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Posted: 2/2/07

Libby Smith Wins in Hong Kong

Libby Smith won her first tournament as a professional today in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Ladies Masters at the Discovery Bay Golf Course.  Libby fired a final round of 66 (which included a double-eagle 2 on the 465 yard par 5 4th hole) to overcome a two-stroke deficit  and force a playoff with Shih Huei Ju of Chinese Taipei.  Libby had a opportunity to win the tournament in regulation, but bogeyed the 18th hole while Shih Huei Ju birdied it.

On the first playoff hole, Libby sank a nervous 3-footer for the victory and was greeted by former coach, Cliff Barlow who was a surprise visitor in the gallery.  Libby's paycheck was enough to put her in second place on the Order of Merit behind fellow American Natalie Tucker who won last week at the Macau Ladies Open in China.  Libby finished in a tie for 28th in that tournament giving her a total of $12,758 for the young season.

You can read more about Libby at www.lagt.org.  Libby will be playing tournaments on the Ladies Asian Tour, the Europlean Ladies Tour and the Futures Tour this year hoping to get back to the LPGA tour for next season.