French golfer Kirkland earns 1st prize of 37,500 euro awards
The 28-year-old from Paris held off stiff opposition to post a final round 70 on a hot and breezy final day at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya, a tropical city in Southern China’s Hainan Province.
She ended two strokes clear of fellow Frenchwoman Jade Schaeffer and England’s Holly Aitchison, with a further nine players a stroke back in a tie for fourth.
"It was totally unexpected because I’ve struggled so much this year and I didn’t have my 6-iron, so I guess I didn’t have any expectations this week and I didn’t put any pressure on myself. I didn’t feel stressed out there so it was really good," said Kirkland, the sixth-season Ladies European Tour professional, whose previous best finish was fifth at the 2010 Hero Women’s Indian Open.
Thailand’s Numa Gulyanamitta started with a one stroke lead but Kirkland quickly claimed the advantage after two holes, when she birdied and Gulyanamitta put her second shot into the water and finally lost her advantage.
"When I made that shot I was like, I think this is my day. I felt more confident of course," said Kirkland.
And Australian Frances Bondad, the last year Euro Women Golf champion, made a total of 219 golf scores, ranking 32. Meanwhile, English famous golfer Laura Jane Davies gave a good ball on Sunday to finally get 215 golf scores, ranking 16.
The 16-year-old young professional Lin Xiyu and 35-year-old Lu Yuexia were the best Chinese players finishing in a share of fourth on three under par after final rounds of 69 and 71 respectively on Sunday.
A total of 114 athletes from 23 countries and regions in the world competed in the tournament for the total of 250,000 euro (about 320,000 U.S. dollars) awards during the 3-day event.
Founded in 1978, the Ladies European Tour, one of professional golf events, was first held in China in 2008 and in Sanya in 2010.
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