Australian Ladies Professional Golf
Marianne Skarpnord takes Ballarat Icons title!
Date: 3rd February 2019

Marianne Skarpnord fired a superb 4-under par 68 in today 's final round of the Ballarat Icons ALPG Pro-am at Ballarat Golf club, to finish at 7-under par and secure a 1-shot victory over American Kim Kaufman and New South Welshwoman Celina Yuan.

The Norwegian had started the day 3 shots behind overnight leader Robyn Choi, after the Queenslander had opened with a flawless 6 under par 66. Skarpnord put herself right into contention heading into the back 9 after an opening front nine of 4 under par 32 and finished solidly, making a par at the closing hole for the victory.
Choi had started brightly with a birdie at her opening hole, before a double-bogey 6 at the short par 3rd hole, followed by a bogey at the 5th derailed her challenge. The 20-year-old managed to steady the ship on the back 9 eventually signing for a 74 to finish in 7th place.

Skarpnord's closest challengers were Kaufman, who shot a 5-under par 67 to finish at -6 and Yuan who shot a second successive 3-under par 69 to also finish at -6.

American Beth Allen, Tsai Peiying from Taiwan, and Englishwoman Hannah Burke all finished in a tie for 4th place at -4.

Results can be found HERE

Next stop on the 2019 ALPG Tour is the ISPS Handa Vic Open, to be held from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th February at  13th Beach Links at Barwon Heads, Victoria.  

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