American Beth Allen wins the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.
Beth ended long wait for a maiden Ladies European Tour title, a final round -5 under par 67 giving her a winning total of -12 under par, and a one shot victory at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She said caddie Sophie Gustafson kept her in control;
“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”
“I’m so happy.”
“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012.”
“I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart-broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.”
“I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”
“I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen.”
The worlds leading amateur player, Leona McGuire, from Ireland, claimed second place, finishing with a -3 under par 69, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par, and the result was so pleasing for her and caddie Dad;
“I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from.”
“I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day.”
“Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”
Thai Nontaya Srisawang was in third place, a final round even par 72 keeping her total at -10 under par, where she had started the day, but she was really satisfied to finish in the top three;
“I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position.”
“I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”
Dame Laura Davies shot up the leaderboard, making a hole in one at the 171 yard par 3 seventh, using an eight iron, finishing the day T7 at -8 under par.