Meghan MacLaren – photo Ladies European Tour
England’s Meghan MacLaren has won the Australian Women’s Classic at the Bonville Golf Resort in Coffs Harbour, a birdie at the last hole edging her clear of Sweden’s Maja Stark in the event reduced to 54 holes after weather interruptions earlier in the week.
After an outward nine of 37 today, MacLaren had lost her 36 hole lead but she stormed home with a final nine of 4 under 33 to regain the lead and eventually win by one over Stark, both players producing birdies at the final hole with Stark finishing two clear of England’s Hannah Burke, Spain’s Carmen Alonso and Argentinian Magdalena Schimmermacher.
For the 27 year old MacLaren, it was her third win on the Ladies European Tour, the first coming when successful at the NSW Women’s Open in 2018. She also won the NSW Women’s Open in 2019 and from her current ranking of 419th in the Rolex Ranking she will improve sharply.
MacLaren wins €36,000 for her efforts and will head to next week’s Women’s NSW Open at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club on the Queensland/NSW Border where she will face a similar field in attempting to secure her third victory in the event.
The leading Australians were amateurs Justice Bosio and the 15 year old from the Gold Coast, Sarah Hammett who tied for a very impressive 6th place at 6 under and four from the lead
Pre-tournament favourite, Sarah Kemp, left her best to last with a final round of 68 to finish tied for 8th.