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Stephanie Kyriacou's 1st Pro Win — And She's Still An Amateur

Australian golfer Stephanie Kyriacou is a winner on a pro tour, and she hasn't even turned pro yet. Wins by amateurs on pro tours are rare, but Stephanie pulled off the feat today — and she did it with an 8-stroke victory.

The tournament was the Ladies European Tour's 2020 season-opener in Australia, the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville. Kyriacou carded scores of 69, 63 and 69, then closed with a 65 to finish at 22-under 266. That was eight strokes better than the runner-up. (That runner-up, Korean golfer Ayean Cho, is ranked No. 35 in the Rolex Rankings.)

Did we mention she's still an amateur? We did? That's OK, it bears repeating.

Who is Stephanie Kyriacou? Right now she is the 90th-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. But she's about to make a leap up the rankings. Prior to her LET victory, 89th was her highest WAGR ranking to date.

Kyriacou made the cut in a previous pro tournament this year, the LPGA co-sanctioned ISPS Handa Vic Open, and finished 38th. Her wins in amateur tournaments over the past year include the Port Phillip Open Amateur, Queensland Amateur Championship and Women's Australian Master of the Amateurs, with numerous other high finishes in WAGR ranking events.

Kyriacou is a 19-year-old from Sydney. She started the final round of the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville with a 2-stroke lead, but reeled off six birdies in a front-nine 29 that pushed her lead to nine.

“I’m lost for words and still on cloud nine," Kyriacou said after the win. "Still can’t believe it!"

The victory gains Kyriacou membership on the Ladies European Tour and on the ALPG Tour, if she wants it — she'll have to turn pro to take up those memberships. The LET gives amateur winners two weeks to decide whether to turn pro.

(Update: Kyriacou did, in fact, accept LET and ALPG membership and made her pro debut one week later.)

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