Bregman Rewards New Star

Becky Brewerton (Wales) has won the Golf Punk Ladies English Open on the Chart Hills GC, in Kent, England. Credit: Tristan Jones / LET
Wales’ Becky Brewerton carded a final round 68 to clinch her maiden career Ladies European Tour victory at the Ladies English Open, but for

South Africa
the weekend’s most exciting development will be the continued good form of LET rookie Stacy Lee Bregman.

After a par opening round on Friday, Bregman struggled more on Saturday for a two-over finish, but the newly-sponsored New Star Rookie showed her mettle on Sunday, posting her tournament best two-under par for an even-par Golf Punk Ladies English Open in Kent, England.

By not allowing the gap to the leaders to widen on the final day Bregman demonstrates that she is capable of the best, and is intent on a big showing any day now.

Bregman will be particularly happy to have broken into the top 10 of the 2007 Rookie of the Year Order of Merit, with her share of the spoils elevating her to tenth spot.

New sponsor New Star will welcome the South African’s 13-place leap up their 2007 LET season Money List, who earned her best paycheck so far and 74th spot in the list.

The ever-pragmatic Bregman was signed up by New Star along with
England’s Sophie Walker and

’s Claire Coughlan during the course of the last week, according to the LET.

“You have just got to accept that every day and every tournament could be different,” Bregman said. “You can’t let it play on your mind. I know I am good enough to play out here (on the Tour) so no matter what the conditions,

“I have to play in it because this is my profession,” she concluded. “You are not always going to have perfect conditions.”

Meanwhile, the popular winning Brewerton from Abergele mixed five birdies and one bogey for a seven-under-par 209 total and a three shot victory over
Sweden’s Linda Wessberg (68),
England’s Kirsty Taylor (69) and Karen Stupples (71) at Chart Hills Golf Club in


Having come close to her first win on numerous previous occasions over the last four years – she has posted 16 top-tens including four runner-up spots – Brewerton was understandably emotional.

“It means so much to me. I’ve been trying for so long. To finally do it is just unbelievable, unbelievable,” said Brewerton, fighting back tears. “I can’t believe it. I’m just in shock.”

Wales’ top player on the LET began the day in a four-way tie for the lead with Stupples, compatriot Eleanor Pilgrim and

’s Cecilia Ekelundh, and was tied for the lead with Stupples on five-under-par at the turn.

But after a solid outward half of 34, Brewerton picked up birdies at holes 10, 12 and 16 to reach eight-under-par with a four stroke cushion standing on the 18th tee.

She was able to bogey the last to seal her victory and a first prize of €24,750 and she added: “To have had such a cushion coming up the last was just massive. It was such a good situation to be in. Coming up the last I knew I had a cushion.

Brewerton was then soaked in champagne by her friends Danielle Masters and Lynn Kenny before running into the crowd to celebrate with parents Steve and Paula.

“It was just so good to have my mum and dad here. I always thought they’d be here for my first win. This is only the second event they’ve been to this year,” said Brewerton.

Brewerton moves up one place to sixth on the New Star Money List and jumps from ninth to fourth place in The European Solheim Cup Team qualification list. The top five players following the
Wales Ladies Championship in August will face the

United States
team at Halmstad Golfklubb in September.

“That’s massive. Obviously now it’s getting to a really crucial stage. We’ve got the Evian, the British, Swedish and

still left for other people still to get in but I’ve given myself a really good chance now,” said Brewerton. “If I can come into some good form for those four tournaments that would be amazing but again I’ve got to try so hard not to think about that because it’s just so exciting to be in with a chance.”

Stupples, who was playing in her first tournament since giving birth 10 weeks ago, was pleased with her efforts and said: “This tournament is really two weeks early for me from where I wanted to be fitness wise. I’m so happy. Tied for second – what more could I ask for really?

“I started to really run out of steam once I’d made the turn. It was not so much physically as the mentally that the steam ran out.

“When it came to the crunch, a lack of competition and having plodded my way around a golf course for the last month or so with nothing riding on it took its toll. Really I exceeded any kind of expectations I had for the week and I can only be really happy with what I’ve done.


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