Allen wins Ladies European Masters, Artis 4th
San Diego native Beth Allen shot a final round of 67 to come from five shots behind the overnight leader Caroline Masson and claim her first LET title at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.
A regular visitor to Australia and winner of the Pennant Hills ALPG Pro-Am in January, Allen set the clubhouse target at 12-under at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club as the world’s best amateur, Leona Maguire, over clubbed on the par-three 18th.
Beth Allen (Credit: LET)
Maguire was not able to get up and down from a bunker to hand Allen victory.
“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy.” Allen said, “I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”
“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.”
“I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie (caddie and 26-time tour winner Sophie Gustafson) kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”
18-year old Maguire was philosophical in defeat.
“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, (caddie) 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 was a shot further back in third place while overnight leader Caroline Masson slipped back to a share of fourth place with Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Australian Rebecca Artis at 9-under.
With coach Gary Edwin on hand, Artis’ continued with her consistent 2015 form and has now climbed to 9th on the Money List in Europe.
Sarah Kemp was the only other Australian to make the cut at the event, finishing in a tie for 33rd place.
The Ladies European Tour returns in a fortnight for the Ladies Scottish Open in Troon from July 24-26.