Date: June 08, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Kim wins maiden title

In-Kyung Kim fired a final-round 65 to win the State Farm Classic by a shot. Following three previous top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour in 2009, the South Korean claimed a first victory after coming from two strokes down at the start of the fourth round. Kim claimed eight birdies and her card was sullied by just a solitary bogey at No.7. Compatriot Se Ri Pak came up a shot short of Kim&aposs 17-under-par total of 271, with a group of three players – Hee-Won Han, Jee Young Lee and Angela Stanford – a stroke further back at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois. Meanwhile, Tania Elosegui overcame a two-stroke deficit to win the ABN AMRO Ladies Open at Eindhovensche Golf Club in Holland. A final-round 69 gave Elosegui a nine-under-par total, one clear of Italy&aposs Diana Luna. Norway&aposs Marianne Skarpnord was third, two shots back. The victory was the 27-year-old Spaniard&aposs first on the Ladies European Tour and followed five previous runner-up finishes. “I feel very, very happy because five times I&aposve finished second already,” she said. Elosegui clinched the win by nailing a two-and-a-half metre birdie putt on the last hole, and she admitted: “Once she (Luna) holed her putt I told myself, &aposYou have to hole this: you&aposre not going to finish second again&apos.” Luna, who led through 36 holes, carded a final-round 72 and was tied with Elosegui after 53 holes, but she hit her second shot into a bunker on 18. Despite an excellent recovery shot, the Italian was forced to settle for second. Skarpnord, the recent Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open champion, was five shots back coming into the final round but just came up short after a strong round. Welsh star Becky Brewerton, who was tied for 16th place overnight, carded a 66 which tied for the best score of the day with England&aposs Rebecca Hudson. Brewerton shared fourth place with Iben Tinning from Denmark.