By Keith Jackson
Last updated: 03/07/20 00:56 am
Gemma Dryburgh won the third event in the Rose Ladies Series with a one-time victory over Georgia Hall and Cara Gainer in Buckinghamshire.
Dryburgh recovered from a rocky start and fired a three-under-69, which was enough to give it a second professional title, while Charley Hull returned to the top of the Order of Merit as her 71 scored one of only seven points in was in the red.
Former British Open champion of women, Hall, seemed ready to return a 69 when she fucked 14, 15, and 17, but the Solheim Cup star recently got into trouble and ran into an expensive Bogey-six – her second Six on the back nine.
Hall’s later mistake resulted in her finishing second with Gainer, who carded an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys, leaving Dryburgh the clear winner of the £ 5,000 first prize.
The Scotsman, who had her father Jim on his pocket on the day of his wedding day, had to dig deep after pounding two of the first three holes before hitting birdies on the fifth and eighth.
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She slipped over the map again when she made another mistake on the ninth, but she made the ideal start to the back-nine when she “popped” her third for an unlikely birdie.
The 27-year-old then took a decisive step with three birdies in four holes from the 13th, and she did well to stay at three when she took a crucial 20-foot putt to crawl a par on the 17th .
Dryburgh safely negotiated the 18th par to close with a relatively stress-free par, and she looked forward to “lots of drinks” to celebrate both her victory and her parents’ anniversary.
“It’s definitely the best win of my professional career since the only other one has been on the ALPG Tour before,” said Dryburgh. “It was a good field today and a great exposure for the game of women.
“I didn’t have a very good start, but then I took my third shot on the 10th after I was in the bunker. It was a good start for the back nine.”
“I did a couple of birdies before I got a reasonable putt for par at 17. I saw people following me and on the 18th my father said I had two putts for it. It was a really good back nine. “
Dryburgh, seventh at the opening event at Brokenhurst Manor, jumped second behind Hull in the Order of Merit, and Liz Young, one of the driving forces behind the series, finished third ahead of last week’s winner, Mac MacLaren.
It was also announced earlier in the day that another event had been added to the Grand Final, which will now start in North Hants on August 5 before continuing to The Berkshire. The top 35 and the draw qualify for the final 18 holes of the series on the west course at Wentworth on August 7th.
The field for the Grand Final will battle for a generous £ 35,000 in prize money thanks to support from title sponsor Computacenter, the UK’s leading provider of IT infrastructure services, while the Order of Merit winner will courtesy of a check for £ 20,000 to American Golf.