Runs in the family: Thompson wins Dixie Am
Friday, December 23, 2011
Chalk up another title for the Thompson family. Curtis Thompson won the Dixie Amateur on Dec. 22, 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. The final two rounds were played at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. 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, Fla.
Lexi Thompson won the 2007 Dixie Amateur at the age of 12. The Thompsons are the first sister-brother duo to win the title. The Thompson family lives in Coral Springs, Fla.
This was the first major amateur title for Curtis, who also was medalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior and runner-up at this year’s Players Amateur. Thompson, an LSU 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.