry, FL50076-76-76-78--306

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ABOUT THE Women's South Atlantic Amateur (The Sally)

The Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship (The SALLY) is played the second week of January each year, in Ormond Beach, Florida. Oceanside Country Club has been home to The SALLY since its beginnings in 1926. The tournament field consists of top amateurs in the US and the top finishers are frequently represent the U.S. for the biennial Curtis Cup team. You will find many former SALLY players among the LPGA elite.

72-hole stroke play championship with a Championship Division (max handicap 6.0) and a Rockefeller Division (max handicap 10.0) that plays from shorter tees. There is also a Senior competition for players aged 50 and over competing in the Championship division.

Eligibility: A female from birth, that has reached the age of 16. All entries are accepted subject to Committee Approval.

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