Julia Engstrom produced a stunning final round to secure her first LET title
Women’s NSW Open report: What happened at Dubbo Golf Club?
Just under three months ago Julia Engstrom was walking off the 18th green at Vipingo Ridge having seen a seven-shot lead disappear in the final round of the Kenya Ladies Open.
The 18-year-old was on the verge of a momentous first tour victory but the magnitude of the situation proved just too much but now the Swede has put all that to bed.
Let the celebrations begin! 🥳 🎉 🎊 pic.twitter.com/t1guf7CAKL
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) March 1, 2020
Engstrom began the final round of this week’s Australian event in a very different situation – five shots behind 54-hole leader Manon de Roey.
While her role was entirely reversed she had clearly taken a lot from her Kenyan experience and looked unflappable throughout Sunday as she carded a closing round of 4-under to finish on 14-under.
Sweden’s @juliaengstrom1 gets up and down from the bunker for birdie on 3️⃣
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) February 29, 2020
Her development was summed up on the 72nd hole as she stepped onto the 18th tee tied for the lead and struck a perfect 5-iron to just a few feet – Engstrom had bogeyed the 18th hole on each of the previous three days.
“I bogeyed 18 in all three previous rounds and I decided this time, I was not going to bogey it and I hit a great shot and I didn’t realise how close it was until I heard the reaction from the crowd. It was amazing and a great finish to a great week,” Engstrom said.
On the other side of things De Roey endured a similar day to that of Engstrom in December as she slumped to a final round of 75 which included six bogeys, most devastatingly at the last which helped hand victory to her playing partner.
Women’s NSW Open report: Leaderboard
-14 Julia Engstrom
-12 Manon De Roey
-11 Camilla Lennarth
-10 Aditi Ashok, Atthaya Thitikul
-8 Katja Pogacar
Full leaderboard (external link)
What’s next for the LET?
Next up is the South African Women’s Open which will be played at Westlake Golf Club from March 12-14.