Maritz, Simon Struggle on Day 4

by | Oct 30, 2006

Laurette Maritz finished her final round of the inaugural Dubai Ladies Masters with a three-over par 75, earning herself a share of 28th place and a cheque of €4,725, while amateur compatriot Ashleigh Simon closed her game with her worst round five-over 77, to finish one shot behind with a share of 36th place.

Simon shot four birdies, but a string of bogies with one double and a triple with two holes to go sunk any chances of rising up the leader board on Sunday.

Playing as the sole amateur after day two, Simon does not take home cash winnings, but having made the cut for the first time on a foreign professional championship will be sufficient reward for this talented 17-year-old.

Maritz by contrast only shot one birdie, but two bogies and a double on nine also recorded her worst round of the debut Emirates Golf Course tournament.

Meanwhile women’s golfing supreme Annika Sorenstam deserted the playing field to achieve an emphatic victory, her 18-under par 270 a massive six shots clear of nearest competitor, Swedish Helen Alfredsson.

Having established a comfortable lead on day one after scoring a superb seven-under 65, Sorenstam only needed consistently good scores of 68-68-69 on the remaining three days to ensure her advantage was counted all the way to winning the cup, and her €75,000 prize money.

Laurette Maritz 69-74-73-75; 291
Ashleigh Simon 75-71-69-77; 292

Live scoring, tournament scores and statistics available at the Ladies European Tour website, for more information click on the ‘Information Centre’ tab under the Live Scoring window.

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