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Alicia Dibos won the Judson Invitational at the Country Club of Roswell July 17 and secures a spot in the Legends Tour. RICK SHARP/Staff. (click for larger version)
July 26, 2012ROSWELL, Ga. Peruvian native Alicia Dibos has knocked on the door many times in recent years at Legends Tour events across the nation. She finally got an answer July 17 at the inaugural Judson Invitational held at the Country Club of Roswell in Roswell.
Hosted by LPGA legend Rosie Jones and featuring a field of 30 legends, including six Hall of Fame members, this one-day event boasted one of the most competitive rosters in the tour's 11 seasons.
Dibos fired a 68 to take the winner's check of $15,000 and a special ceramic trophy designed in honor of tournament sponsors Dean and Lauren Judson's late mother.
"It was a great field," said Dibos. "So for me to be on top of this field at the end of the day is a feeling I can't describe. I'm thrilled to have won, and I will be honored to tee it up at the next event as a winner on the Legends Tour."
Runner-up Sherri Steinhauer finished 2 under. Rosie Jones took solo third with a round of 70 on the par 71 course.
In 12 Legends Tour events, Dibos has finished in the top 10 eight times.
"This was the first time I really didn't want to look at the board, because I didn't want to get nervous," said Dibos. "When I finished with a great 4 on my final hole, I looked at the board and saw that I was on top."
She said she still felt threatened by Jones who had a shot at eagle on the final hole to tie her, but Jones was 100 yards out and knocked her wedge to 12 feet, falling short.
"Not until Rosie made her par did I finally believe it," Dibos said.