Australian Sarah Kemp finished in share of sixth position, while Thailand s Ariya Jutanugarn secured her first professional title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Agadir. Kemp, who started the final round in a tie for eighth, posted a bogey free final round of two-under-par, 69 to finish at six-under-par total. Kemp couldn’t really get any momentum going with 10 straight pars, she then birdied the par 5 11th to move to five-under, before posting another birdie on the 13th. But the day belonged to the 17-year-old rookie from Bangkok, who won the LET s Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakech in December, again displayed her remarkable talent when she came from a stroke behind overnight leader England s Charley Hull to earn a three stroke victory with rounds of 69, 67, 67 and 67 for a 14 under par total at the par-71 Golf de l Ocean. This was only her fourth start on the LET since winning the LET s Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakech in December backing up her status of one of the new generation of superstars in women’s golf. Prior to her victory she had also finished second earlier this year to Inbee Park at the Honda LPGA Thailand and fourth at the HSBC Champions in Singapore. After winning, Jutanugarn said: I played very good today on the front nine and on the second nine, the par-five, it got really exciting because there was only one shot lead. I have experience from my last one and that made me a little bit nervous. Yesterday my putting was not very good but the front nine made me confident with my putting. The 15th hole, I was really scared with my driver because in the practice round I didn t hit my driver well, so when I hit to the left, I thought, a bogey is fine, but I had seven! American Beth Allen (68) and Hull (71) finished joint second three shots back at 11-under-par, with American Katie Burnett outright third a further shot back. Swede Mikaela Parmlid rounded out the top 5. ACT s Nikki Campbell posted a 69 to finish at three-under-par and tied for 16th, while defending champion, NSW s Karen Lunn, moved up the leaderboard with a fine final round of 68 to finish at one-under-par and tied for 18th position. The next event on the LET is the South African Women’s Open which gets underway on the 19th April.
Author: Australian Ladies Professional Golf