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Women's NSW Open report

Engstrom puts Kenya heartbreak behind her to break duck

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.

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.

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.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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