Skarpnord Claims #AusLadiesClassic

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2019 Australian Ladies Classic Champion Marianne Skarpnord

Marianne Skarpnord from Norway ended at the age of eight to win the Australian Ladies Classic Pacific Bay Resort with two shots.

A 3-under-69 was enough to bring the Norwegian-born golfer past nightly leader Madelene Sagstrom with Hannah Green, the Australian who finished in second place next to the Spanish Nuria Iturrios at 6-under.

Skarpnord, who yesterday jumped into calculations with a front nine, stumbled early on with a bogey at the opening but went to the turn-1-under after recovery with back to back birdies on the 7th and 8th

No less than six players were in charge at a certain time during the day, because the difficult wind was difficult to score on the Bonville layout.

"It's nice to finally get a good score and be able to pressurize it", Skarpnord said in the aftermath of the trophy presentation.

"That's what I've felt in the last couple of years that when the pressure has been, I've failed and that was in my mind today.

"The only thing I kept thinking was to prove yourself how well you can play and prove yourself how good you are"

Skarpnord started the day with a back day leader Madelene Sagstrom but finished two for Hannah Green from Australia and Nuria Iturrios from Spain.

For Green, who still has to win a professional title at home, it was again a frustrating close call after a third place in the 2018 Women's Australian Open and top 10 here last year.

"Very disappointed about how I hit the first nine after a really good shot at first," she said about what was ultimately a 1-under-71.

"I had three or four photos that were very bad contact, and they were expensive, but I can not complain about the result and this year I had a real chance to win, so hopefully my time will come."

Also satisfied with her high finish was Iturrios who struck with a lead of 36 holes on Friday 67.

While that flyout buffer evaporated Saturday, the Spaniard continued its daring strategy in the final round and said that she would get a lot of confidence from the week.

"I love Australia and I was so happy with my game this week," she said.

"This year I play in America, and I am very excited for the season."

For Sagstrom, whose two-shot overnight lead disappeared with a double bogey on the third hole, it was a day of what could be.

She said that she felt that psychological errors had been expensive, but that she would take the positives of a predominantly good week.

"I made some big, bad decisions that I could not recover," she said about her 3-to-75.

"I was a bit greedy at some points and too defensive in others, you learn a lot when you're in this position, so …"

Skarpnord picks up a $ 52,500 check for victory and is now on top of the Ladies European Tour Order or Merit.

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