JODI Ewart made a successful start to her pro career when she finished tied fifth in the $110,000 Ladies Titan Tire Challenge at Cedar Rapids in Iowa.
The 22-year-old, from Catterick, shared the lead in the tournament for the first two rounds and was still tied for the top spot with nine holes to play on her debut on the US Duramed Futures Tour.
But as eventual winner Christine Song pulled away, with four birdies on the back nine, the Yorkshire golfer dropped back with four bogeys, including one on each of the last three holes and she ended the tournament on three-under par (68 70 75) while Song was 11-under (69 69 67).
“I played very similar to yesterday on the front nine,” said Jodi, who passed up the chance of further Curtis Cup honours to make her professional debut.
“I wasn’t nervous, but I just made terrible shots on the back nine.
“I couldn’t get anything to drop all day. I was very disappointed that I bogeyed the last three holes, but overall it’s good.”
Jodi, who won $3,132, (£2,102) is aiming to finish in the top 10 by the end of the season and win her card for the 2011 LPGA Tour.
Before turning professional recently, Jodi was one of England’s top amateurs. She won the English strokeplay championship twice, was an England international and a Curtis Cup player. She was ranked fourth in US college golf at the end of her four years at the University of New Mexico, where she was lauded as one of the best players the university has had.