When the day began it looked like any player in the top-10 could win with a low final round. Celia Barquin of Spain had a healthy lead when all players had made the turn. She was nine-under-par and four clear of Malene, the closest competitor.
A few holes into the back nine Celia and Malene separated themselves from the field. The title was theirs to win or lose. On the strength of birdies on 10, 11, 12 and 14, Malene overtook the lead for the first time. She was able to maintain her lead by saving par with a 20-foot putt on hole 16 and finished it off in style with birdies on 17 and 18.
”It was nice to go so low and shoot 65 (seven under par). My lowest score before this was five under”, said Malene after signing her scorecard.
She is all smiles and giggles when talking about going to Orlando in January to play in the ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort.
When she is told that in a month’s time she will tee it up in the Helsingborg Open on the Ladies European Tour she doesn’t realize it at first, then says, ”Really?! Wow! I didn´t know that. I have never played in a professional tour event at any level, this is going to be my first. It will be fun.”
Celia came in second and finished her round in style. She went for the green on the last hole, a drivable par 4 over water. She missed the green a bit to the right but got up and down for a birdie. She is also going to Orlando in January and so are the two Swedish players, Isabelle Johansson and Lisa Pettersson, who tied for third place at -4 total.
A great tournament is over. The 2013 ANNIKA Invitational Europe saw a top-field compete for 54 holes and in between rounds the girls interacted with each other and Annika. They had fun and they learned a lot from not just the playing side of things but also from Annika’s clinic and the workshops.
When you leave ANNIKA Invitational Europe it feels like you leave with more than just a score, you leave with new impressions and new friends.