Kyriacou with her father Nick
19-year-old Sydney amateur, Stephanie Kyriacou, has not only won a Ladies European Tour event she has done so in the most emphatic fashion with an eight-shot victory at the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville in Coffs Harbour today.
Kyriacou may be Australia’s third highest world ranked amateur behind US Amateur Champion, Gabi Ruffels, and Grace Kim, but she has stolen a march on those above her with an emphatic win which provides her immediate access to the Ladies European Tour and a career in professional golf should she wish to take advantage.
She indicated after the win that she would discuss it with her father Nick, who was caddying for her, before making a decision.
“I’m lost for words and still on cloud nine,” said Kyriacou. “I think everything was going my way today. I was pretty confident going into the last round.
“I did get off to a good start. The first hole wasn’t great again, but after that I bounced back and had five birdies in a row. After that, I played a bit more defensive, because I assumed I had a bit of a lead by then.
“On the last hole, I was thinking about what would happen, but I told myself to get a par and then worry about it.”
After taking a two-shot lead into day four, birdies at six of the first eight holes for Kyriacou blew the field apart and through nine holes she led the field by ten after an outward nine of 29. When she birdied the par 5 10th it had been seven birdies in ten holes.
She would eventually win by eight over Korean Ayean Cho who claimed the first prize cheque of $A59,000 when she finished in outright second place, one ahead of Sweden’s Linnea Storm.
Breanna Gill was the next best of the Australians when she finished in a share of 10th place.