France’s Klatten wins NSW Women’s Open
Frenchwoman Joanna Klatten felt in perfect control as she fired a nine-under-par 63 to win the Women’s NSW Open by three strokes.
The 28-year-old, who finished at 16-under 200, made nine birdies in a flawless, course-record display around the Oatlands course to triumph over Canberra’s Nikki Campbell (66).
England’s Hannah Burke (68) and South Australian Stephanie Na (70) were a shot further back in a tie for third.
Klatten opened strongly with five birdies on the front nine, and finished the victory in style with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
“It was fantastic,” Klatten said. “I have to say it was one of my best rounds of golf ever.
“I have shot nine-under before as an amateur, but this one felt like I was in perfect control of my game and my emotions, so I am extremely happy.
“I just played really great from tee to green, putted well, chipped well, hit almost every fairway in regulation.”
It was Klatten’s second professional tour victory, and both have come in Australia. The other was at the 2012 Victorian Women’s Open.
Klatten’s triumph followed a good season on the Ladies European Tour, where she was 13th on the money list last year.
Klatten also won Australian pro-am events in Yamba and Antill Park this year, and she now heads across the Tasman the New Zealand Women’s Open.
For Campbell, a six-under-par final round wasn’t enough to secure a second ALPG Tour victory, but she was well satisfied with her week.
“It was really good,” Campbell said. “That was the best finish I have had in this tournament, so I was pretty happy with how I played all week.”
Minjee Lee won the leading amateur medal, after the Australian Amateur champion finished 11-under-par and tied for fifth.
Lindsey Wright, who was the overnight co-leader with Na, finished with a share of fifth place with Kristie Smith (70) and Lee.
Crowd favourite Laura Davies finished 19th at five-under.