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Lagoutte wins play off to clinch maiden Tour title

France 's Virginie Lagoutte claimed her maiden Tour victory today in the €165,000 KLM Ladies Open at Kennemer G&CC, after defeating Wales ' Eleanor Pilgrim at the second extra hole.

Both Lagoutte and Pilgrim tied with scores of one under par 215 after 54 holes. Lagoutte carded rounds of 73, 75 and 67 to claim the €24,750 in prize winnings, while Pilgrim recorded 74, 70, 71.

Pilgrim had a two shot lead with three holes to play and looked safely within reach of the title until she dropped two shots at the final two holes, like the French woman playing four groups ahead of her, to force a play-off.

The four players tied for third place at one over par included Sweden's Sara Jelander, who carded a final round 66, France's Marine Monet Melocco, who had a 68 with the help of her caddy and ex-LET professional Marie Laure de Lorenzi, Amanda Molke Leth from Denmark, who had a 69 and England's Lora Fairclough, who had a level par 72.

Lagoutte began the day four shots off the lead but the 26 year old from le Grau de Roi near Montpellier made the early running with birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and ninth holes to turn in 32. She then picked up shots at the 10 th , 12 th and 16 th holes and only back peddled at the 17 th and 18 th , where she chipped and two putted.

Pilgrim, who birdied the 6 th , 8 th and 10 th holes, dropped her first shot at the par-3 17 th after her tee shot found the greenside bunker and she failed to get up and down. Then at the par-4 18 th hole she pushed her tee shot into the rough, laid up short and chipped and two putted for bogey.

In the play off she made the same mistake at the second extra hole with Lagoutte safely on the green in two, 15 feet away. When she failed to get up and down Lagoutte two putted for her par to seal the victory.

"It's a huge surprise for me," said Lagoutte, whose boyfriend Sebastian acted as her caddy.

"I played very well today despite not such a great start to the week."

"I was disappointed to finish with two bogeys as I thought that was it for me but I concentrated in the play off and this is a dream come true."

Lagoutte, who represents Aix-en-Provence GC and is coached by Benoit Ducoulombier, becomes the fourth French winner of the Dutch event, after Valerie Michaud won in 1992. Marie Laure de Lorezi won in both 1988 and 1995 and Icher beat Suzann Pettersen in a play off here in the Mexx Sport Open in 2001.

The tournament also marked the retirement from tournament golf of ex-LET Chairman Mette Hageman and her Dutch compatriot Judith Van Hagen.

 

215  - Virginie Lagoutte (FRA) 73 75 67

215  - Eleanor Pilgrim (WAL) 74 70 71

217  - Sara Jelander (SWE) 76 75 66, Marine Monnet-Melocco (FRA) 76 73 68, Amanda Moltke-Leth (DEN) 74 74 69, Lora Fairclough (ENG) 79 66 72

218  - Sophie Giquel (FRA) 77 70 71

219  - Tullia Calzavara (ITA) 79 70 70, Alison Munt (AUS) 76 73 70, Riikka Hakkarainen (FIN) 74 74 71

220  - Kirsty Taylor (ENG) 75 77 68, Trish Johnson (ENG) 76 72 72, Elisa Serramia (ESP) 78 68 74

221  - Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 76 74 71, Ana Larraneta (ESP) 75 75 71, Asa Gottmo (SWE) 76 73 72, Sandra Carlborg (SWE) 76 72 73, Susan Parry (USA) 76 69 76

222  - Linda Wessberg (SWE) 79 73 70, Denise Simon (GER) 75 75 72, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 77 73 72, Elizabeth McKinnon (NZ) 72 76 74, Wendy Dicks (ENG) 74 72 76

223  - Nienke Nijenhuis (NL) 74 72 77

224  - Valerie Michaud (FRA) 76 78 70, Elin Ohlsson (SWE) 74 76 74, Karen Lunn (AUS) 75 75 74, Carina Vagner (DEN) 75 74 75, Kirsty J Fisher (ENG) 75 73 76

225  - Lynn Kenny (SCO) 83 71 71, Cherie Byrnes (AUS) 78 76 71, Julie Forbes (SCO) 77 74 74, Anja Monke (GER) 78 73 74, Laurette Maritz (SA) 75 75 75

226  - Nora Angehrn (SWI) 79 75 72, Stefania Croce (ITA) 83 69 74, Mianne Bagger (DEN) 75 76 75, Pia Koivuranta (FIN) 78 73 75, Karin Borjeskog (SWE) 79 68 79

227  - Shelley McKevitt (ENG) 81 74 72, Maria Beautell (ESP) 85 70 72, Olof Maria Jonsdottir (ICE) 79 75 73, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 80 74 73, Virginie Auffret (FRA) 80 73 74, Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) 81 72 74

228  - Cecilia Ekelundh (SWE) 81 73 74, Christina Kuld (DEN) 80 74 74, Suzanne Dickens (ENG) 77 75 76, Josefine Skold (SWE) 81 71 76

229  - Natascha Fink (AUT) 78 75 76

230  - Nathalie David-Mila (FRA) 79 76 75, Marjet van der Graaf (Am) (NL) 82 73 75, Judith Van Hagen (NL) 79 75 76, Isabella Maconi (ITA) 81 72 77

231  - Antonella Cvitan (SWE) 75 78 78, Jessica Lindbergh (SWE) 78 75 78, Lisa Jean (AUS) 80 72 79

232  - Sarah Douglass (AUS) 80 73 79, Simone Morgan (ENG) 74 73 85

233  - Emma Zackrisson (SWE) 77 78 78, Kerry Knowles (ENG) 76 76 81

 

 

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