Put another check in Alexis Thompson’s win column. The 14-year-old defended her title at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship Saturday, beating Taylor Collins, 3 and 1, at Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Thompson, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior and amateur, is at the end of a five-week stretch of amateur tournaments, which began with a win at the Junior Orange Bowl Dec. 30. She finished second at the Dixie Amateur, lost in a playoff to Kyle Roig at the Harder Hall and came in third at last week’s Sally.
Thompson took the No. 1 seed in the match-play portion of the Jones/Doherty, and never had a match go past the 14th hole until her semifinal match against Martha Leach, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion. Thompson beat Leach, 1 up, before defeating Collins, a junior at Nova Southeastern, in the final.
Roig took the No. 2 seed, but lost to Kelsey MacDonald, 1 up, in the semifinals.
Daniela Lendl, who has committed to Alabama for the fall of 2011, lost to Collins, 2 and 1, in the Round of 16. Amelia Lewis, who recently left Florida after her first semester, fell to Collins in the quarterfinals, 2 and 1.
In the senior division, Kim Eaton, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, defeated Lisa Schlesinger, 1 up.
The Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship is the third tournament on the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit, which kicked off with the Harder Hall.