MacLaren completes Aussie hat-trick with Bonville win

England’s Meghan MacLaren might be thinking of swapping her passport for something more local after claiming her third LET title at the Australian Women’s Classic – Bonville.

All three of MacLaren’s Ladies European Tour victories have come from trips Down Under following previous back-to-backs trophies at the NSW Open in 2018 and 2019.

The Englishwoman fired a final round 3-under 69 for a 10-under total in the rain-shortened 54-hole event to win by a single stroke over Sweden’s Maja Stark at Bonville Golf Resort in northern New South Wales.

“It means a lot! It is a little bit surreal right now. When that putt went in, it was the best feeling in the world,” said MacLaren.

“The people are amazing here and it is a place I feel really comfortable. I’m going to keep coming back here for the rest of my career.”

“Meghan Meghan MacLaren (Credit: LET)

MacLaren has previously won the 2021 Prasco Charity Championship on the LPGA’s feeder tour in the US along with the 2016 Santander Golf Tour LETAS La Peñaza and 2017 Azores Ladies Open on the LET Access Series.

For Sweden’s Stark it was the second near-miss in the past couple of weeks after also finishing runner-up in the inaugural Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge in Thailand. Stark did however finish as the leading female player and just two Stableford points behind winner Shiwan Kim.

Queensland’s Sarah Hammett continued what has been a superb run of form having won five tournaments in the past year alone including the NSW Amateur. The Emerald Lakes member finished in a share of 6th place alongside fellow amateur Justice Bosio on 6-under to finish the best of the Australians in the field.

LPGA veteran Sarah Kemp, who decided to make the long trip back home to Australia to support the Bonville event and see her family, closed in a share of 8th place on 5-under.

“I love Australia so much, I very rarely get back here, I’m really close with all my family and I don’t see them very much anymore. It’s one of the reasons that I’m playing this week. I love Bonville, I’m playing in a cart, staying with my parents and I have a lot of family in Coffs.”

“I was like, ‘I’m going to go play. That’s what I want to do. I want to go and play golf in Australia for a week.’”

The 2022 WPGA schedule wraps up this week at the A$315,000 Women’s NSW Open at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club on the Queensland and New South Wales border.