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Maria Hjorth defends Ladies English Open title

Maria Hjorth from Sweden successfully defended her title at the KSPoker.com Ladies English Open at Chart Hills GC in Kent .

The 31-year-old from Falun fired a final round 67 (-5) for a 12-under-par total (204), and won by a shot over Finland 's Minea Blomqvist, who had a final round of 69 (-3).

Wales ' Becky Brewerton, finished joint third at ten-under with England 's Laura Davies after they both carded a pair of 70s, (-2).

Karen Stupples from England had the best score of the day with a five-under-par 66, which took her to nine-under-par for the tournament, alone in fourth position.

Sweden 's Linda Wessberg and Scotland 's Janice Moodie finished tied in sixth position at eight-under-par.  While five players tied in tenth position at six-under-par; they were Cecilia Ekelundh from Sweden (67), Patricia Meunier Lebouc from France (69), Iben Tinning from Denmark (70), England's Trish Johnson (71) and Spain's Ana Laranetta (71).

Hjorth, who finished with a final round 64 to take the lowest score for a 54-hole total at the event last year, was feeling more relaxed this time around, despite a tighter contest for the title.

"At this time last year I had been through a tough 12 months, but this year, I was feeling much more relaxed and happy with my game," said Hjorth.

"Coming down the last at twelve under, I thought I'd be in the play off and I didn't drop any shots, which was the most important thing, as it's easy to lose a tournament.

"I'm so happy to come back here to England , because there is so much support out here for women's golf and the weather turned out nice. I think this is one of the best tournaments we have."

Brewerton, who last year had three runner-up finishes on the Ladies European Tour, needed to birdie the last to force a play-off, as did Blomqvist.

But Brewerton dropped a shot at the last under pressure in front of the immense galleries while Blomqvist managed to save par.

"It's my first top ten of the season, so I'm very happy," said Brewerton.

"This has done my confidence a lot of good, especially heading into the next few weeks, with all the big tournaments ahead.

"I made a bad decision on 14 where I decided to hit an iron off the tee, but overall I'm very happy with my week and to shoot 69 on the final day, you can't complain."

Blomqvist, was also delighted with her runner up spot: "It's great to be back up there on the leader board but Maria had a great score, so I'm looking forward to defending my title next week in Hungary ," she said.

1 204(-12) Maria Hjorth Sweden 68 69 67 24,750.00

2 205(-11) Minea Blomqvist CANAL+,Fazer,Pohjola,Halti 67 69 69 16,747.50

3= 206(-10) Laura Davies England 67 69 70 10,230.00 Becky Brewerton Wales 68 68 70 10,230.00

5 207( -9) Karen Stupples England 70 71 66 6,996.00

6= 208( -8) Linda Wessberg Sweden 70 70 68 5,362.50 Janice Moodie Scotland 69 69 70 5,362.50

8= 209( -7) Lynnette Brooky Canon 70 69 70 3,910.50 Karen Margrethe Juul Denmark 69 68 72 3,910.50

10= 210( -6) Cecilia Ekelundh Solvesborgs GC, Sweden 73 70 67 2,874.30 Patricia Meunier Lebouc Lacoste, Golf Dijon Bourgogne 74 67 69 2,874.30 Iben Tinning Denmark 71 69 70 2,874.30 Trish Johnson England 68 71 71 2,874.30 Ana Larraneta LEARN2GOLF 71 68 71 2,874.30

15= 211( -5) Diana Luna Italy 70 71 70 2,347.12 Lora Fairclough England 74 66 71 2,347.12 Catriona Matthew Scotland 70 69 72 2,347.12 Lynn Kenny Brucefields/Tulloch, Scotland 69 69 73 2,347.12

19= 212( -4) Sophie Giquel Groupe St Cierge, Valence GC 71 69 72 2,128.50 Amanda Moltke-Leth Denmark 68 71 73 2,128.50 Gwladys Nocera France 70 67 75 2,128.50

22= 213( -3) Kirsty S Taylor England 73 72 68 1,930.50 Lara Tadiotto Belgium 74 70 69 1,930.50 Karen Lunn Australia 71 71 71 1,930.50 Denise Simon G.C. St.Leon-Rot/Capri-Sonne 73 69 71 1,930.50 Stefania Croce Val Degli Olmi - Follonica 69 69 75 1,930.50

27= 214( -2) Lisa Holm Sorensen Simon's Golf Club, Denmark 70 75 69 1,584.00 Federica Piovano Roma Golf Academy 73 71 70 1,584.00 Anja Monke Germany 71 72 71 1,584.00 Sophie Sandolo Luciano Barbera Golf 70 73 71 1,584.00 Carlie Butler Australia 73 69 72 1,584.00 Eleanor Pilgrim Powerade 71 68 75 1,584.00 Veronica Zorzi Par 72 Golf Italy 69 70 75 1,584.00 Kirsty Taylor England 69 69 76 1,584.00 Rebecca Coakley Team Ireland Golf 68 68 78 1,584.00

36= 215( -1) Tullia Calzavara Italy 73 72 70 1,311.75 Virginie Auffret France 68 74 73 1,311.75

38= 216(LVL) Riikka Hakkarainen Finnair, Skandia, E.On 71 73 72 1,027.95 Maria Boden Sweden 71 73 72 1,027.95 Joanne Mills Australia 72 71 73 1,027.95 Helena Svensson Lagans Golf Club Sweden 70 73 73 1,027.95 Rachel Bell (Am) England 72 71 73 * Amateur * Elisa Serramia FCG/Gedas/Hesperia 72 70 74 1,027.95 Anne-Marie Knight Renmark Golf & CC/Wilson Staff 68 74 74 1,027.95 Martina Eberl Golfclub Woerthsee 72 68 76 1,027.95 Barbara Paruscio Par72/G.Bergamo/Sinapsi/Rothen 69 71 76 1,027.95

49= 217( +1) Katie Bakken USA 65 74 78 808.50 Ursula Wikstrom Finland 70 67 80 808.50

51= 218( +2) Christina Kuld Denmark 73 72 73 742.50 Nienke Nijenhuis The Netherlands 70 73 75 742.50

53= 219( +3) Louise Kenney (Am) Scotland 71 74 74 * Amateur * Alison Munt Australia 73 72 74 643.50 Ana B Sanchez Spain 71 74 74 643.50 Virginie Lagoutte Aix les Bains 73 71 75 643.50 Margherita Rigon Golf Castelfranco,RA-REFlowers 73 70 76 643.50

58 220( +4) Sara Clinton England 75 70 75 561.00

59 221( +5) Mette Hageman The Netherlands 71 74 76 544.50

60= 222( +6) Asa Gottmo Sweden 72 73 77 519.75 Sara Jelander Sweden 71 74 77 519.75

62 224( +8) Jenni Kuosa Espoo Golf Club, Finland 73 72 79 495.00

63= 146( +2) Laurette Maritz Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines/SA 72 74 * 0.00 Marine Monnet-Melocco Saint-Nom-la-Breteche 73 73 * 0.00 Nicola Moult Apollo Adhesives 68 78 * 0.00 Nina Karlsson Sweden 74 72 * 0.00 Carina Vagner Denmark 73 73 * 0.00

68= 147( +3) Georgina Simpson Eng/Chamberlains International 76 71 * 0.00 Anne Wheble (Am) England 74 73 * * Amateur * Joanne Oliver Quindell Golf & Country Club 73 74 * 0.00 Marlene Hedblom Peak Performance 77 70 * 0.00 Laura Cabanillas Spain 74 73 * 0.00 Ludivine Kreutz Havas Sport & Lacoste 73 74 * 0.00

74= 148( +4) Natascha Fink Telekom Austria, GC Murhof 71 77 * 0.00 Valerie Michaud France 75 73 * 0.00 Marta Prieto Spain 72 76 * 0.00 Sandra Carlborg Alingsas GK, Sweden 76 72 * 0.00 Kerry Knowles Wentworth Golf Club-England 74 74 * 0.00 Sarah Heath Oakley 74 74 * 0.00 Monica Cosenza San

Domenico Golf, Par 72 69 79 * 0.00

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