Reto Wins Dixie Women's Am
Reto captures first Dixie Am
Reto captures first Dixie Am

CORAL SPRINGS, FL (Jan. 3, 2011) -- What could have been a walk in the park for South African Paula Reto turned into a nerve racking finish due to the stellar play of England’s Holly Clyburn and junior phenom Ginger Howard of Bradenton, Florida. Both fired closing round 2 under par 70s to fall just one short of Reto’s 74 and 3 under par 285 total. Reto’s 74 was highlighted by a gut it out par on the 18th hole as Howard watched a 4 foot slider just miss for par to tie.

Clyburn and Howard steadily chipped away at Reto’s 5 stroke lead throughout the day. The 16 year old Howard let it be know that the walk in the park would be an uphill one as she birdied the first hole. Reto’s double bogey on the #1 handicap 6th hole brought both of her challengers to within one stroke. Reto built the lead back up to 2 with her birdie on the 14th but followed with bogeys on 15 and 17 to have her lead disappear.

Argentina star Victoria Tanco’s 69 tied for the low round of the day and was good enough to move her into 4th place. Jaye Marie Green’s 69 was good enough to move her into a tie for 5th with fellow Boca Raton, Florida resident and University of Texas standout Madison Pressel. A spectacular day for the South Florida town saw a solo 7th place finish for Boca high school junior Kailey Walsh with a 3 over par 291.

Reto’s win was her first “Major” individual win which caps off a splendid year which included a team NCAA Championship win for Purdue’s Lady Boilermakers.

Results: Dixie Women's Amateur
1South AfricaPaula RetoSouth Africa70072-69-70-74--285
T2FLGinger HowardBradenton, FL50072-70-74-70--286
T2EnglandHolly ClyburnEngland50072-72-72-70--286
4ArgentinaVictoria TancoArgentina40079-71-70-69--289
T5FLMadison PresselBoca Raton, FL40073-77-70-70--290

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ABOUT THE Dixie Women's Amateur

72-hole stroke invitational women's stroke play championship. Field consists of former Dixie Amateur Champions, and women from around the world invited by the Tournament Committee. (You may request an invitation at www.dixieamateur.com). Tournament takes on extra importance as one of the last major international amateur events to be played before the Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA) determines their ranking-based exemption list. The field limit will be 108 players. Field is cut after 54 holes to the low 66 players and ties.

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