Melissa Reid leads Tour money list
Melissa Reid has swept straight from the top of English amateur golf to the top of the money list on the Ladies European Tour.
Melissa turned professional in November after winning the English Women’s Golf Association’s order of merit for 2007. Now, after finishing third in the MFS Women’s Australian Open, she’s taken the early lead on the LET’s 2008 New Star Money List.
The 20-year-old from Derbyshire won 20,915.77 euros in the tournament at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, on her first outing of the 2008.
The Tour rookie finished on four-under par, four shots behind Australia’s Karrie Webb and Ji-Yai Shin from South Korea. Webb retained the title with a birdie at the second hole of a sudden death play-off.
Melissa was in contention throughout the final round carding three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle, at the par-five eighth hole. She briefly held a one-stroke lead after she birdied the ninth hole, but she could not continue the momentum on the back nine.
“I played okay,” she said. “I’m quite happy, but I’m here to win. I’m not here to finish third.” She had rounds of 73, 76, 69, 70.
Melissa, who was involved with EWGA’s lottery-funded training programme from the age of 13, enjoyed a superb amateur career. Highlights included playing in the Curtis Cup, winning the British strokeplay championship and finishing 16th in the Women’s British Open where she was also leading amateur.