KirkwoodGolf: Engstrom (15) versus Weber (19) in final of British women's championship

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Engstrom (15) versus Weber (19) in final of British women's championship

        LGU president Diane Bailey, the starter all week, is on extreme right. Julia Engstrom is in the blue sweater on left of Maria Parra, white top. Match referee David Bird is in the back row.

Maria Parra (Spain) versus Julia Engstrom (Sweden)
     world number 4     versus    world number 101
                                           ENGSTROM WINS 2 and 1
Engstrom won long fifth and seventh with birdies to be two up on eighth tee
Parra won the eighth with a birdie to be only one down. And the Spaniard also birdied the ninth to be all square at the turn.
Both players  three under par at the turn.
Parra bogeyed the 10th to go one down again.
Parra, the World No. 4,  also bogeyed the 11th to go two down to her 15-year-old opponent, the youngest player in the field.
Holes 12, 13 and 14 halved in par figures leaving younster Engstrom two up with four to play.
Parra has yet to play the last two holes in match-play.
Engstrom had a birdie 2 at the short 13th to go three up with three to play.
The writing was on the wall for her World No 4 opponent but Parra was not ready to throw in the towel. The Spaniard won the 16th with a 4 to a 5 to cut her deficit to two holes with two to play.
The 17th hole was halved in four, leaving 15-year-old Julie Engstrom (Sweden) the winner by 2 and 1 with a round containing four birdies and only one bogey, a the 16th. This is her debut in the championship.
Parra, the title favourite on the strength of her No 4 world ranking, had more bogeys (three) than she probably had in all her earlier rounds put together!


 Starter Diane Bailey with Monica Vaughn (left) and Dewi Weber, match referee Liz Munro. That's Katy Hill with the scoreboard.

  Dewi Weber (Netherlands) v Monica Vaughn (USA)
    world number 45            versus       world number 15
                                                     WEBER WINS BY ONE HOLE
  Weber won second, third and fifth, all with birdies to be two up on sixth tee
  Sixth, seventh and eighth holes halved in par.
  Vaughn produced her first birdie of the morning to win the nine and be one down.
  Weber two under par for first nine. Vaughn one under.
  Weber bogeyed the 10th to  be pulled back to all square for first time since  second hole.
  Vaughn won her third hole in a row, a birdie 2 from 30 inches at the 11th to go one up for first time since the first hole.  Weber missed her putt for a 2 from about 3 to 4ft. 
  Weber holed a 15ft birdie putt at the 13th to square the match.
  The 14th was halved in pars before Vaughn three-putted to lose the short 15th after being bunkered off the tee.
Vaughn should have drawn level at the 17th where Weber was bunked on the right and took three to get on the green. But the American, on in 2, three-putted to let Weber off the hook with a half in bogey 5s.
Weber still one up on the 18th tee. Both reached the green in regulation three shots and Vaughn could not hole her birdie putt. A half in 5 was enough to take Weber through to the final.