Camilla Lennarth earns maiden LET win in Slovakia


Camilla Lennarth fired a flawless final round of 66 to earn her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open presented by Respect at Golf Resort Tále in the Low Tatras Mountains.

The third year LET member ended on a four-round total of 11-under-par, four strokes clear of England’s Melissa Reid, with Scotland’s Sally Watson and England’s Hanna Ralph four shots further behind in a share of third.

All week, Lennarth had been hoping to see a bear at the Gray Bear golf course and her wish was finally granted when she received the trophy. “I really like this place and hopefully next time I’ll see a bear because that’s what I’ve been talking about all week!” she said.

The 26-year-old from Stockholm began the final round tied for the lead with Scots rookie Sally Watson but quickly gained the advantage with a birdie on the first hole, which Watson bogeyed. Watson then double bogeyed the second hole, opening up a four stroke gap.

Lennarth holed an incredible chip shot from just off the front of the ninth green for eagle to reach eight-under with a four-stroke advantage at the turn, but Reid closed the gap to just two strokes after birdies on holes 11, 14 and 15.

Lennarth replied by making a six-foot birdie putt on the par 4 15th and then rolled an uphill putt of 20 feet stone dead before tapping in for birdie on the par 5 18th.

For four-time tournament winner Reid, this was her best finish since her last victory at the Pilsen Golf Masters two years ago. Her final round 67 included six birdies and one bogey.

Tied for the lead overnight, Watson’s 74 included five birdies, five bogies and one double, but she was pleased to be making progress in her first year on tour.

For Ralph, who played her rookie year on the LET in 2010 before losing her card, a tie for third is her career best finish and the first cut she has made from four starts this year.