Mariajo Uribe – image Ladies European Tour Tristan Jones 

34-year-old Colombian, Mariajo Uribe, has survived a last-round battle with England’s Bronte Law and emerged the Women’s New South Wales Open winner at the Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club on the Central Coast of NSW.

Beginning the final round with a three-shot lead over Taiwan’s Peiying Tsai and by four over Law, Uribe extended her lead when she birdied the first, but consecutive bogeys in the middle of her opening nine and an outward nine of 32 by Law had the pair tied at 12 under as they headed to the back nine.

The lead would then switch on several occasions before a birdie from six feet at the 54th and final hole by Uribe saw her secure her first title in 13 years and her first on the Ladies European Tour.

Uribe, who won the US Women’s Amateur Championship in 2007 at the age of 17, has not achieved the heights her amateur career suggested it might and, with retirement pending following this year’s Olympics in Paris, the victory comes as an important late milestone in a lengthy career on the LPGA Tour and in more recent times elsewhere.

“I’m happy, really happy,” Uribe beamed after the win. “I said in my head that 15 under was the number this week, so that’s what I went out to do,”

“I thought it was going to be a shootout of birdies. I struggled today with my putting but I knew the birdies were out there.

“I know Bronte (Law) well; she’s a close friend, and I said to myself, I’m going to play good, and if I lose, then I’m OK with that.”

Law will extend her lead on the 2024 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit as a result of her runner-up finish just one behind the winner, having won an event in Morocco in February.

Both players led at various stages over the closing nine and it came down to a final hole duel which Uribe won via a superb approach to 6 feet to which Law was unable to respond.

Spain’s Marta Martin finished alone in 3rd place although four shots from the winner.

20-year-old Queensland amateur Justice Bosio did best of the Australians when she finished in an impressive share of 6th despite three late bogeys.