Women’s New South Wales Open - R4

Meghan MacLaren successfully defends title

March 07-10
Queanbeyan Golf Club, Oatlands, New South Wales, Australia
A$150,000
Co-sanction: ALPG Tour

Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


England’s Meghan MacLaren has won the Women’s New South Wales Open presented by Worrells for the second successive year after an impressive final round of two-under-par 69 for a three-stroke victory at Queanbeyan Golf Club.

Meghan MacLaren successfully defends title, © Ladies European Tour

© Ladies European Tour


MacLaren was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds under par and finished on a total of 12-under-par, three ahead of New Zealand’s Munchin Keh and Swede Lynn Carlsson.

Tied for the lead with Carlsson entering the last day, MacLaren twice lost her lead during the final round and it was a tense finish, but the 24-year-old from Rushden, Northamptonshire, finished eagle, par, birdie, under intense pressure to close out her second Ladies European Tour title in 30C temperatures in Queanbeyan.

Whereas MacLaren saved her best until last, unfortunately Keh saved her worst. Six-under-par for the day and in possession of a two-stroke lead after making her own eagle on the 16th, the diminutive 26-year-old collapsed with a double-bogey six on the last hole to hand MacLaren a two stroke advantage.

Keh, who had not made a bogey all day, hit her tee shot right on 18 and tried to play a punch cut under the tree, but the Aucklander ended up hitting the trunk and her ball ricocheted onto the adjacent eighth hole, from where she chipped back onto the 18th fairway, played her next shot onto the green and then missed an eight footer for bogey.

MacLaren, who held a one-stroke lead after going to the turn in level par with two bogeys and two birdies on her front nine, had lost her advantage after finding trouble in the trees on 13, but she conjured a piece of magic on the par-5 16th hole.

Knowing that she was two behind, she played a brave 3-wood shot over the trees from 206-yards to the pin and rolled in an eagle putt from six feet to draw level.

After making a par on 17, she then played a perfect 8-iron shot to the heart of the 18th green and rolled in a 12 foot putt for birdie.

“I wish I could play all of my golf in New South Wales,” said MacLaren, who won the title by two at Coffs Harbour last year. “It’s a bit of a weird one, because it’s not at the same course, so it almost doesn’t feel like the same tournament. It must be something about Australia and coming to the end of the whole trip.

“It was pretty gritty out there for a long time and quite nerve wracking. As much as you want it to be like the last few days and all controlled and straight forward, it just wasn’t like that. I had to hang in there and even though I dropped a couple of shots, I knew that things were going to be close and nobody was running away with it and I just hoped for a moment of magic somewhere and it happened.

“It’s funny, I had almost the same shot yesterday where I had to hit a 30, 40 yard cut with a 3-wood around the trees and I pulled it off yesterday, so I thought, ‘I know I’ve done it; I know I need something.’ I knew the lead had gone to 11-under at that point, so I was chasing and as soon as I hit it, I hoped that it would be right and it was.”

“Last year was my first win and that was a big deal and I don’t think anything can compare to that. You don’t want to be a one-win wonder. There was a bit more pressure this week, so to come through that feels amazing.

“The lead got to 11-under, so I needed something at that point and I found it, so it’s always going to be special for me.”

After lifting the trophy, MacLaren headed straight to Cape Town for the next LET tournament: the Investec Women’s South African Open, which gets under way at Westlake Golf Club from Thursday.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
AUS$
1
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-12
70
66
67
69
272
14,048.10
2
Munchin Keh (NZL)
-9
69
68
71
67
275
7,024.05
2
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
-9
71
65
67
72
275
7,024.05
4
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-7
71
66
68
72
277
4,214.43
5
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-6
69
69
71
69
278
2,975.08
5
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
-6
63
70
72
73
278
2,975.08
5
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-6
72
67
69
70
278
2,975.08
8
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-5
70
65
70
74
279
2,317.94
8
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-5
70
71
70
68
279
2,317.94
10
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-4
69
76
67
68
280
2,144.68
10
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
-4
71
72
66
71
280
2,144.68
12
Carly Booth (SCO)
-3
69
72
71
69
281
1,787.23
12
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
-3
67
70
70
74
281
1,787.23
12
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
-3
71
69
70
71
281
1,787.23
12
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-3
68
69
73
71
281
1,787.23
12
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
-3
74
70
68
69
281
1,787.23
12
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-3
72
69
69
71
281
1,787.23
18
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-2
67
74
70
71
282
1,399.46
18
Amelia Lewis (USA)
-2
70
72
69
71
282
1,399.46
18
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-2
72
66
73
71
282
1,399.46
18
Amandeep Drall (IND)
-2
73
70
70
69
282
1,399.46
18
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-2
74
69
73
66
282
1,399.46
18
Silvia Banon (ESP)
-2
73
67
70
72
282
1,399.46
18
Manon Gidali (FRA)
-2
68
74
71
69
282
1,399.46
25
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
-1
73
71
68
71
283
1,217.50
26
Beth Allen (USA)
Par
73
68
73
70
284
1,105.12
26
Mireia Prat (ESP)
Par
71
71
70
72
284
1,105.12
26
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
Par
71
72
69
72
284
1,105.12
26
Cassie Porter (AUS) (a)
Par
71
69
72
72
284
Amateur
26
Esther Henseleit (GER)
Par
70
75
70
69
284
1,105.12
31
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
1
71
71
68
75
285
949.03
31
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
1
71
69
69
76
285
949.03
31
Sian Evans (ENG)
1
74
70
68
73
285
949.03
34
Sarah Schober (AUT)
2
75
70
69
72
286
880.35
34
Isabelle Taylor (AUS) (a)
2
71
73
72
70
286
Amateur
36
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
3
73
72
70
72
287
824.16
36
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
3
75
70
72
70
287
824.16
36
Astha Madan (IND)
3
74
69
71
73
287
824.16
39
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
5
73
69
73
74
289
753.92
39
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
5
74
70
70
75
289
753.92
41
Chantelle Cassidy (NZL)
6
71
73
73
73
290
697.72
41
Yan Liu (CHN)
6
74
71
73
72
290
697.72
41
Grace Kim (AUS) (a)
6
73
67
70
80
290
Amateur
44
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
7
74
71
72
74
291
627.48
44
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
7
74
70
72
75
291
627.48
44
Nina Pegova (RUS)
7
69
76
74
72
291
627.48
44
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
7
72
68
76
75
291
627.48
44
Celina Yuan (AUS)
7
71
73
76
71
291
627.48
44
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
7
72
72
68
79
291
627.48
44
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez (MEX)
7
70
75
73
73
291
627.48
51
Maria Palacios (PER)
8
71
72
76
73
292
585.34
51
Savannah Vilaubi (USA)
8
76
69
70
77
292
585.34
53
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
9
66
72
73
82
293
571.29
53
Britteney Dryland (AUS) (a)
9
71
72
72
78
293
Amateur
55
Miki Nishiyama (JPN)
14
73
71
73
81
298
552.56
56
Grace Lennon (AUS)
15
72
72
74
81
299
533.83
57
Tamie Durdin (AUS)
16
72
73
76
79
300
515.1
58
Karoline Lund (NOR)
75
70
86
*
RTD
496.37
CUT
59
Breanna Gill (AUS)
4
72
74
146
59
Justine Dreher (FRA)
4
77
69
146
59
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
4
76
70
146
59
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
4
72
74
146
59
Kylie Henry (SCO)
4
75
71
146
59
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
4
74
72
146
59
Onkanok Soisuwan (THA)
4
75
71
146
59
Caryn Khoo (AUS) (a)
4
73
73
146
Amateur
67
Kayla Jones (USA)
5
75
72
147
67
Elia Folch (ESP)
5
75
72
147
67
Tvesa Malik (IND)
5
79
68
147
67
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
5
74
73
147
67
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
5
74
73
147
67
Krista Bakker (FIN)
5
74
73
147
67
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
5
70
77
147
67
Kim Metraux (SUI)
5
73
74
147
67
Melanie Maetzler (SUI)
5
76
71
147
67
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
5
77
70
147
67
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
5
75
72
147
67
Katelyn Must (AUS)
5
75
72
147
67
Amy Walsh (AUS)
5
74
73
147
67
Ana Menendez (MEX)
5
72
75
147
81
Elmay Viking (COK)
6
75
73
148
81
Becky Morgan (WAL)
6
76
72
148
81
Lydia Hall (WAL)
6
75
73
148
81
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
6
75
73
148
81
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
6
74
74
148
81
Jenna Hunter (NZL)
6
72
76
148
81
Montana Strauss (AUS)
6
76
72
148
88
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
7
74
75
149
88
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
7
75
74
149
90
Georgia Clarke (AUS)
8
77
73
150
90
Hye Park (AUS) (a)
8
77
73
150
Amateur
90
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
8
78
72
150
90
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
8
77
73
150
90
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
8
75
75
150
95
Manon Molle (FRA)
9
74
77
151
95
Soo Jin Lee (AUS)
9
80
71
151
95
Hanee Song (NZL)
9
75
76
151
95
Kelsey Bennett (AUS) (a)
9
77
74
151
Amateur
99
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
10
78
74
152
99
Sock Hwee Koh (SIN)
10
77
75
152
99
Kristalle Blum (AUS)
10
80
72
152
99
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
10
77
75
152
99
Chizuru Ueda (AUS)
10
76
76
152
104
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
11
80
73
153
104
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
11
78
75
153
106
Casey Cook (AUS) (a)
12
78
76
154
Amateur
106
Lara Plachetka-pohl (FRA)
12
77
77
154
106
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
12
78
76
154
109
Lisa Edgar (AUS) (a)
13
81
74
155
Amateur
109
Gennai Goodwin (AUS)
13
73
82
155
109
Robyn Doig (CAN)
13
74
81
155
109
Dea Mahendra (IDN)
13
75
80
155
113
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
14
78
78
156
113
Nadine White (AUS)
14
79
77
156
113
Brooke Baker (USA)
14
79
77
156
113
Alexis Belton (USA)
14
81
75
156
117
Victoria Fricot (AUS)
15
78
79
157
117
Momo Sakuragi (JPN)
15
78
79
157
119
Anna Lesher (USA)
16
80
78
158
119
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
16
82
76
158
119
Elizabeth Elmassian (AUS)
16
79
79
158
122
Viva Schlasberg (SWE)
17
80
79
159
122
Kara Williams (AUS) (a)
17
80
79
159
Amateur
122
Sophie Weilguni (AUS)
17
80
79
159
125
Vani Kapoor (IND)
18
80
80
160
125
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
18
80
80
160
125
Wanasa Zhou (AUS)
18
82
78
160
128
Adele Huggard (AUS)
19
77
84
161
128
Jade Shellback (AUS)
19
84
77
161
130
Elle Sandak (AUS)
20
79
83
162
131
Eileen Kelly (CAN)
21
80
83
163
132
Molly Lavercombe (AUS)
23
87
78
165
133
Amber Thornton (AUS) (a)
25
80
87
167
Amateur
134
Collette Blacklock (AUS) (a)
31
90
83
173
Amateur
135
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
75
*
RTD
135
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
81
*
RTD
137
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
*
*
DSQ
137
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
*
*
DSQ
137
Bronte Colbert (AUS)
*
*
DSQ
137
Bree Arthur (AUS)
*
*
DSQ