Fiona Xu is like an hurricane in... Hurricane

The Moresco sisters, the only Italians in the competition, also earned prize money: Benedetta finished 47th with 215 (71 69 75, -1), while Angelica finished 52nd with 216 (76 69 71, par)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Fiona Xu is like an hurricane in... Hurricane
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Nineteen-year-old Fiona Xu made an extraordinary impact at the Copper Rock Championship, the seventh event of the Epson Tour held at the Copper Rock Golf Course in Hurricane, Utah, where she dominated her opponents and claimed victory with a score of 194 (67 63 64, -22) strokes.

She finished seven strokes ahead of South African Kaleigh Telfer, who secured second place with 201 (-15), and eight strokes ahead of Canadian Alena Sharp, who settled for third place with 202 (-14), despite her past successes on the LPGA Tour.

Fiona Xu, results

The Moresco sisters, the only Italians in the competition, also earned prize money: Benedetta finished 47th with 215 (71 69 75, -1), while Angelica finished 52nd with 216 (76 69 71, par). Benedetta showed more consistency in her performance throughout the year, while Angelica's performance fluctuated more.

In fourth place with 205 (-11) were Jessica Porvasnik and Taiwanese player Cynthia Lu, followed by Dana Fall in sixth place with 210 (-6), and Becca Huffer, Lauren Stephenson, and Dutch player Dewi Weber tied for seventh place with 207 (-9).

Savannah Vilaubi (147, +3), the defending champion, missed the cut, which was set at 145 (+1). Xu, a rookie on the circuit, secured her first Epson Tour victory in her sixth event. In her previous five tournaments, she had achieved a second-place finish (IOA Championship) but had never placed higher than 22nd.

Her score of 194 (-22) set the record for the lowest score ever recorded on the tour over 54 holes, surpassing the previous record of 195 (-21) set by Taiwanese player Juliana Hung in the aforementioned IOA Championship at the end of April.

Xu also recorded the lowest scores of the day in the last two rounds, matching the course record of 63 (-9) set by Savannah Vilaubi and Australian player Su Oh in 2023. She made a total of 25 birdies and three bogeys. With this victory, she climbed from tenth to first place in the Race for the Card 2024 (the merit-based ranking that leads to earning an LPGA Tour card at the end of the year) and received a prize of $37,500 out of a total purse of $250,000. Prior to transitioning to the professional category, she was ranked 12th in the world amateur rankings.

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