Derrey notches first Futures win at Tate & Lyle

Valentine Derrey earned her first professional win June 17 at the Futures Tour's Tate & Lyle Players Championship.

Valentine Derrey won the Tate & Lyle Players Championship on June 17 for her first LPGA Futures Tour victory. Derrey, of Paris, France, shot 16-under 272 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, Ill., for her first professional win.

Derrey, 24, ended the week by dropping a 9-foot putt for birdie at No. 18. It capped a final-round 68, Derrey’s fourth score in the 60s for the week.

“It’s a great accomplishment because this is my first win as a professional,” Derrey said after the final round. “I was more stressed out yesterday, but today, I just had to calm down and not think about winning.”

Tiffany Joh, who shared runner-up honors with Leanne Bowditch at 11-under 277, praised Derrey’s performance on the greens at Hickory Point.

“She made so many good 8-10 footers for par that it was just crazy,” Joh said. “My birdie putts were inside her par putts, but she was making hers and I was missing mine.”

Derrey is a former All-American at TCU, and had two other top-25 finishes on the Futures Tour this year before winning in Decatur.

Bowditch also finished strong, birdieing three of her final five holes on the way to a final-round 68. The Tate & Lyle is Bowditch’s final start on the LPGA Futures Tour. Bowditch, who has played two seasons on the Futures Tour, earned her second top-10 finish at the Tate & Lyle.

“It was nice to finish on a really good note,” said Bowditch, who has plans to get married in October. “This is my final event. The traveling lifestyle isn’t really for me. I’ve had fun out here, but I like being home and being with my fiancée.”

Elise Serramia, Jane Rah and Lisa Ferrero finished tied for fourth at 10-under 278. Ferrero has two wins on the Futures Tour already this year, including last week’s Teva Championship.

–Information from the LPGA Futures Tour used in this report.

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