Date: July 21, 2008

Eberl storms to victory

German Martina Eberl has stormed home to take out the Italian open by a commanding five-stroke margin. Eberl fired a two-under-par final round of 69 to finish on nine-under 275 for the tournament, well clear of her nearest opponent Carmen Alonso (four-under) who finished outright second. Eberl&aposs fourth round consisted of four birdies and two bogeys as she went on to pocket the $AU 122,940 first prize. Alonso rocketed up the leaderboard on the final day with a five-under par effort, which included seven birdies in the space of nine holes between the 8th and the 16th, but Eberl was well out of reach. Swede Maria Hjorth, Welshwoman Becky Brewerton and Dane Lisa Holm Sorensen all finished equal third a shot further back from Alonso on three-under. It wasn&apost the most memorable of tournaments from an Australian perspective with Joanne Mills ending 16 shots off the pace in a share of 30th spot on seven-over while Dana Lacey (12-over) and Karen Lunn (17-over) finished well out of contention.