Sunday, September 06, 2015

Broch Larsen clinches first LET title at 

Helsingborg Open in Sweden

From Brethan Cutler, LET Media Manager
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 today.

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 par, 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 as 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.”
SCOTSWATCH:  Kylie Walker (77 for 292) finished the leading Scot in joint 21st place, 12 shots behind the winner. Sally Watson was a shot behind (73-293) in joint 26th place. Laura Murray closed with a 74 for 297 and shared 35th pace. Vikki Laing had a 78 for 300 and joint 45th place.




 Par 292 (4x73)

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[+]22Ashleigh Simon RSAF-1173657172281
[+]33Malene Jorgensen DENF-1074686971282
[+]46Nanna Koerstz Madsen DENF-569727373287
[+]45Joanna Klatten FRAF-571707274287
[+]619Pernilla Lindberg SWEF-470747272288
[+]66Maria Mcbride SWEF-473726974288
[+]66Camilla Lennarth SWEF-472746874288
[+]64Felicity Johnson ENGF-472707076288
[+]1019Lynn Carlsson SWEF-375707173289
[+]106Marianne Skarpnord NORF-374677375289
[+]1228Klara Spilkova CZEF-273727372290
[+]1224Giulia Sergas ITAF-273707473290
[+]1219Charlotte Ellis ENGF-271717474290
[+]1219Ursula Wikstrom FINF-273717274290
[+]1213Anne Van Dam NLDF-275726875290
[+]126Olivia Cowan GERF-272697376290
[+]1813Katie Burnett USAF-171697576291
[+]186Hannah Burke ENGF-174687277291
[+]186Rebecca Artis AUSF-173736877291
[+]2128Minea Blomqvist FINFE74727274292
[+]2124Lina Boqvist SWEFE71687875292
[+]2124Ssu-Chia Cheng TPEFE71737375292
[+]2113Beth Allen USAFE70727377292
[+]2113Kylie Walker SCOFE70747177292
[+]2645Georgia Hall ENGF+174717672293
[+]2639Sally Watson SCOF+173737473293
[+]2634Nina Muehl AUTF+173707674293
[+]2628Melissa Eaton RSAF+174737175293
[+]2613Dewi Claire Schreefel NEDF+171727278293
[+]3134Louise Friberg SWEF+275687675294
[+]3124Rebecca Sorensen SWEF+273727277294
[+]3113Noora Tamminen FINF+272717279294
[+]3449Rebecca Hudson ENGF+372757573295
[+]3554Laura Murray SCOF+575727674297
[+]3545Daisy Nielsen DENF+573747476297
[+]3539Whitney Hillier AUSF+574707677297
[+]3539Sophia Popov GERF+576717377297
[+]3539Miriam Nagl BRAF+572757377297
[+]3534Linda Henriksson FINF+572727578297
[+]4139Lien Willems BELF+676717378298
[+]4128Marta Sanz Barrio ESPF+671707780298
[+]4119Liz Young ENGF+673687582298
[+]4434Laura Davies ENGF+771727680299
[+]4554Emma Westin SWEF+876697877300
[+]4554Laura Jansone LVAF+873747677300
[+]4549Vikki Laing SCOF+874737578300
[+]4549Chloe Leurquin BELF+873747578300
[+]4549Valentine Derrey FRAF+874737578300
[+]4545Lorie Kane CANF+875727479300
[+]4534Stacey Keating AUSF+875697581300
[+]5258Holly Aitchison ENGF+976717876301
[+]5249Eleanor Givens ENGF+976717579301
[+]5239Melanie Maetzler SWIF+971767381301
[+]5228Christine Wolf AUTF+974737183301
[+]5645Florentyna Parker ENGF+1073737581302
[+]5628Madelene Sagstrom SWEF+1071747384302
[+]5858Lauren Taylor ENGF+1274737879304
[+]5961Sophie Walker ENGF+1373728377305
[+]5957Laurette Maritz RSAF+1371747981305
[+]6162Marie Fourquier FRAF+1475708576306
[+]6260Charlotte Thompson ENGF+1770758183309


Bethan Cutler

Media Manager