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Ana Paula Valdes Captures Women’s Porter Cup

Ana Paula Valdes of Mexico surged to the Women’s Porter Cup title with a final-round 65 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Trailing second-round leader Christina Foster of Canada by two entering Friday, Valdes, a soon-to-be senior in high school from Morelia, Mexico, shot into the lead with the lowest round of the tournament. With Foster finishing with 68 in round three, Valdes’ victory came by just a single stroke.

The tournament featured a strong showing from Canadian ladies, as following Foster’s second place finish came Quebec native Josee Doyon, the first-round leader who placed third. Next was a tied-for-fourth place display from former NC State golfer Brittany Marchand of Ontario and a sixth-place finish from Jennifer Ha of Calgary.

Doyon, a senior at Kent State University, opened with 68 on Wednesday to lead by two and closed out the tournament with rounds of 72 and 71.

This was the third annual running of the event, which is the sister tournament to the Men’s Porter Cup, held each year since 1959. Casie Cathrea captured the inaugural event back in 2013, while Canadian superstar Brooke Henderson was the champion in 2014.

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