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Golf - 22. April 2013.

Skarpnord wins SA Women's Open

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It was the shortest tournament victory in the career of Marianne Skarpnord. But it was also the toughest.

The Norwegian was declared the winner of the South African Women's Open on Sunday after yet another brutal day of weather on the South Coast. With only the first round having been completed on Friday before the rain hit, the tournament was always under pressure to beat a freak run of weather.

Saturday's play was completely washed out. Sunday allowed for a few holes of play before first the rain caused a suspension, and then gale force winds hit the course. At around 16:00, with the forecast for Monday showing equally strong winds, the Ladies European Tour and tournament promoters took the decision to declare the winner based on the first round scores alone.

Skarpnord's three-under-par 69 was therefore good enough for the win. South Africans Ashleigh Simon and Stacy Bregman, Finland's Minea Blomqvist, England's Charley Hull, Sweden's Camilla Lennarth, America's Katie Burnett and German Nina Holleder all shared second place on tow-under-par 70.

"It's not the way we all would have liked to end the tournament, but we all understand how difficult the weather was. It was a very challenging week for everybody," said Skarpnord.

South Africa's Kim Williams finished as the leading amateur following her round of level-par 72, earning her the Jackie Mercer Trophy.

1              Marianne SKARPNORD              NOR              69
2              Camilla LENNARTH                    SWE            70
                Stacy Lee BREGMAN                RSA              70
                Charley HULL                            ENG              70
                Katie BURNETT                          USA              70
                Minea BLOMQVIST                    FIN                70
                Ashleigh SIMON                        RSA              70
                Nina HOLLEDER                        GER              70
9              Valentine DERREY                    FRA              71
                Cathryn BRISTOW                      NZL              71
                Rebecca HUDSON                    ENG              71
                Line VEDEL                              DEN              71
                Mallory FRAICHE                      USA              71
                Miriam NAGL                              GER              71
                Emily TAYLOR                          ENG              71
16            Nontaya SRISAWANG                THA              72
                Sarah KING                                AUS              72
                Melissa EATON                          RSA              72
                Ursula WIKSTROM                    FIN                72
                Nicola EATON                            RSA              72
                Becky BREWERTON                  WAL              72
                Kim WILLIAMS                          RSA              72
                Trish JOHNSON                        ENG              72
                Katy MCNICOLL                        SCO              72
                Lee-Anne PACE                        RSA              72
                Celine PALOMAR                      FRA              72
27            Holly CLYBURN                        ENG              73
                Alana VAN GREUNING              RSA              73
                Florentyna PARKER                  ENG              73
                Laurette MARITZ                        RSA              73
                Lucie ANDRE                            FRA              73
                Kylie WALKER                          SCO              73
                Melanie MAETZLER                    SUI              73
                Daniela HOLMQVIST                  SWE            73
                Nikki CAMPBELL                      AUS              73
                Georgina SIMPSON                    ENG              73
                Louise LARSSON                      SWE            73
                Ji Sun KANG                              KOR              73
                Marion RICORDEAU                  FRA              73
                Tania ELOSEGUI                        ESP              73
                Kaisa RUUTTILA                        FIN                73
                Monique SMIT                            RSA              73
                Sophie WALKER                        ENG              73
44            Zuzana KAMASOVA                  SVK              74
                Joanna KLATTEN                      FRA              74
                Margherita RIGON                      ITA                74
                Linda WESSBERG                    SWE            74
                Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN            THA              74
                Nikki GARRETT                          AUS              74
                Danielle MONTGOMERY            ENG              74
                Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN            FRA              74
                Nicole BECKER                        RSA              74
                Henriette FRYLINCK                  RSA              74
                Stacey KEATING                        AUS              74
                Mikaela PARMLID                      SWE            74
56            Malene JORGENSEN                DEN              75
                Jade SCHAEFFER                    FRA              75
                Yu Yang ZHANG                        CHN              75
                Tandi CUNINGHAM                    RSA              75
                Michaela FLETCHER                  RSA              75
                Maha HADDIOUI                        MAR            75
                Veronica ZORZI                          ITA                75
                Pamela PRETSWELL                  SCO              75
                Connie CHEN                            RSA              75
                Gwladys NOCERA                      FRA              75
                Magda KRUGER                        RSA              75
                Bianca THERON                        RSA              75
                Marjet VAN DER GRAAFF          NED              75
69            Jia Yun LI                                  CHN              76
                Whitney HILLIER                        AUS              76
                Alexandra VILATTE                    FRA              76
                Maria SALINAS                          PER              76
                Cheyenne WOODS                    USA              76
                Carly BOOTH                            SCO              76
                Sophie SANDOLO                      ITA                76
                Morgana ROBBERTZE              RSA              76
                Iliska VERWEY                          RSA              76
78            Lydia HALL                                WAL              77
                Hannah BURKE                          ENG              77
                Xi Yu LIN                                  CHN              77
                Anais MAGGETTI                      SUI              77
                Julia DAVIDSSON                      SWE            77
                Cecilie LUNDGREEN                  NOR              77
                Sahra HASSAN                          WAL              77
85            Michelle DE VRIES                    RSA              78
                Anne-Lise CAUDAL                    FRA              78
                Leigh WHITTAKER                      GER              78
88            Bree ARTHUR                            AUS              79
                Bonita BREDENHANN                NAM            79
                Caroline AFONSO                      FRA              79
                Cara GORLEI                            RSA              79
                Caryn LOUW                              RSA              79
                Tiffany AVERN-TAPLIN              RSA              79
94            Tijana KRALJEVIC                      RSA              80
                Elina NUMMENPAA                    FIN                80
                Nobuhle DLAMINI                      SWZ            80
                Mandy ADAMSON                    RSA              80
                Izel PIETERS                              RSA              80
99            Ashleigh HOLMES                      RSA              81
                Lara WEINSTEIN                        RSA              81
101          Danielle MCVEIGH                    IRL                82
                Paula HURTADO                        COL              82
                Kim BROOKES                          RSA              82
                Monja RICHARDS                      RSA              82
105          Sharmila NICOLLET                    IND              85
106          Betty MOKOENA                        RSA              86
107          Virginia ESPEJO                        ESP              88
                Nicole LOESCH                          RSA              88
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