Nataliya Guseva won the Black Desert Resort


Nataliya Guseva won the Black Desert Resort
Nataliya Guseva won the Black Desert Resort © Getty Images Sport - Kevin C. Cox / Staff

The Russian golfer Nataliya Guseva won the Black Desert Resort Championship, an Epson Tour tournament, in the United States. First victory in her professional career and on the second American women's circuit for the proette from Moscow who, at the age of 20, 5 months and 30 days won in Miami, Florida, at Soldier Hollow Golf Club (Silver Course, par 72).

Where, with a last bogey free round she closed in 65 (-7) out of a total of 198 (66 67 65, -18) she overtook, among others, the Italian Roberta Liti, 2nd with 200 (-16) along with three other competitors.

Nataliya Guseva, Black Desert Resort Championship

The exploit earned Russian Guseva $56,250, the highest first prize of 2023 on the circuit, compared to a total prize pool of $375,000.

"I'm thrilled, it feels like I'm dreaming. Winning means a lot, I reserved the first call for my mother and told her: 'I can't cry right now, there are too many cameras near me' But in the end it happened the same", the joy of Guseva, who became professional a few months ago.

Another good performance for the Tuscan Roberta Liti who came close to success again and, in the last round, with a 67 (-5), she made two eagles and three birdies, with two bogeys. Now in 6th place in the "Race for the card", the order of merit of the Epson Tour, if she were to close the season among the best ten, the Italian proette would gain a full 'card' to play, in 2024, on the LPGA Tour alongside the best in the world.

The Ladies European Tour (LET) is the professional circuit for women golfers (proettes) created in 1979, based in England. Most of the golfers who participate are European but it is possible to see golfers of non-European nationality, the largest contingent of which is Australian.

It is the equivalent of the LPGA for the European continent. Its mission is to organize and set up the various tournaments of the year, these can be organized outside Europe and/or be registered with another circuit (such as the Evian Masters which is also registered on the LPGA Tour).