Australians Bree Arthur and Nikki Campbell finished in the top 10 of the UniCredit Ladies German Open presented by Audi, after the final round was abandon after rain on Saturday night and throughout Sunday made no further play possible.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda managed to claim her third Ladies European Tour title on Sunday in a play-off against Charley Hull.
Ciganda and England’s Charley Hull were tied for the lead after 27 holes and officials decided that the tournament would be decided by a sudden death playoff at the par-3 15th, one of the few holes playable at Golfpark Gut Häusern near Munich.
Ciganda won the play-off with a birdie on the first hole.
Playing in a torrential downpour, Ciganda struck a 7-iron which left her around two metres, or six feet, from the hole. Hull used a three-quarter 6-iron shot to hit her ball around 20 feet from the hole and her birdie putt ended just a fraction short.
The title sponsor UniCredit generously agreed to pay the full prize fund rather than the contracted 50 per cent, meaning that Ciganda earned the full first prize cheque of 52,500 euro and an Audi Q5 car worth 50,000 euro.
After holing the winning putt, Ciganda, who had been celebrating her 23rd birthday on Saturday, was greeted on the 15th green in torrential rain by friends and family brandishing the Spanish flag.
The former European number one from Pamplona said afterwards: “I told my caddie to go and check the distance because we had where the pin was. He told me it was 149 and I knew that was my 7-iron. I was just on the range hitting 7-irons all the time. I hit a great shot, but I’m very lucky to make that putt because the greens, you never know, they were slow and I hit a good putt and won so I’m very happy!”
She and Hull will both have strengthened their claim to a debut place on the 2013 European Solheim Cup team this August.
For 17-year-old rookie professional Hull, this was her fifth second place finish in as many starts on the Ladies European Tour this year.
Rebecca Hudson from England finished the tournament in third place, based on the result which was decided on the two rounds already played.
Arthur finished the tournament at three-under-par and outright eighth, while Campbell is a further shot behind and tied for ninth.
NSW’s Nikki Garrett and Rebecca Artis finished in a tie for 22nd position at one-under. Victorian Stacey Keating was a further shot back and tied for 37th. WA’s Whitney Hillier and New Zealand’s Cathryn Bristow were tied for 49th. Karen Lunn finished tied for 59th.