Maritz Finishes 3rd in Irish Open

 
Laurette Maritz of South Africa pictured at Golf Club D'Aro during the Catalonia Ladies Masters last year. Picture: Tristan Jones/LET.
South Africa’s Laurette Maritz stormed to a second top-scoring tournament total during 2007 at the Hilton Templepatrick Golf Course, as inclement weather failed to dent her the Northern Ireland Ladies Open ambitions. 
 

South Africa’s Laurette Maritz stormed to a second top-scoring tournament total during 2007 at the Hilton Templepatrick Golf Course, as inclement weather failed to dent her the Northern Ireland Ladies Open ambitions.
 
Maritz finished one shot off the pace with a one-under par final round of 71, and a tournament total of 215, when England’s Lisa Hall defeated France’s Gwladys Nocera in an eight-hole play-off to claim her second Ladies European Tour victory in the Northern Ireland Ladies Open on Sunday.
 
Maritz scored five birdies against a two bogeys and a double to finish near the top of the leaderboard for a second time in four tournaments, and she will be pleased her performance which places her in the top 25 of the LET’s 2007 money list.
 
At the end of the tournament, five players shared third position with Maritz for a  one-under-par tournament total, including Becky Brewerton of Wales (69), England’s Felicity Johnson (70), Australia’s Sarah Kemp (71) and Joanne Mills (73), and Spain’s Tania Elosegui (71).
 
Ashleigh Simon was the other South African to make it past Saturday’s cut, and improved on a under-par day two to post a 73-shot final round, for a share of 20th position, and her first paycheck as a rookie professional.
 
Finishing in the top third of the finalists, Simon has put herself on to the Rookie of the Year Order of Merit list with this finish, and will have the assurance that much better will be seen of her.
 
For a tense tournament ending, top finishers Nocera and Hall both finished regulation play tied on two-under-par, after they both carded one-under-par 71s in the final round at Hilton Templepatrick GC.
 
After playing the 470-yard par-five 18th-hole six extra times in pouring rain, they then played the 381-yard par-four first-hole, followed by the 18th again.
 
At the eighth extra hole, Nocera, a three-time winner on the LET last year, hit her second shot into the water hazard on the left side of the fairway.
 
She remained in the hazard after hitting her third shot and took three more to get down, resulting in a bogey.  It was then left to Hall to roll in a four-foot birdie putt for victory in what was one of the longest play-offs in the recent history of the LET.
 
A water drenched Hall said: “I’m absolutely delighted. The Guinness is on me!” She attributed her victory to hard work and the help of her husband, Martin Hall, who is also her long-time golf coach. Hall also coaches US Tour star Morgan Pressel.
 
Hall, 39, from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, quit golf in 2005 but came back for the 2006 Swiss Open, where she finished third and then played ten tournaments last season. “I enjoy playing and I felt like I could still play well. To win is a big thrill,” she said.
 
Prior to her victory Hall had made two of six cuts this season, with her best finish a tie for 30th place in the Tenerife Ladies Open. She is now taking a week off but will return to action in a fortnights’ time for the Catalonia Ladies Masters.

 
 
Northern Ireland Ladies Open
Hilton Temple Patrick
1st – 3rd June 2007
Tournament Final scores:
214 – Lisa Hall (ENG) 74 69 71 (won with a birdie at the eighth extra hole)
214 – Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 75 68 71
215 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 72 74 69, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 73 72 70, Laurette Maritz (SA) 73 71 71, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 71 73 71, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 73 71 71, Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 70 73
216 – Kirsty S Taylor (ENG) 77 72 67, Samantha Head (ENG) 73 71 72
217 – Martina Eberl (GER) 75 71 71, Helena Alterby (SWE) 72 73 72
218 – Kris Lindstrom (USA) 73 72 73, Sophie Walker (ENG) 75 69 74, Lora Fairclough (ENG) 75 68 75, Nicole Gergely (AUT) 74 68 76, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 72 69 77
219 – Leah Hart (AUS) 71 76 72, Lynn Brooky (NZ) 75 71 73
220 – Asa Gottmo (SWE) 77 74 69, Rikke Rasmussen (DEN) 76 73 71, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 73 76 71, Danielle Masters (ENG) 73 74 73, Ashleigh Simon (SA) 71 76 73, Tamara Hyett (AUS) 74 71 75, Sara Beautell (ESP) 72 71 77, Libby Smith (USA) 71 72 77
221 – Sarah Nicholson (NZ) 76 74 71, Stefania Croce (ITA) 74 75 72, Louise Stahle (SWE) 73 76 72, Anna Temple (USA) 74 75 72
222 – Marina Arruti (ESP) 73 76 73, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 74 74 74, Nora Angehrn (SWI) 69 75 78, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 71 73 78
223 – Kristie Newton (AUS) 72 77 74, Shani Waugh (AUS) 75 73 75, Claire Coughlan (IRE) 75 73 75, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 73 73 77, Kirsty Taylor (ENG) 72 73 78
224 – Christine Hallstrom (SWE) 77 74 73, Suzanne Dickens (ENG) 78 73 73, Trish Johnson (ENG) 75 75 74, Emma Zackrisson (SWE) 76 74 74, Elin Ohlsson (SWE) 75 73 76, Ludivine Kreutz (FRA) 75 72 77, Anna Rawson (AUS) 75 72 77, Natalie Claire Booth (ENG) 73 73 78
225 – Elisabeth Esterl (GER) 75 76 74, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 78 73 74, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 76 74 75, Karen-Margrethe Juul (DEN) 78 72 75, Rebecca Coakley (IRE) 74 76 75, Elizabeth McKinnon (NZ) 72 72 81
226 – Clare Queen (SCO) 76 75 75, Martina Gillen (IRE) 78 73 75, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 78 73 75, Stefanie Michl (AUT) 72 77 77
227 – Laura Terebey (USA) 77 74 76, Lill Kristin Saether (NOR) 74 77 76, Karen Lunn (AUS) 77 74 76, Federica Piovano (ITA) 74 76 77, Lynn Kenny (SCO) 73 76 78
228 – Katy Jarochowicz (AUS) 74 76 78
230 – Anna Knutsson (SWE) 75 76 79, Danielle McVeigh (Am) (IRE) 72 78 80
231 – Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 76 75 80, Fame More (ENG) 78 73 80, Patricia Beliard (FRA) 71 78 82
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