Date: January 26, 2014
Author: ALPG

Klatten fires course record to win NSW Open

Frenchwoman Joanna Klatten fired a dazzling course record nine-under-par 63 closing round to win the Bing Lee Fujitsu General Women&aposs NSW Open by three strokes. The 28-year-old, who finished at 16-under-par, made nine birdies in a flawless display around on the Oatlands golf course to triumph from Canberra&aposs Nikki Campbell (66) with England&aposs Hannah Burke (68) and South Australian Stephanie Na (70) a shot further back in a tie for third. Klatten opened strongly with five birdies on the front nine and also finished the victory in style with birdies at the 17th and 18th holes. It was her second professional victory and both have come in Australia, the other at the 2012 Victorian Women&aposs Open. Klatten&aposs triumph followed a good season on the Ladies European Tour where she was 13th on the money list last year and had three top-10 finishes. When asked about her round today, she responded, It was fantastic, I have to say it was one of my best rounds of golf, ever. I have shot nine-under before as an amateur but this one felt like I was in perfect control of my game and my emotions, so I am extremely happy. I just played really great from tee to green, putted well, chipped well, hit almost every fairway in regulation. Klatten always likes to set herself a goal and if she finishes in the top three she treats herself to something. She certainly achieved that goal and will now be treating herself to dinner at her favourite restaurant in Sydney Monday night, Summer Salt in Cronulla. This is Klatten third win this year, as she won the first two Club Car Series pro-am events in Yamba and Antill Park. Klatten now heads to New Zealand for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. For Campbell, a final round of 66 wasn t enough to secure a second ALPG victory but she very pleased with her week. It was really good, that was the best finish I have had in this tournament, so I was pretty happy with how I played all week, it was steady, second was a good finish. Minjee Lee took home the leading amateur medal, the current Australian Amateur champion finished at 11-under-par and tied for 5th. Lindsey Wright, who was the overnight co-leader with Na, finished in a share of fifth place with Kristie Smith (70) and Lee. Crowd favourite Laura Davies finished 19th at five-under-par.