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Round 4 - Allen wins first title at European Masters

July 05, 2015
Beth Allen, , 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion

American Beth Allen shot a final round of 67 to come from five shots behind the overnight leader Caroline Masson and claim her first professional title at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.

Allen fired five birdies on the front nine at Buckinghamshire Golf Club and picked up another on 14 before making bogey on 15 and setting the clubhouse target at 12 under par.

With the world number one amateur Leona Maguire tied for the lead after 17 holes and playing in the next group, there was a nervous wait before Allen was able to celebrate her victory. She was finally able to lift her first trophy in 11 years as a professional after the 20-year-old found the bunker behind the 18th green and failed to make a putt of around five feet to force a play-off.

Allen, 33, from San Diego, Califonia, said: “I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”

She had finished second three times on the LET but her secret weapon was her new caddie, Sophie Gustafson. The 26-time tournament winner who has represented Europe eight times in The Solheim Cup and this year will be one of Carin Koch’s vice captains at St Leon-Rot in Germany, was on the bag advising Allen as she plotted her way around the Buckinghamshire layout.

“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012 and haven’t made a cut since,” said Allen. “I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”

Gustafson knew the right things to say at the key moments, but a clubbing decision on the par three 18th tee cost the less experienced Maguire the chance to win the title.

Handling the disappointment like a professional, Maguire explained: “I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from. I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day. Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”

Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang ended shot further back in third place after a solid 72 and she said: “I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position. I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”

The overnight leader Caroline Masson slipped back into a share of fourth place with Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Australian Rebecca Artis after a 75, while four players ended a stroke further back in tied seventh.

Finland’s Noora Tamminen, Anne-Lise Caudal from France and the evergreen Englishwomen Trish Johnson and Dame Laura Davies ended on eight under par.

Johnson holed a bunker shot on 18 for a 66, while Davies recorded her 11th hole in one on the seventh using an 8-iron in a round of 67. She said: “It’s more Solheim Cup points, which is what I wanted, to show Carin I’m still playing well and could be an asset to the team.”

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Round 3 - Masson 2 shots ahead of Thai pair

July 04, 2015
Caroline Masson, 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters R3

Caroline Masson of Germany will go into the final round of the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters holding a two stroke lead over Thai pair Titiya Plucksataporn and Nontaya Srisawang.

Masson conjured up five birdies and one bogey on the first nine holes in the third round at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club before making another birdie on the 15th.

The 26-year-old from Gladbeck finished on 12 under par and in the hunt for her second Ladies European Tour title after the 2012 South African Women’s Open as many of her closest competitors struggled in the gusty conditions on the back nine.

English pair Alex Peters and Charley Hull, in first and second position overnight, both carded 77s to slip into a tie for ninth and 18th respectively.

However Australian Rebecca Artis expertly plotted her way to a 66 and shares fourth place with the Xiamen Open champion Ssu-Chia Cheng of Chinese Taipei and Ireland’s world number one amateur Leona Maguire.

Masson, a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in 2013, is hoping to be playing in the tournament on her home soil in September and needs to put in a solid performance to impress captain Carin Koch.

“Of course I want to make the team and it’s a great chance for me to present myself. Obviously on a course that I really like and I’ve had two really good finishes here in the last two years,” said Masson, who finished third in 2013 and tied for third in 2014. “I’ve been playing well and I haven’t been scoring well but I’ve managed to turn it around in the last few days and I’m super happy about that.”

Meanwhile the Thai pair had the benefit of practising hard in Oxfordshire with their coach John Cook over the last week. They are both searching for their maiden victories on the Ladies European Tour after several chances.

Plucksataporn said: “I hit a lot of fairways today and my game plan was try to hit fairways, greens and then putt. I could make a lot of putts and up and downs so it was fantastic today.”

Srisawang added: “I feel really good this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and playing with my friend.”

Final round play gets under way at 9.40am on Sunday with the leading trio starting at 2.04pm.

Round 2 - Peters equals course record to take lead

July 03, 2015
Alex Peters, 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters R2
Alex Peters pictured with her brother, Edward

Alex Peters from England shot a course record equalling second round of nine under par 63 to lead the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Friday.

At 11-under-par, the 21-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie was two strokes clear of compatriot Charley Hull, with first round leader Sophie Giquel-Bettan of France a stroke further back on eight under.

Peters’ round of 63 matched the score previously recorded by Ashleigh Simon and Caroline Masson in the first round of the 2013 tournament. She birdied the second and third holes before posting seven birdies on the back nine to come home 29 strokes, equalling the all-time record on the Ladies European Tour.

“I just played absolutely amazing. I hit my irons so close and putted really well. I had a few other chances as well, but a 63, I’m really happy with the way I played today,” said Peters, who recently shot an 11-under-par 61 in a charity day at her home course, Shifnal Golf Club, in Shropshire.

“Seven birdies could have been eight. I left one right in the jaws on the 12th, the par 3, but I just putted really well, hit it close and gave myself chances.”

Since turning professional in October 2014, Peters has quickly settled in to life on tour. She has made the cut in all three events played so far and is ranked 86th on the current order of merit. This is her first time leading an LET event and she now sits two strokes clear of Charley Hull, who bogeyed her last hole, the par-four ninth, after driving into the trees.

Hull said: “I feel like I was hitting it well out there today. It was a shame about my last drive but I just saw the other girls and the wind brought their drives to the right. I thought if I try and hit a hard draw down there, but it stayed on my line and so I was a bit annoyed. Apart from that I feel like I’m playing solid and I hit a great drive into the eighth hole, but I just missed that putt, because I came up on it. Apart from that I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting it and where I am going into the weekend.”

Giquel-Bettan completed her round in breezier conditions in the afternoon and was pleased to be in third position, a stroke ahead of Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang, Germany’s Caroline Masson and Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, who only graduated from high school last Wednesday.

Round 1 - Giquel-Bettan edges ahead of crowded leaderboard

July 02, 2015
Sophie Giquel-Bettan, 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters R1

Sophie Giquel-Bettan from France fired a first round six under par 66 to take a one shot lead at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on Thursday.

The 32-year-old from Valence ended the day ahead of South African Ashleigh Simon, Italian Sophie Sandolo, Josephine Janson of Sweden and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand.

English pair Charley Hull and Trish Johnson are part of a large group two strokes off the pace, on four under par.

“It was a great day,” said Giquel-Bettan, after picking up four birdies on the back nine followed by a bogey and three more birdies on the front nine at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

“Yesterday I played the Pro-Am and it was 36 degrees. It was so hot and this morning it was 20, 22C with just a little breeze, so perfect conditions.”

Simon, the joint runner-up behind Karrie Webb in 2013, had an eagle, four birdies and a bogey in her 67. She said: “I got off to a nice steady start and birdied my third hole of the day. I eagled the par 5 14th after I holed a nice bomb from the back of the green and gave myself some nice chances coming in and birdied 17 and made a good par on 18. All of the par fives are pretty much reachable so if you play those well you can be four under. It was a steady start.”

Srisawang was another player who took advantage of the situation to hit 17 greens and make six birdies. She said: “The condition of the course is really dry and we can get distance on the tee shot so you can hit onto the greens with short irons and if you make a putt then you will make a good score. The conditions today were not really hard, not really windy.”

Like Srisawang, Hull played in the afternoon and was content with making five birdies and one bogey. After her round, he 19-year-old Solheim Cup winner said: “I’m happy because I putted pretty well today. I just kept coming up short with my irons. I struck it well but kept miss-clubbing myself. I feel like I’m so used to my American distances that now when I’m in a tournament I keep thinking I’m going to hit them a bit further but I don’t. Although I’ve been in England for two weeks we’ve just been mucking around with my friends, so I’ve hit some massive fades, but I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing.”

Johnson was also delighted with her round following a disappointing run of results this season due to a persistent back injury and feels that she has turned a corner.

Last year’s Scottish Open champion said: “I had a lesson a couple of days ago with Stuart Brewer, the father of Ben Brewer, who caddied for me in Holland. There was some stuff that I really needed help with.”

Fellow Britons Melissa Reid and Dame Laura Davies had one under par rounds of 71 to lie in a share of 37th place, a stroke ahead of Amy Boulden, the 2014 rookie of the year.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Beth ALLEN 71 70 68 67 -12 276 € 75,000.00
2 Leona MAGUIRE 69 70 69 69 -11 277 N/A
3 Nontaya SRISAWANG 67 70 69 72 -10 278 € 45,000.00
4 Rebecca ARTIS 70 72 66 71 -9 279 € 23,500.00
4 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 69 69 71 70 -9 279 € 23,500.00
4 Caroline MASSON 70 67 67 75 -9 279 € 23,500.00
7 Laura DAVIES 71 70 72 67 -8 280 € 13,500.00
7 Trish JOHNSON 68 71 75 66 -8 280 € 13,500.00
7 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 72 69 69 70 -8 280 € 13,500.00
7 Noora TAMMINEN 73 71 67 69 -8 280 € 13,500.00
11 Pamela PRETSWELL 69 70 74 68 -7 281 € 11,250.00
11 Ssu-Chia CHENG 68 70 70 73 -7 281 € 11,250.00
13 Melissa REID 71 70 71 70 -6 282 € 9,375.00
13 Gwladys NOCERA 69 72 74 67 -6 282 € 9,375.00
13 Diana LUNA 68 73 70 71 -6 282 € 9,375.00
13 Louise FRIBERG 71 69 70 72 -6 282 € 9,375.00
13 Becky MORGAN 69 71 70 72 -6 282 € 9,375.00
13 Ashleigh SIMON 67 72 72 71 -6 282 € 9,375.00
19 Alex PETERS 70 63 77 73 -5 283 € 8,000.00
19 Holly CLYBURN 70 71 70 72 -5 283 € 8,000.00
19 Georgia HALL 74 70 71 68 -5 283 € 8,000.00
22 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 70 71 75 68 -4 284 € 7,400.00
23 Johanna BJORK 73 72 71 69 -3 285 € 6,875.00
23 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 66 70 75 74 -3 285 € 6,875.00
25 Isabella RAMSAY 69 74 74 69 -2 286 € 5,950.00
25 Isabelle BOINEAU 71 71 73 71 -2 286 € 5,950.00
25 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 69 70 67 80 -2 286 € 5,950.00
25 Felicity JOHNSON 69 75 71 71 -2 286 € 5,950.00
29 Marianne SKARPNORD 69 73 73 72 -1 287 € 4,750.00
29 Rebecca HUDSON 70 74 73 70 -1 287 € 4,750.00
29 Florentyna PARKER 70 75 72 70 -1 287 € 4,750.00
29 Carly BOOTH 71 70 72 74 -1 287 € 4,750.00
33 Amy BOULDEN 72 74 69 73 E 288 € 3,800.00
33 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 68 69 76 75 E 288 € 3,800.00
33 Laura MURRAY 77 69 75 67 E 288 € 3,800.00
33 Sarah KEMP 72 70 71 75 E 288 € 3,800.00
37 Charlotte ELLIS 69 75 73 72 1 289 € 3,037.50
37 Danielle MONTGOMERY 72 73 72 72 1 289 € 3,037.50
37 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 71 69 73 76 1 289 € 3,037.50
37 Marta SANZ BARRIO 68 72 73 76 1 289 € 3,037.50
41 Sophie WALKER 70 75 75 70 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Csilla LAJTAI-ROZSA 72 71 74 73 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Marion RICORDEAU 72 72 79 67 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Alexandra VILATTE 72 72 77 69 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Maria Palacios SIEGENTHALER 71 72 75 72 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Liz YOUNG 75 70 72 73 2 290 € 2,600.00
41 Charley HULL 68 67 77 78 2 290 € 2,600.00
48 Christine WOLF 76 69 74 72 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 70 75 71 75 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Hannah BURKE 74 70 73 74 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Heather MACRAE 70 76 70 75 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Caroline AFONSO 72 74 72 73 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Caroline MARTENS 72 71 79 69 3 291 € 2,250.00
48 Maria BALIKOEVA 73 73 76 69 3 291 € 2,250.00
55 Lina BOQVIST 72 71 77 73 5 293 € 2,025.00
55 Georgina SIMPSON 75 70 77 71 5 293 € 2,025.00
57 Leigh WHITTAKER 71 75 75 73 6 294 € 1,850.00
57 Stefania CROCE 74 72 76 72 6 294 € 1,850.00
57 Klara SPILKOVA 70 76 73 75 6 294 € 1,850.00
57 Sarah ATTWOOD 70 76 72 76 6 294 € 1,850.00
57 Louise STAHLE 73 72 77 72 6 294 € 1,850.00
62 Minea BLOMQVIST 70 69 77 80 8 296 € 1,675.00
62 Holly AITCHISON 75 71 75 75 8 296 € 1,675.00
62 India CLYBURN 72 74 73 77 8 296
65 Sophia POPOV 73 73 72 80 10 298 € 1,600.00
66 Margherita RIGON 74 72 73 80 11 299 € 1,525.00
66 Laurette MARITZ 75 71 76 77 11 299 € 1,525.00
68 Maha HADDIOUI 73 72 79 77 13 301 € 1,450.00
69 Rachel GOODALL 73 73 82 76 16 304 € 1,400.00
70 Josephine JANSON 67 78 78 83 18 306 € 1,250.00
CUT
71 Anais MAGGETTI 77 70 3 147
71 Ursula WIKSTROM 72 75 3 147
71 Fabienne IN-ALBON 74 73 3 147
71 Lauren TAYLOR 70 77 3 147
71 Marika VOSS 74 73 3 147
71 Valentine DERREY 71 76 3 147
71 Camilla LENNARTH 71 76 3 147
71 Bree ARTHUR 71 76 3 147
71 Lien WILLEMS 73 74 3 147
71 Nina HOLLEDER 73 74 3 147
71 Melanie MAETZLER 74 73 3 147
82 Lucie ANDRE 75 73 4 148
82 Anna Christina KINDGREN 73 75 4 148
82 Monique SMIT 78 70 4 148
82 Lynn CARLSSON 76 72 4 148
82 Sophie SANDOLO 68 80 4 148
82 Eleanor GIVENS 74 74 4 148
82 Elisa SERRAMIA 74 74 4 148
82 Liv CHENG 72 76 4 148
82 Malene JORGENSEN 71 77 4 148
82 Caroline ROMINGER 72 76 4 148
82 Stephanie NA 72 76 4 148
82 Miriam NAGL 74 74 4 148
94 Giulia SERGAS 74 75 5 149
94 Marie FOURQUIER 77 72 5 149
94 Hannah RALPH 72 77 5 149
94 Kelsey MACDONALD 75 74 5 149
94 Sally WATSON 76 73 5 149
94 Whitney HILLIER 75 74 5 149
94 Maria BEAUTELL 75 74 5 149
94 Linda HENRIKSSON 74 75 5 149
102 Paula HURTADO 73 77 6 150
102 Viva SCHLASBERG 72 78 6 150
102 Emma GODDARD 74 76 6 150
102 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 74 76 6 150
102 Jade SCHAEFFER 74 76 6 150
102 Melissa EATON 74 76 6 150
102 Anjelika HAMMAR 75 75 6 150
102 Laura SANCHEZ 76 74 6 150
110 Connie CHEN 76 75 7 151
110 Sarah-Jane BOYD 75 76 7 151
110 Linda WESSBERG 75 76 7 151
110 Laura JANSONE 75 76 7 151
110 Cathryn BRISTOW 74 77 7 151
115 Sahra HASSAN 78 74 8 152
115 Julia DAVIDSSON 75 77 8 152
115 Charlotte THOMPSON 70 82 8 152
115 Chloe LEURQUIN 78 74 8 152
119 Karolin LAMPERT 76 77 9 153
119 Krista BAKKER 76 77 9 153
119 Nina MUEHL 73 80 9 153
119 Elina NUMMENPAA 76 77 9 153
119 Stacey KEATING 78 75 9 153
124 Steffi KIRCHMAYR 73 81 10 154
124 Amanda STRANG 79 75 10 154
124 Vikki LAING 78 76 10 154
127 Rebecca CODD 83 72 11 155
127 Neha TRIPATHI 77 78 11 155
129 Nicole GARCIA 78 78 12 156
129 Bonita BREDENHANN 74 82 12 156
129 Laura CABANILLAS 76 80 12 156
129 Anne VAN DAM 78 78 12 156
129 Becky BREWERTON 80 76 12 156
134 Mireia PRAT 81 76 13 157
134 Portland ROSEN 79 78 13 157
134 Emma WESTIN 78 79 13 157
134 Daisy NIELSEN 78 79 13 157
134 Rebecca SORENSEN 77 80 13 157
139 Annabel DIMMOCK 79 80 15 159
139 Kiran MATHARU 79 80 15 159
141 Carin KOCH 81 79 16 160
142 Carmen ALONSO 78 87 21 165
143 Virginia ESPEJO 84 83 23 167
144 Amber RATCLIFFE 83 11 83

 

Preview

DATES:  July 02-05
SITE:  Buckinghamshire GC, Denham, Bucks
PRIZE MONEY: €500,000
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