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Holly Clyburn wins LETAS finale in Valencia



England’s Holly Clyburn won the Banesto Tour Valencia on the second play-off hole against Spain’s Carmen Alonso at GC Escorpion in Spain on Saturday.

Four strokes separated Alonso and Clyburn at the start of the day, with Clyburn leading at 6 under par. The Spaniard started with a birdie, her only bogey of the round coming at the 334 yd par 4 11th hole. Alonso finished with a birdie on the 18th, holing a 4 metre putt to become the clubhouse leader at 3 under par. Clyburn, two groups behind Alonso, dropped a shot on the 336 yd par 4 second hole, picking up a birdie on the 4th before dropping 5 shots in the next three holes with double bogeys on both the 7th and 8th holes. Clyburn recovered well, playing the back nine in 2 under par and holing a crucial birdie putt on the 18th, to also finish at 3 under par and force a play-off with Alonso.

Both players made pars on the first play-off hole, the 18th. It was Alonso who would bogey the same hole on the second play-off hole, to hand the Englishwoman her first victory in only her second professional event. “I am over the moon, I cannot believe that I have won. I am thrilled! This victory means a lot to me, and to my family. Today’s round has been very much up & down, the 7th and 8th were very bad holes. Even though I lost five shots in three holes, I managed to stay calm and swing well. I was very patient and went one shot at the time. Having Kelly Tidy caddieing for me has been great, she has really helped me to stay calm. On the 9th tee, the British Open experience came to my mind: I was 8 over in eight holes but finished 1 under the back nine to get into the top 25. I played very consistent after the 9th. I knew I had to birdie the 18th to get into the play-off and I did it!”

Carmen Alonso was philosophical about losing the play-off. “Even though I have not won, I am happy because I kept on with my game plan. I thought it would be great if I win but if I don’t, I will shake hands and congratulate whoever wins. I know I am working hard and doing the right things, and the hard work is paying off.”

The Netherlands' Marjet Van Der Graaff finished in 3rd place at 2 under par, with Julie Tvede and Eleanor Givens tied for 4th, a further shot back at 1 under par.

Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell, although unable to compete this week due to illness, claimed the LET Access Series Order of Merit title and both France’s Marion Ricordeau and Norway’s Cecilie Lundgreen, along with Pretswell, secured their Ladies European Tour cards for the 2013 season.

SCORES

213 – Holly Clyburn 67 71 75, Carmen Alonso 73 69 71

214 – Marjet van der Graaff 68 71 75

215 – Julie Tvede 72 71 72, Eleanor Givens 72 70 73

216 – Kirsty Taylor 74 74 68

217 – Marion Ricordeau 72 71 74

218 – Chrisje De Vries 72 73 73, Tamara Johns 72 73 73, Camilla Lennarth 71 71 76

219 – Silvia Bañon (AM) 76 70 73, Tracey Boyes 73 71 75

220 – Katy Mcnicoll 74 73 73, Melanie Maetzler 72 73 75

221 – Cecile Lundgreen 72 73 76

222 – Mary Mattson 76 72 74, Monique Smit 71 77 74, Laura Sedda 77 70 75, Galina Rotmistrova 73 74 75, Crisina Ofrecio (AM) 73 74 75, Charlie Douglass 73 73 76

223 – Belen Buendia 75 73 75, Lara Katzy (AM) 75 73 75, Charlotte Wild 74 72 77

224 – Marta Silva 75 73 76, Virginia Espejo 73 73 78

226 – Pamela Feggans 74 74 78

227 – Viva Schlasberg 75 73 79, Erika Holmen 74 73 80

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