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Round 4 - Larsen battles elements to clinch first LET victory

September 06, 2015
Nicole Broch Larsen, 2015 Helsingborg Open

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen held on to clinch her first Ladies European Tour victory in the Helsingborg Open at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

Four in front overnight, the second year LET player closed with a two over par 75 in tough and windy conditions to end 12 under and one stroke clear of South African Ashleigh Simon, with fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen a shot further behind in third.

After three birdies in her first six holes, Broch Larsen held a commanding seven stroke lead, but the back nine was full of drama.

Her advantage began to slip from the 10th, where there was a two stroke swing and she bogeyed while Simon birdied, but the powerful Dane recovered by making a long birdie putt on the 11th green.

Simon responded by picking up a shot at the 12th, but it was the par-4 13th where Broch Larsen opened the door with a double bogey after driving her ball right into water. She three putted the 17th and was only two strokes clear with a hole to play.

On 18, Simon nearly holed her bunker shot for birdie but a tap-in bogey from Broch Larsen was just enough to seal the first prize of 37,500 euros and a wire to wire victory.

“It was close. I got very nervous in the end,” said the 22-year-old from Hillerød. “I played well at the start but the double bogey set me back. On the last four or five holes I was very nervous because I didn’t get into the flow today.”

The win made up for the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on victory in Pilsen three weeks ago and Broch Larsen added: “This win couldn’t come at a better place, here in Sweden with a lot of guys from home and after my second place in the Czech Republic, it’s just amazing.”

She has now earned a place in next week’s Evian Championship, which is the final Major of the year.

Simon’s 72, in winds gusting 35 miles per hour, was impressive and she said: “It was really tough out there today. I just ground it out, was really happy to shoot under par. The last few holes were particularly tough, playing really long. I hit two 3-woods and my short game, I hit some really good chips coming down the last few holes to save me so I’m happy with the score.

“I knew I had to stay patient. I had done this before and I knew there were tough holes coming in. I just barely lipped out for birdie on my 17th and then I thought maybe the one on 18 would keep rolling in but it wasn’t meant to be and Nicole played really good the last three days.”

There was even more reason for the Danes to celebrate with two representatives on the podium and Jorgensen was equally delighted with her 71. She said: “I’m very happy with the way I played, especially after my first round 74, because I didn’t think I’d be here. I’m really good friends with Nicole and we travel a lot together so I’m really pleased for her.”

Round 3 - Larsen takes 4 stroke lead into final

September 05, 2015
Nicole Broch Larsen, R3 2015 Helsingborg Open

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen shot a solid third round of five under par 68 to go four strokes clear heading into the final round of the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

Playing in heavy rain, the 27-year-old from Hillerød fired four birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the closing hole at Vasatorps Golf Club.

The only player in the tournament to have shot three rounds in the 60s, she is now at 14 under par and four ahead of South African Ashleigh Simon. Denmark’s Malene Jorgensen lies in third two shots further back, with England’s Felicity Johnson in fourth, but Broch Larsen is the woman to beat as she chases her first Ladies European Tour victory.

“I played very well today and make few mistakes and when I did I fought back,” said Broch Larsen, who won twice on the Ladies European Tour Access Series in 2013 prior to her rookie year on the LET in 2014.

The highlight of her round came on the par-5 16th, where she hit driver, 3-wood to three metres from the flag and made the putt for eagle. Her only dropped shot was on the par-4 18th when she found the right greenside bunker with her approach shot and failed to save par.

“Today I could putt on three of the par fives so it was nice to hit it long and reach the par fives. It’s really nice that I kept it going and I’m in the lead so tomorrow is going to be exciting. I don’t know what I have to shoot but I’ll make a number and go for it,” Broch Larsen added.

Simon, who had fired an eight under 65 on Friday, followed up with a two under 71 containing three birdies and a bogey, also on the 18th.

05/09/2015. Ladies European Tour 2015. Helsingborg Open, Vasatorps Golf Club, Helsingborg, Sweden. September 3-6. Ashleigh Simon of South Africa during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones

The two-time Ladies European Tour winner said: “I hit it good today and didn’t hole as many putts as yesterday but that’s kind of what happens when you have nine birdies in a round. I’m still happy with the way I played. I didn’t hit it too good the last three holes but I’m only four behind and Nicole played great so it was good to feed off each other.

“We don’t know what the weather’s going to do tomorrow. Nicole’s had three really good rounds and she’s playing really consistent so I’m going to need a good low one to try and beat her.”

Broch Larsen, who narrowly missed out on winning the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic three weeks ago now has a second chance to join the LET winner’s circle and book her place in next week’s Evian Championship in France, which is the final Major of the year.

Round 2 - Larsen hangs on to lead in Helsingborg

September 04, 2015
Nicole Broch Larsen, R2 2015 Helsingborg Open

Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark shot a second round of four under par 69 to keep her lead at halfway in the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

At nine under par, the second year Ladies European Tour member from Hillerød leads by one over South African Ashleigh Simon, who had a sensational 65 on day two at Vasatorps Golf Club.

Broch Larsen lost her lead with a one over par front nine but stormed home with five birdies. She said: “This is where I want to be.”

“Today I had a bit of a bad start. My front nine was not as good as I wanted but on the back nine I made a couple of birdies in a row and just kept going.

“I’m a long hitter, so I had some short irons into some of the par fives, but then I missed some of the fairways as well and didn’t get up and down. On the back nine, I hit it close and got the putter going so it was nice to bounce back that way.”

Simon reeled off nine birdies in an eight under par 65, completing her round in near darkness after an early morning weather delay due to the threat of electrical storms.

“I’m really chuffed. I got off to a really good start, three birdies in a row, lipped out on my fourth and then holed a really nice putt from off the green on the par-3 14th. Unfortunately I bogeyed the 18th, which was my ninth, but nine was in my head and I nearly got to it,” said the two-time Ladies European Tour champion, 28, from Johannesburg.

“I putted really well today, hit some nice shots and just converted them. I found something this week and worked on it over the phone with my coach, Doug Wood. My grip had got quite strong, so I weakened that a little bit. I’d been hitting it left the last few weeks and was just getting it around.”

Swedish rookie professional Lina Boqvist, who tied for third at the recent Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic, lies in third on seven under par, with Katie Burnett of the United States a stroke back in fourth.

Joanna Klatten, Marianne Skarpnord, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Olivia Cowan, Liz Young and Marta Sanz Barrio share fifth at five under par.

However, local star Caroline Hedwall, a captain’s pick for this month’s Solheim Cup in Germany, added a 75 to her opening 76 to miss the cut by four shots with a 36-hole total of five over par.

Round 1 - Larsen takes opening lead in Sweden

September 03, 2015
Nicole Broch Larsen, R1 2015 Helsingborg Open

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen opened with a five under par 68 at Vasatorps Golf Club to take a one stroke lead over compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

The 22-year-old from Hillerød compiled eight birdies including four in five holes from the 13th and three bogeys in fine conditions on Thursday morning.

The second Ladies European Tour player now feels ready to make amends for her heartbreak loss to Hannah Burke at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen three weeks ago.

The former LET Access Series player said: “I really like the course and I feel good and I think I have something to show people after the last tournament in the Czech Republic. I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to get here and be in contention again so it’s nice that it worked today. I’m trying to keep it up for the next three days.”

Broch Larsen and her fellow Danish players benefited from a practice session at Vasatorps Golf Club in April and Koerstz Madsen, the LET’s leading Rookie, has already played at the course four times.

The 20-year-old from Smørum, just an hour and ten minutes away across the Danish border, has some Major goals, as she hopes to win the tournament to qualify for next week’s Evian Championship in France.

She said: “I had a rough start as I hit a tree and it was almost a lost ball but we found it. It was a bit of a nervous start but then I calmed down. I think I have too many expectations for myself. It’s an important tournament for me and I have a lot of people I know here, watching. I want to have a good event.”

Two-time LET tournament winner Walker, who played in the afternoon, said: “I just played solid and hit my irons well so I gave myself plenty of chances. It was tough conditions when the rain came down and it was quite windy, so I was happy with how I played.”

Sharing third place on three under par 70 are Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg, England’s Charlotte Thompson, Scotland’s Kylie Walker and the recent ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion Beth Allen from the United States of America.

Lindberg, the top ranked player in the tournament, said: “I maybe could have wished for a shot or two better because I was four under making the turn. If someone offered me a three under this morning I would have taken it.”

The defending champion Dewi-Claire Schreefel and Dame Laura Davies were part of a group of 11 players in a tie for seventh place on two under par.

Local star Caroline Hedwall, who will represent Europe in The Solheim Cup in Germany in a fortnight, had a three over par 76 which included two double bogeys on the seventh and 18th holes. She is eight shots off the pace and will have work to do to make the cut and play at the weekend.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 68 69 68 75 -12 280 € 37,500.00
2 Ashleigh SIMON 73 65 71 72 -11 281 € 22,500.00
3 Malene JORGENSEN 74 68 69 71 -10 282 € 15,000.00
4 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 69 72 73 73 -5 287 € 10,125.00
4 Joanna KLATTEN 71 70 72 74 -5 287 € 10,125.00
6 Camilla LENNARTH 72 74 68 74 -4 288 € 6,750.00
6 Pernilla LINDBERG 70 74 72 72 -4 288 € 6,750.00
6 Maria MCBRIDE 73 72 69 74 -4 288 € 6,750.00
6 Felicity JOHNSON 72 70 70 76 -4 288 € 6,750.00
10 Lynn CARLSSON 75 70 71 73 -3 289 € 5,625.00
10 Marianne SKARPNORD 74 67 73 75 -3 289 € 5,625.00
12 Ursula WIKSTROM 73 71 72 74 -2 290 € 4,645.83
12 Charlotte ELLIS 71 71 74 74 -2 290 € 4,645.83
12 Olivia COWAN 72 69 73 76 -2 290 € 4,645.83
12 Anne VAN DAM 75 72 68 75 -2 290 € 4,645.83
12 Klara SPILKOVA 73 72 73 72 -2 290 € 4,645.83
12 Giulia SERGAS 73 70 74 73 -2 290 € 4,645.83
18 Hannah BURKE 74 68 72 77 -1 291 € 3,875.00
18 Katie BURNETT 71 69 75 76 -1 291 € 3,875.00
18 Rebecca ARTIS 73 73 68 77 -1 291 € 3,875.00
21 Minea BLOMQVIST 74 72 72 74 E 292 € 3,375.00
21 Lina BOQVIST 71 68 78 75 E 292 € 3,375.00
21 Beth ALLEN 70 72 73 77 E 292 € 3,375.00
21 Kylie WALKER 70 74 71 77 E 292 € 3,375.00
21 Ssu-Chia CHENG 71 73 73 75 E 292 € 3,375.00
26 Nina MUEHL 73 70 76 74 1 293 € 2,670.00
26 Sally WATSON 73 73 74 73 1 293 € 2,670.00
26 Melissa EATON 74 73 71 75 1 293 € 2,670.00
26 Dewi Claire SCHREEFEL 71 72 72 78 1 293 € 2,670.00
26 Georgia HALL 74 71 76 72 1 293 € 2,670.00
31 Louise FRIBERG 75 68 76 75 2 294 € 2,325.00
31 Noora TAMMINEN 72 71 72 79 2 294 € 2,325.00
31 Rebecca SORENSEN 73 72 72 77 2 294 € 2,325.00
34 Rebecca HUDSON 72 75 75 73 3 295 € 2,175.00
35 Sophia POPOV 76 71 73 77 5 297 € 1,912.50
35 Daisy NIELSEN 73 74 74 76 5 297 € 1,912.50
35 Linda HENRIKSSON 72 72 75 78 5 297 € 1,912.50
35 Miriam NAGL 72 75 73 77 5 297 € 1,912.50
35 Whitney HILLIER 74 70 76 77 5 297 € 1,912.50
35 Laura MURRAY 75 72 76 74 5 297 € 1,912.50
41 Lien WILLEMS 76 71 73 78 6 298 € 1,558.33
41 Liz YOUNG 73 68 75 82 6 298 € 1,558.33
41 Marta SANZ BARRIO 71 70 77 80 6 298 € 1,558.33
44 Laura DAVIES 71 72 76 80 7 299 € 1,450.00
45 Laura JANSONE 73 74 76 77 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Valentine DERREY 74 73 75 78 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Emma WESTIN 76 69 78 77 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Vikki LAING 74 73 75 78 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Chloe LEURQUIN 73 74 75 78 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Stacey KEATING 75 69 75 81 8 300 € 1,250.00
45 Lorie KANE 75 72 74 79 8 300 € 1,250.00
52 Christine WOLF 74 73 71 83 9 301 € 975.00
52 Eleanor GIVENS 76 71 75 79 9 301 € 975.00
52 Melanie MAETZLER 71 76 73 81 9 301 € 975.00
52 Holly AITCHISON 76 71 78 76 9 301 € 975.00
56 Florentyna PARKER 73 73 75 81 10 302 € 837.50
56 Madelene SAGSTROM 71 74 73 84 10 302 € 837.50
58 Lauren TAYLOR 74 73 78 79 12 304 € 800.00
59 Sophie WALKER 73 72 83 77 13 305 € 762.50
59 Laurette MARITZ 71 74 79 81 13 305 € 762.50
61 Marie FOURQUIER 75 70 85 76 14 306 € 725.00
62 Charlotte THOMPSON 70 75 81 83 17 309 € 700.00
CUT
63 Rebecca CODD 74 74 2 148
63 Fabienne IN-ALBON 75 73 2 148
63 Bonita BREDENHANN 73 75 2 148
63 Amber RATCLIFFE 76 72 2 148
63 Connie CHEN 72 76 2 148
63 Emma HENRIKSON 76 72 2 148
63 Pamela PRETSWELL 75 73 2 148
63 Jade SCHAEFFER 75 73 2 148
63 Nina HOLLEDER 73 75 2 148
63 Caroline AFONSO 76 72 2 148
63 Becky BREWERTON 74 74 2 148
63 Trish JOHNSON 72 76 2 148
63 Stefania CROCE 75 73 2 148
63 Maha HADDIOUI 75 73 2 148
63 Carly BOOTH 71 77 2 148
63 Natalie WILLE 73 75 2 148
63 Linnea JOHANSSON 77 71 2 148
80 Paula HURTADO 76 73 3 149
80 Kelsey MACDONALD 72 77 3 149
80 Anna Christina KINDGREN 77 72 3 149
80 Csilla LAJTAI-ROZSA 74 75 3 149
80 Frida KINHULT 77 72 3 149
80 Emma GODDARD 74 75 3 149
80 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 78 71 3 149
80 Heather MACRAE 76 73 3 149
80 Caroline ROMINGER 77 72 3 149
80 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 75 74 3 149
80 Amy BOULDEN 77 72 3 149
80 Isabella RAMSAY 75 74 3 149
92 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 77 73 4 150
92 Josephine JANSON 78 72 4 150
92 Nicole GARCIA 76 74 4 150
92 Marika VOSS 75 75 4 150
92 Ana PELAEZ 76 74 4 150
92 Martina EDBERG 75 75 4 150
92 Justine DREHER 75 75 4 150
92 Isabelle BOINEAU 75 75 4 150
92 Margherita RIGON 77 73 4 150
92 Caroline MARTENS 75 75 4 150
92 Alex PETERS 78 72 4 150
92 Stephanie NA 75 75 4 150
92 Cathryn BRISTOW 72 78 4 150
105 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 76 75 5 151
105 Sophie SANDOLO 74 77 5 151
105 Caroline HEDWALL 76 75 5 151
105 Alexandra VILATTE 76 75 5 151
109 Anais MAGGETTI 78 74 6 152
109 Johanna BJORK 73 79 6 152
109 Viva SCHLASBERG 78 74 6 152
109 Elisa SERRAMIA 76 76 6 152
109 Louise STAHLE 73 79 6 152
114 Elina NUMMENPAA 75 78 7 153
114 Krista BAKKER 77 76 7 153
116 Mireia PRAT 74 80 8 154
116 Carmen ALONSO 80 74 8 154
116 Jenny HAGLUND 76 78 8 154
119 Hannah RALPH 77 78 9 155
120 Bree ARTHUR 74 82 10 156
120 Marion RICORDEAU 80 76 10 156
120 Georgina SIMPSON 79 77 10 156
123 Steffi KIRCHMAYR 80 77 11 157
123 Lucie ANDRE 80 77 11 157
125 Maria Palacios SIEGENTHALER 82 80 16 162
126 Leigh WHITTAKER 72 75 79 7 226

 

Preview

DATES:  September 03-06
SITE:  Vasatorps GK, Helsingborg
PRIZE MONEY: €250,000
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