Maria Hernandez, third, best spanish in Terramar
Spectacular triumph of the Swedish Maja Stark (-at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya, with seven strokes recovered on the last day to sign his second victory in just four tournaments as a professional on the Ladies European Tour. Maria Hernandez, best Spanish and third with -4 with the Finnish Krista Bakker and the Scottish Kylie Henry, even consistency and quality to certify a great tournament and even dreamed of a victory that was not far behind.
Stark, which in Swedish means "strong", he knew how to impose himself on his rivals and the wind that blew during the decisive day at the Terramar Golf Club to make it clear that his youth is not at odds with a brilliant reality. PING Junior Solheim Cup player in 2017 and stellar amateur career, the Nordic has started her professional career with a frenetic pace that has led her to obtain three victories (two on the Ladies European Tour and one on the LET Access Series) in the last forty days.
With 65 hits, the best lap of the tournament, in the final round, Stark ended with -8 and two shots ahead of Slovenian Pia Babnik, another golfer who combines youth and excellence and who is nominated as a future star of the Ladies European Tour with only 17 years and already a victory on the circuit under his belt.
In addition to having a sonorous and superheroic surname (or seriéfilo, according to taste), Stark has an inevitable reference in the world of golf that he turns to for inspiration.
“When I was little I came to Tiger winning everything and, when I lack confidence I say to myself ‘I’m Tiger’ when it comes to striking the blow ", Maja Stark remembered with a smile, which also referred to the conditions of the last day. "I am used to, since I live in a place with a lot of wind and maybe I adapt better than other colleagues. The wind blew, but it also made me focus more on the goal and not think so much about technique, because I haven't hit the irons that well either ".
Despite these difficulties, Stark finished off with a great birdie in his last commitment and certified the turnaround in the classification at the expense, among other, from Argentina Maggie Simmermacher, leader after 36 holes with four strokes of margin.
Meanwhile, Navarre María Hernández, accompanied in the bag by her mother, led the Spanish contingent present at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya with a great display of regularity.
"I've been playing very well throughout the year, as the weeks went by, better and better. I always need a few good last holes or a day to square a tournament, Oh well, to continue with the good streak and to see if something better comes soon ", Hernández explained.
Behind, Laura Gómez and Carmen Alonso finished in seventeenth place next to the field.
Notes from Sitges
The garbí, one more guest at the Terramar Golf Club
The garbí, a prevailing wind on the Catalan coast, has been one of the great protagonists of the last day at Golf Terramar. With streaks of up 32 km/h, this wind blowing from the southwest wreaked havoc on the first holes of the course, and in the final stretch, of the 15 to 18, with the holes attached to the Mediterranean.
The #RaceToCostaDelSol enters its decisive stretch
The victory of the Swedish Maja Stark has raised her to sixth position in the Order of Merit of the Ladies European Tour. On the other hand, Navarre María Hernández has risen two places in the Race to Costa del Sol, to rank 26th after achieving his best result of the season and continues as the best Spanish golfer. There are only four tournaments left to meet the player who wins this distinction at the Andalusia Costa del Sol Open in Spain, last test of the season to be held from 25 to 28 November at Los Naranjos Golf Club.
Notable institutional support in the awards ceremony
The closing ceremony was chaired by the vice president of the Damm Foundation who presented the trophy that accredits Maja Stark as the winner of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya. Further, Aurora Carbonell, mayoress of Sitges, gave the award to the second classified, Pia Babnik. Finally, José María Gassó, president of Golf Terramar, Marta Figueras-Dotti, presidenta del Ladies European Tour, and Íñigo Aramburu, they gave the award to the third classified, Maria Hernandez, Krista Bakker and Kylie Henry. The event was also attended by the president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, Gonzaga Escauriaza placeholder image, and the president of the Catalan Golf Federation, Ramón Nogué.
Information on the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya 2021 it can be followed on the mediterraneanladiesopen.com website, the Twitter account @MeditLadiesOpen, the Instagram account @meditladiesopen and the Facebook page @MeditLadiesOpen.
The Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya 2021, Ladies European Tour tournament held at the Terramar Golf Club of the 1 to 3 October, It has the main sponsorship of Estrella Damm and the institutional sponsorship of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Sitges City Council, that has declared it an event of special relevance. The Romeu Group is co-sponsors, FIATC Insurance and Finisher, and collaborate in the ISDIN event (Official Skin Care), Audi Volkswagen Vilamobil (Mobility Partner), Kyocera (Document Solutions) and Extrasoft (IT Partner).