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Lisa Hall wins after marathon playoff

England's Lisa Hall defeated France's Gwladys Nocera in an eight-hole play-off to claim her second Ladies European Tour victory in the Northern Ireland Ladies Open on Sunday.

Both Nocera and Hall finished regulation play tied on two-under-par after they both carded one-under-par 71s in the final round at Hilton Templepatrick GC.

After playing the 470-yard par-five 18th -hole six extra times in pouring rain, they then played the 381-yard par-four first-hole, followed by the 18th again.

At the eighth extra hole, Nocera, a three-time winner on the LET last year, hit her second shot into the water hazard on the left side of the fairway. She remained in the hazard after hitting her third shot and took three more to get down, resulting in a bogey. It was then left to Hall to roll in a four-foot birdie putt for victory in what was one of the longest play-offs in the recent history of the LET.

A water drenched Hall said: “I'm absolutely delighted. The Guinness is on me!”

She attributed her victory to hard work and the help of her husband, Martin Hall, who is also her long-time golf coach. Hall also coaches US Tour star Morgan Pressel.

“I think this is the first tournament where Martin has seen me win and that means everything to me,” said Hall. “I mean this has been our journey together for 25 years and for him to be here to see me win is an absolutely fantastic feeling. And the fact that my caddy has chicken pox as well!” Hall's caddy is former European Tour and LPGA Tour player Mardi Lunn of Australia.

Hall, 39, from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, quit golf in 2005 but came back for the 2006 Swiss Open, where she finished third and then played ten tournaments last season. “I enjoy playing and I felt like I could still play well. To win is a big thrill,” she said.

“Martin's been my teacher forever so it was great him being here and we put in a lot of work at the beginning of the week. My chipping has been a little bit better and I played a lot better this week than over the last few weeks.”

Prior to her victory Hall had made two of six cuts this season, with her best finish a tie for 30 th place in the Tenerife Ladies Open. She is now taking a week off but will return to action in a fortnights' time for the Catalonia Ladies Masters.

She earned a first prize of €30,000, which took her to 10th place on the New Star Money List, and she earned 40 Solheim Cup points, leaving her in 11th place on the 2007 European Solheim Cup standings.

At the end of the tournament, six players shared third position on one-under-par and they were: Becky Brewerton of Wales (69), England's Felicity Johnson (70), South Africa's Laurette Maritz (71), Australia's Sarah Kemp (71) and Joanne Mills (73) and Spain's Tania Elosegui (71). Kirsty S Taylor of England had the best round of the tournament, a five-under 67, and she shared ninth place with compatriot Samantha Head (72) on level par after 54 holes.

Northern Ireland Ladies Open Final scores:

214  - Lisa Hall (ENG) 74 69 71 (won with a birdie at the eighth extra hole)

214  - Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 75 68 71

215  - Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 74 69, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 73 72 70, Laurette Maritz (SA) 73 71 71, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 71 73 71, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 73 71 71, Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 70 73

216  - Kirsty S Taylor (ENG) 77 72 67, Samantha Head (ENG) 73 71 72

217  - Martina Eberl (GER) 75 71 71, Helena Alterby (SWE) 72 73 72

218  - Kris Lindstrom (USA) 73 72 73, Sophie Walker (ENG) 75 69 74, Lora Fairclough (ENG) 75 68 75, Nicole Gergely (AUT) 74 68 76, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 72 69 77

219  - Leah Hart (AUS) 71 76 72, Lynn Brooky (NZ) 75 71 73

220  - Asa Gottmo (SWE) 77 74 69, Rikke Rasmussen (DEN) 76 73 71, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 73 76 71, Danielle Masters (ENG) 73 74 73, Ashleigh Simon (SA) 71 76 73, Tamara Hyett (AUS) 74 71 75, Sara Beautell (ESP) 72 71 77, Libby Smith (USA) 71 72 77

221  - Sarah Nicholson (NZ) 76 74 71, Stefania Croce (ITA) 74 75 72, Louise Stahle (SWE) 73 76 72, Anna Temple (USA) 74 75 72

222  - Marina Arruti (ESP) 73 76 73, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 74 74 74, Nora Angehrn (SWI) 69 75 78, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 71 73 78

223  - Kristie Newton (AUS) 72 77 74, Shani Waugh (AUS) 75 73 75, Claire Coughlan (IRE) 75 73 75, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 73 73 77, Kirsty Taylor (ENG) 72 73 78

224  - Christine Hallstrom (SWE) 77 74 73, Suzanne Dickens (ENG) 78 73 73, Trish Johnson (ENG) 75 75 74, Emma Zackrisson (SWE) 76 74 74, Elin Ohlsson (SWE) 75 73 76, Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 75 72 77, Anna Rawson (AUS) 75 72 77, Natalie Claire Booth (ENG) 73 73 78

225  - Elisabeth Esterl (GER) 75 76 74, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 78 73 74, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 76 74 75, Karen-Margrethe Juul (DEN) 78 72 75, Rebecca Coakley (IRE) 74 76 75, Elizabeth McKinnon (NZ) 72 72 81

226  - Clare Queen (SCO) 76 75 75, Martina Gillen (IRE) 78 73 75, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 78 73 75, Stefanie Michl (AUT) 72 77 77

227  - Laura Terebey (USA) 77 74 76, Lill Kristin Saether (NOR) 74 77 76, Karen Lunn (AUS) 77 74 76, Federica Piovano (ITA) 74 76 77, Lynn Kenny (SCO) 73 76 78

228  - Katy Jarochowicz (AUS) 74 76 78

230  - Anna Knutsson (SWE) 75 76 79, Danielle McVeigh (Am) (IRE) 72 78 80

231  - Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 76 75 80, Fame More (ENG) 78 73 80, Patricia Beliard (FRA) 71 78 82

 




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