Golf: Beck gets final hole birdie to secure 2nd in Scotland

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
January 20, 2010 08:23
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Israeli teenage star Laetitia Beck has put in another superb performance, finishing second by only one stroke in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Invitational 2009. The 17-year-old scored 71, 74 and 74 in her three rounds on the par 72 Dundonald Links course in Ayreshire, Scotland, last week, losing the title to 15-year-old 2008 British Open Junior Champion Moriya Juntanugarn of Thailand. Beck's final three holes on Thursday, where she scored par, par and a birdie, illustrated her skill and composure, as she knew she needed to pull back a stroke on the final hole to secure second place. After a well placed drive of some 250 yards off the final tee, Beck was left with almost 235 yards to the green, protected by a water hazard in the front. Without any hesitation she confidently chose her 3 wood and hit the ball almost pin high on the left of the green. A chip and a putt was all she needed and she did so with perfection to the delight of the crowd, which included Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Another Israeli prospect, 15-year-old Assaf Cohen was happy with his performance, scoring 82, 79, 79 in only his second time playing on a links golf course.


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