Swiss Amateur Elena Moosmann clinched the VP Bank Ladies Open trophy after beating England’s Hayley Davis 1-up in a terrific final round’s matchplay at the GC Gams-Werdenberg. Roared on by a home crowd, Moosmann showed the cheering onlookers she has the potential to be a force in women’s golf for years to come.
The tournament featured a new format, called the "Mätzler-Mix", named after the event promoter, Guido Mätzler. The first two rounds were played in stroke play format and the final day featured three 9-hole matchplay matches, with the top 48 players from the 36 hole stroke play format vying for the title.
The final day began with the conclusion of round two, as thunderstorms had halted play late in the day on Saturday. Moosmann held the clubhouse lead on six-under-par with fellow amateurs Klara Wildhaber and Isabella Holpfer tied for the lead but with holes to play.
Wildhaber struggled in the cold conditions, dropping four shots in three holes, to fall back in to fourth overall whereas fellow amateur Austrian Isabella Holpfer maintained a share of the lead with a fine birdie on the 18th to join Moosmann at the top.
Following this, the top 48 players were seeded and drawn into matchplay, with two 9-hole rounds to decide the overall winner.
Following some fine golf in tricky conditions, home favourite Moosmann prevailed. Continuing from where she left off in the stroke play, the teenager was involved in a high class back and forth contest against a far more experienced opponent in England’s Hayley Davis but showed a cool head to claim her maiden LETAS title.
Reflecting on her first professional win, Moosmann clearly elated with a first LETAS victory, made all the more special being in her home country, said: “It’s special, I think tomorrow it’ll sink in. Being at home too, it was nice that some of my teammates were watching and supporting me”
Whilst the 17-year-old didn’t have it all her own way on the greens, her excellent play off the tee and approaches to the green saw her looking like she was very much at home in the pro ranks. When asked about her plans to celebrate, Moosmann showed her age: “Tonight, I have to go home and do something for school!”
The exciting youngster plans to enter more pro events in the coming months and is certainly one to watch out for in the 2019 LETAS series. Switzerland will also host the next LETAS event, with the Neuchatel Ladies Championship in Saint Blaise to be held on May 15th – 17th at the pristine Neuchatel Golf & Country Club.
Match Play Results - Round One
Hayley Davis def. Isabella Holpfer (Am) 2&1
Elena Moosmann (Am) def. Emma Nilsson AS
Manon de Roey def. Ariane Provot 2&1
Viva Schlasberg def. Klara Wildhaber (Am) 2&1
Anais Maggetti def. Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir 1 UP
Matilde Stenqvist def. Carolin Kauffmann 3&1
Anais Meyssonnier def. Katharina Muhlbauer (Am) 2&1
Georgia Price def. Elia Folch 2&1
Laura Gomez Ruiz def. Nastja Banovec AS
Tina Mazarino def. Greta Isabella Voelker 1 UP
Stefania Avanzo def. Kristalle Blum AS
Emilie Piquot def. Sanna Nuutinen 2&1
Maria Beautell def. Natalia Escuriola 3 UP
Maria Hernandez def. Katerina Vlasinova 4 UP
Charlotte Thompson def. Rachael Taylor 2&1
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso def. Anastasia Mickan 3 UP
Chloe Williams def. Dulcie Sverdloff 3 UP
Chiara Tamburlini (Am) def. Cloe Frankish 2&1
Verena Gimmy (Am) def. Melanie Maetzler 2&1
Nina Pegova def. Natasha Fear 2&1
Sofie Bringner def. Camilla Hedberg 1 UP
Sideri Vanova def. Caroline Rominger 2&1
Gemma Clews def. Sarina Schmidt (Am) 1 UP
Piti Martinez Bernal def. Anaelle Carnet 2 UP
Match Play Results - Round Two
Elena Moosmann def. Hayley Davis 1 UP
Isabella Holpfer (Am) def. Viva Schlasberg 1 UP
Anais Maggetti def. Emma Nilsson 2&1
Manon de Roey def. Matilde Stenqvist 4&3
Anais Meyssonnier def. Tina Mazarino AS
Gemma Clews def. Georgia Price 1 UP
Laura Gomez Ruiz def. Piti Martinez Bernal AS
Stefania Avanzo def. Sideri Vanova 2&1
Emilie Piquot def. Sofie Bringner AS
Maria Beautell def. Nina Pegova 1 UP
Maria Hernandez def. Verena Gimmy (Am) 3&1
Charlotte Thompson def. Chiara Tamburlini (Am) 3 UP
Chloe Williams def. Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso 2 UP
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