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June 12, 2016

COURSON, France — South Carolina women’s golf rising sophomore Marion Veysseyre defeated Marion Debove, 2&1, to capture the 2016 Amateur French Ladies Individual Championship on Sunday in Courson, France.

Veysseyre rallied in the 35-hole match-play final, coming back from three holes down to secure the victory. Debove pushed her lead to 3-up on the par-3 14th before Veysseyre won the next two holes and ended the first set of 18 holes just 1-down.

She evened the match on the next hole and took her first lead on the 26th hole of competition. Debove drew even with her on No. 14, the 32nd hole in the match, but Veysseyre once again won No. 15 and 16 before earning a halve on No. 17 to claim the win.

Veysseyre topped the 107-player field in her first tournament in her home country since joining the Gamecocks this past spring. The LaChapelle-Auzac, France, native advanced to the match-play portion of the event after finishing in the top-16 during stroke play with a 36-hole total of 147 (+3).

She moved past Charlotte Charrayre in the Round of 16 before downing Marion Benzekri, 4&2, to reach the quarterfinals. A 1-up victory over Charlotte Liautier followed by a 3&2 decision against Thelma Beck landed Veysseyre in the finals against Debove.

Veysseyre, the 2014 ANNIKA Invitational Europe Champion, appeared in all seven tournaments for the Gamecocks this spring. She earned her first collegiate top-20 finish at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional before taking four-time All-American Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford to the final hole in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Championship. This season marked South Carolina’s first appearance in the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship.