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Lake Gibson, Fla. Southern star Amanda Gartrell earns 1st top-5 as pro

Amanda Gartrell broke through an invisible barrier last week, finishing in a tie for fourth at the Eggland’s Best Golf Tour event at Dubsdread Golf Club in Orlando to earn her first paycheck as a professional.

In March, Gartrell’s final, record-breaking season at Florida Southern came to an early end with COVID-19 concerns ruining any chance at a national championship for the local Lake Gibson product. Soon-after, the 23-year-old made the decision to forgo a second senior season that had been granted by the NCAA, opting to turn professional and chase her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour. It didn’t take long for the 22-year-old to learn how tough that road would be.

“I’ve struggled mentally the last few months with doubts if I could compete at this level,” said Gartrell. “It is a boost of confidence to have placed highly again against a new field of very competitive golfers.”

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