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Melissa Reid makes professional debut in Dubai





England’s Melissa Reid finished 35th and collected a cheque for 4050 euros when she made her professional debut in the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Emirate’s Majlis course.

The 20-year-old from Chevin in Derbyshire was England’s top amateur before turning professional last month.

During her last amateur season she won the English Ladies’ Golf Association’s order of merit, was leading amateur at the women’s British Open and won the British strokeplay championship, among other titles.

In Dubai, she was six-over par with scores of 74, 72, 74, 74. The tournament title was successfully defended by Annika Sorenstam who was 10-under and two clear of England’s Laura Davies and Denmark’s Iben Tinning.

Among the other English players in the field was Felicity Johnson from Harborne in Warwickshire, who was English champion in 2005 at the age of 18. She tied 25th in this event on two-over par (72, 72, 71, 75).

Kent’s Dani Masters, 24, was celebrating when she arrived at the tournament after being named female sports personality of the year in the BBC South East sports awards.
In her amateur days Dani, from Chart Hills, was an England international and represented GB&I in the Curtis Cup and the Vagliano Trophy.
This season on the Ladies European Tour she has secured six top-20 finishes and a second place in the Ladies Scottish Open. In Dubai, though, she had to settle for a share of 44th place on eight-over par.

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