Friday, June 05, 2015

Cathy Panton-Lewis 6th behind WPGA

 fourth-time title-winner Tracy Loveys

Tracy Loveys, pictured, held her nerve to claim an unprecedented fourth Titleist and FootJoy Women’s PGA professional championship title at Burnham and Berrow GC, Somerset today.

Loveys, from Bigbury Golf Club in Devon, was already the most successful lady in the tournament’s history with three victories recorded consecutively each year between 2008 and 2010.

And that experience ultimately proved to be priceless as she found herself battling for the lead with Ladies European Tour regular Lucy Williams over the back nine.

The pair were level going onto the back nine and could not be separated until Loveys landed an excellent chip on the green and holed for a vital, championship-winning birdie.

That left her with a two-day, four-over-par total of 152, enough to finish one shot clear of Mid Herts pro Williams and claim the £1,000 first prize.

“To be honest it still hasn’t sunk in,”  admitted Loveys in the clubhouse after her round.

“I’m a bit shocked to have won. It was difficult out there and I didn’t get the same bits of luck as I did yesterday.

“At times I felt like I was trying to throw it away – but that’s what this course does to you.

“But it is an honour to win this event for the fourth time, especially after finishing runner up a few times recently too.

Loveys’ victory came around a testing Burnham and Berrow course, over which both Christy O’Connor and Justin Rose have secured tournament wins, that was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The two-day, £5,000 championship, which runs parallel to the men’s event, was being held at the south-west venue for the first time.

Suzanne Dickens won last year  at Blairgowrie but she was unable to trouble the leaders, finishing the event third on eight-over-par despite two birdies at the end of her round.
Loveys will return for another crack at the testing links next week to play in the Lombard Trophy regional final.
Cathy Panton-Lewis (The Berkshire), the only Scot in the field of eight players, finished sixth on 159 with scores of 82 and 77. She finished one ahead of another star of yesteryear, Alison Nicholas (81 for 160).
Par 148 (2x74)
152 T Loveys (Birbury) 72 80
153 L Williams (Mid Herts) 74 79
156 S Dickens (Thorpe Wood) 77 79
157 A Smith (London) 76 81
158 K Holford (Chase) 84 74
159 Cathy Panton-Lewis (The Berkshire) 82 77
160 A Ncholas (Hagley) 79 81
165 K Edwards (Alice Springs) 81 84

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