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French Amateur Marine Griffaux Earns Win in 1st Pro Event

French golfer Marine Griffaut

What's the best an amateur golfer can do in her first-ever start in a professional golfer tournament? Winning it, of course. And that's exactly what Marine Griffaut did.

Griffaut, from France, won on home turf at the Montauban Ladies Open, which concluded on June 13, 2021, in France. The tournament was a stop on the 2021 LET Access Series schedule. LETAS is the official developmental tour of the Ladies European Tour.

Griffaut started the final round two strokes off the lead, but carded three birdies on her front nine. She finished with a final round of 70 (after earlier rounds of 73 and 66) to post 7-under 209. Her margin of victory was three strokes.

As noted, it was the very first professional event Griffaut had ever played in. "This was my first professional tournament, and my original goal was just to make the cut," Griffaut said after the win. "Then I shot six-under yesterday and was close to the win, so I told myself ‘You can do this Marine, this is your opportunity.’ I trusted myself."

Marine Griffaut recently completed her freshman season playing NCAA golf at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, near Austin. Her best tournament of the season was the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, where she tied for fifth place. At the conclusion of the season, Griffaut was named to the All-Sunbelt Conference first team.

French golfer Marine Griffaut