Overnight leader Meghan Maclaren finished one shot behind eventual leader Linda Henriksson at the VP Bank Ladies Open at GC Gams-Werdenberg, after triple-bogeying the 13th hole.
MacLaren looked set to score her second consecutive LET Access Series title after holding a two-shot lead with six holes to play, but would eventually sign for a final round 75.
Although the twenty-one-year-old was unable to claim her third LETAS victory, her performance kept her at the top of the LETAS Order of Merit.
Finn Henriksson claimed her first LETAS victory with a solid par round in tough conditions.
The Finn set the clubhouse lead at four under par, with Nina Pegova of Russia matching Henriksson’s round of 72 to draw level. None of the fifty-two players who had qualified for the final round were able to break par, as the strong and gusty winds took their toll.
Henriksson believed she had done enough to capture her first win when overnight leader Meghan MacLaren from England, failed to make a birdie on the final hole but there had been a mistake with Pegova’s numbers when informing the scorers and the Russian had also finished at -4 and not -3, as previously thought.
The two players had to go to a play-off to decide the title. Henriksson played the first extra hole, the short par five 18th, aggressively, hitting her drive on the fairway and placing her second shot on the green. Her Russian counterpart found the right greenside bunker with her second shot, left the bunker shot short and failed to convert her birdie. The Finn was left with a three-metre putt for her birdie and her first victory on the LET Access Series.
"I was extremely nervous in this play-off, my knees were trembling, and the last putt took an hour," said Henriksson.
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