Just like last season, Laura Davies found a way to win Down Under, this time at the NZ Women's Open. Her closing 68 brought her to -9 overall and gave her a 2-shot victory over Pernilla Lindberg (63), Marianne Skarpnord (68), and Sarah Kemp (71). Also finishing in the top 10 were LPGAers Gwladys Nocera (67, -5), Linda Wessberg (69, -4), Iben Tinning (69, -4), Mina Harigae (70, -4), and Lorie Kane (71, -4). Diana D'Alessio broke 70 the 1st 2 rounds, but had to settle for T13 after going 79-71 over the weekend, joining Ashleigh Simon (who went 78-69 to close out the tournament) and Taylor Leon (67, -3).
Others who we'll be seeing on the LPGA later this season didn't finish quite so high. Here are their final results:
T18/-2 Dewi Claire Schreefel, Kristie Smith
T21/-1 Nina Reis
T26/E Jane Park (listed as Korean, is she the same player as Korean-American Jane Park?), Katie Futcher
T31/+1 Louise Stahle, Sarah-Jane Smith
T36/+2 Becky Morgan, Alison Walshe, Misun Cho
T47/+5 Azahara Munoz
Too early in the season to get very worried about finishes like these, but I do find it surprising that Munoz and Walshe got off to quite such cold starts. We'll talk LET Rookie of the Year implications after the ANZ Ladies Masters and Women's Australian Open are played over the next 2 weeks.