Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open R4

Carlota Ciganda wins first LET event in Spain

September 26-29
Golf Club de Terramar, Barcelona, Spain
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Just a fortnight on from playing her part in Europe’s Solheim Cup victory at Gleneagles, Carlota Ciganda claimed the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Terramar Golf Club in Sitges, Spain, on Sunday, adding another unforgettable moment to her remarkable career.

Mediterranean Ladies Open R4 - Ciganda carded a closing 71 to win her first LET event in Spain
Credit: Ladies European Tour

It was the 2012 rookie of the year and order of merit winner’s first Ladies European Tour win on home soil and she said: “I’m very happy to win in Spain, with all the people here. My family is here and playing in Spain is always very special. It was a tough day and to be honest, it was very windy, with some crazy gusts on the course. I played pretty solid and tried to make the fairways, hit the greens and make a few putts. I played the par fives pretty good but I knew people were going to make mistakes, because it was playing quite tough.

“Towards the end, I saw that Esther was six or seven-under, but I wanted to get to ten: that was my aim for the day. I thought if I could get to ten I would be fine, but it was tough to get those birdies on the last few holes. The wind was quite strong, so I was happy to make those pars and win the tournament.”

It was her first individual tournament victory in three years, since the 2016 CitiBanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational and capped a brilliant season, following on from eight top ten finishes on the LPGA Tour, including a tie for second in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in March.


Ciganda had the chance to win in Sitges in similar circumstances two years ago, with a short par putt on 18, but the ball lipped out forcing a play-off, which she lost to Florentyna Parker. She admitted that the memory returned as she faced a similar par putt to win from around five feet on the 18th hole and said: “I just said keep your head still and make this putt and win the tournament. I don’t want to go through another play-off because anything can happen and the putt went in, so I’m very, very happy.”

The tournament may be sponsored by a beer company, but after being soaked in water by fellow golfers, Ciganda delighted in spraying her jubilant home fans in champagne. Suzann Pettersen, Ciganda’s Solheim Cup teammate at Gleneagles tweeted soon afterwards: “When will this party stop? So happy for you my friend.”

The 29-year-old from Pamplona started the final round two strokes behind Laura Fuenfstueck, but in some ways benefited from Fuenfstueck’s misfortune. The 24-year-old from Germany, whom had never previously been in contention, endured an unnerving start when she double bogeyed the first two holes. Although she birdied the third and regained a share of the lead when Ciganda bogeyed the fourth, she ran out of luck with a bogey on the fifth hole. Another birdie followed at the seventh, but it was her last of the day. She doubled the 10th and came home in 40 for a final round of 79, which tied for fourth place with Christine Wolf and Ursula Wikstrom. Sanna Nuutinen, playing in the last group, shot 73 to finish third on three-under.

Ciganda birdied the sixth and seventh holes and took a two-stroke advantage through the turn before young German Esther Henseleit went on a birdie rampage. Two-over through six, she birdied five of the next seven holes, but ended with five consecutive pars in a 68. Ciganda bogeyed the 11th, but immediately bounced back with a birdie on the 12th. She bogeyed the 13th but no-one could catch her.

“It was a rough start but I came back really strong,” said Henseleit, who moved further ahead on the LET order of merit and rookie of the year rankings. “In the end, it wasn’t enough, but I played well. I had my chances on the last few holes but I wasn’t able to make them.”

Whitney Hillier, who made global headlines with her hole-in-one on Friday, finished in solo seventh place, with Aditi Ashok in eighth, Marianne Skarpnord in ninth and five further players tied for tenth.

The next LET tournament is the Hero Women’s Indian Open, which gets under way on Thursday at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.

In the meantime, Ciganda said that she would enjoy a party with her extended family in Spain.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-8
72
68
65
71
276
45,000.00
2
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-7
70
71
68
68
277
27,000.00
3
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-3
71
70
67
73
281
18,000.00
4
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-2
75
71
66
70
282
11,200.00
4
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-2
75
68
68
71
282
11,200.00
4
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-2
68
68
67
79
282
11,200.00
7
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-1
75
66
72
70
283
8,400.00
8
Aditi Ashok (IND)
Par
74
67
71
72
284
7,500.00
9
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
1
70
74
70
71
285
7,200.00
10
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
2
74
66
76
70
286
6,300.00
10
Beatriz Recari (ESP)
2
70
70
75
71
286
6,300.00
10
Krista Bakker (FIN)
2
70
75
70
71
286
6,300.00
10
Lydia Hall (WAL)
2
73
68
72
73
286
6,300.00
10
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
2
73
71
69
73
286
6,300.00
15
Olivia Cowan (GER)
3
70
69
76
72
287
5,250.00
15
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
3
72
70
68
77
287
5,250.00
17
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
4
71
72
75
70
288
4,650.00
17
Liz Young (ENG)
4
75
69
74
70
288
4,650.00
17
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
4
73
70
75
70
288
4,650.00
17
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
4
73
73
70
72
288
4,650.00
17
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
4
74
71
76
67
288
4,650.00
22
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
5
72
70
75
72
289
3,975.00
22
Manon De Roey (BEL)
5
71
71
75
72
289
3,975.00
22
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
5
71
70
74
74
289
3,975.00
22
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
5
71
68
75
75
289
3,975.00
26
Becky Morgan (WAL)
6
73
73
73
71
290
3,150.00
26
Karolin Lampert (GER)
6
74
73
72
71
290
3,150.00
26
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
6
72
75
73
70
290
3,150.00
26
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
6
71
71
73
75
290
3,150.00
26
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
6
76
70
69
75
290
3,150.00
26
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
6
71
71
70
78
290
3,150.00
32
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
7
75
71
72
73
291
2,700.00
32
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
7
71
70
77
73
291
2,700.00
32
Sarah Schober (AUT)
7
72
73
71
75
291
2,700.00
35
Tvesa Malik (IND)
8
73
72
72
75
292
2,430.00
35
Justine Dreher (FRA)
8
73
74
72
73
292
2,430.00
35
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
8
69
73
74
76
292
2,430.00
38
Filippa Moork (SWE)
9
71
68
76
78
293
2,058.00
38
Manon Molle (FRA)
9
75
70
76
72
293
2,058.00
38
Beth Allen (USA)
9
68
76
71
78
293
2,058.00
38
Kylie Henry (SCO)
9
74
73
74
72
293
2,058.00
38
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
9
73
74
75
71
293
2,058.00
43
Luna Sobron (ESP)
10
72
73
76
73
294
1,770.00
43
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
10
72
74
76
72
294
1,770.00
45
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
11
72
70
74
79
295
1,620.00
45
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
11
72
72
76
75
295
1,620.00
45
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
11
68
79
74
74
295
1,620.00
45
Marta Llorca (ESP) (a)
11
72
73
77
73
295
Amateur
49
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
12
75
72
72
77
296
1,470.00
49
Diksha Dagar (IND)
12
75
72
73
76
296
1,470.00
51
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
13
72
71
78
76
297
1,290.00
51
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
13
74
72
75
76
297
1,290.00
51
Mariell Bruun (NOR)
13
75
71
76
75
297
1,290.00
51
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
13
75
72
75
75
297
1,290.00
55
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
14
70
76
74
78
298
1,110.00
55
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
14
75
72
76
75
298
1,110.00
57
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
15
71
75
73
80
299
1,020.00
58
Rochelle Morris (ENG)
16
74
73
78
75
300
990
59
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
17
73
74
75
79
301
930
59
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
17
72
72
79
78
301
930
59
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
17
77
69
77
78
301
930
62
Carly Booth (SCO)
18
75
71
76
80
302
870
CUT
63
Andrea Jonama (ESP)
6
72
76
148
63
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
6
74
74
148
63
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
6
77
71
148
63
Maria Beautell (ESP)
6
74
74
148
63
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
6
74
74
148
63
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
6
74
74
148
63
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
6
73
75
148
70
Sian Evans (ENG)
7
75
74
149
70
Silvia Banon (ESP)
7
78
71
149
70
Marta Martin (ESP)
7
75
74
149
70
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
7
75
74
149
70
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
7
76
73
149
70
Elia Folch (ESP)
7
76
73
149
70
Sofie Bringner (SWE)
7
71
78
149
77
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
8
76
74
150
77
Michele Thomson (SCO)
8
76
74
150
77
Manon Gidali (FRA)
8
76
74
150
77
Gemma Clews (ENG)
8
74
76
150
77
Mireia Prat (ESP)
8
73
77
150
77
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
8
73
77
150
83
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
9
78
73
151
83
Maria Palacios (PER)
9
76
75
151
83
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
9
78
73
151
86
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
10
77
75
152
86
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
10
74
78
152
86
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
10
76
76
152
86
Trish Johnson (ENG)
10
82
70
152
86
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
10
75
77
152
86
Niina Liias (FIN)
10
76
76
152
92
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
11
76
77
153
92
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
11
78
75
153
92
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
11
79
74
153
95
Natalia Escuriola Martinez (ESP)
12
77
77
154
95
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
12
76
78
154
95
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
12
79
75
154
95
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
12
73
81
154
99
Camilla Hedberg (ESP)
13
81
74
155
99
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
13
78
77
155
99
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
13
78
77
155
102
Amy Walsh (AUS)
14
81
75
156
102
Leslie Cloots (BEL)
14
79
77
156
102
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
14
76
80
156
105
Minea Blomqvist (FIN)
16
79
79
158
105
Astha Madan (IND)
16
81
77
158
107
Ana Menendez (MEX)
22
83
81
164
108
Diana Luna (ITA)
82
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