Originally posted at Golf.se
By Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana/Thomas Björn
Spain’s Ana Pelaez, 17, had to wait an entire year to get revenge. Last year, she held the 36-hole lead and eventually finished in a tie for second, one shot back, at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe held at Forsgården Golf Club. However, this year at Bro-Bålsta Golf Club she took it all the way to a win, earning a wild card to the LET’s Helsingborg Open, September 3-6, in the south of Sweden.
Pelaez started today’s round with a share of the lead with England’s Sophie Lamb at 8-under-par with Spain’s Maria Parra Luque chasing from third, four strokes behind.
After nine holes, Lamb held a one-shot lead over Pelaez after playing the front nine in even-par. Pelaez came back with a birdie on the 13th, while Lamb made two bogeys – on the 10th and the 14th. Pelaez came to the 18th with a one-shot lead at 8-under-par over Lamb, while Parra Luque trailed by two.
”I knew I had a good chance to win and just tried to focus on the 18th,” Pelaez said.
Her second shot on the 18th, from 150 yards, landed 15 feet right of the flag. Pelaez would roll in the putt and give an emphatic fist pump to close out the victory. She finished with rounds of 69-69-72 for a 9-under-par, 210 total.
”This win feels like a sweet revenge for me, because I was so close last year,” Pelaez said.
Thanks to the win, Pelaez is now ranked number one on the European PING Junior Solheim Cup Rankings, and will most likely be a part of the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team that will compete against the United States in Germany in September.
A closing bogey by Lamb dropped her into a tie for second with Parra Luque at a 6-under-par 213 total, who played her final 10 holes in four under par.
All three girls are now invited to the ANNIKA Invitational USA on February 12-15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Next year’s ANNIKA Invitational Europe will be held at Bokskogens GC outside Malmö in the south of Sweden, August 2-4, 2016.
Bokskogens Club Director Thomas Ahlberg is excited and proud of hosting next year’s event.
”Our club policy is to arrange bigger tournaments,” said Alhberg. ”We have a fantastic support from the members, who always are keen on helping out. We actually have a long list of volunteers who just love to help out during the tournaments. We also have a good cooperation with our community Svedala. Together we invite young people to test the game of golf during the tournament. And when it comes to ANNIKA Invitational Europe it feels spot on!”