Falkirk-based American Beth Allen won $3,750 (Australian dollars) in capturing her first Australian LPG title, the Pennant Hills Australian Ladies Professional pro-am, in a play-off in Sydney.
Allen and Australians Stacey Keating and Su Oh posted six-under-par 67 to finish two clear of a field of 72.
Allen won the sudden-death play-off at the third extra hole. The American, who won the Ladies Tartan Tour championship last year, was thrilled with her victory Down Under.
“I’m excited, it was a good day and it was fun to win in a play-off, even though it was against good friends.”
Allen's length off the tee enable her to birdie all the par 5s.
“I hit all of them in two except for the 3rd, so that helped a lot. Missed a lot of short ones, but my long putts were great, so that helped a lot."
The win will help Allen achieve her goal of qualifying for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open through the ALPG Money List.
“That’s my goal, Royal Melbourne is my favourite place in the world, I came out early just to be sure I have every chance to qualify,” said Beth.
Sharing fourth place were England’s Holly Clyburn and Sophie Walker and Austrian Christine Wolf after rounds of 69. They each earned $1,250.
Five players finished a further shot back including Ellon's Michele Thomson whose three-under 70 gave her a joint seventh finish and $795.
Kylie Walker and Laura Davies tied for 30th place on 74 and each earned $58.
LEADING FINAL SCORES
67 Beth Allen (USA), Su Oh (Aus), Stacey Keating (Aus). Allen ($3,750) won play-off at third extra hole. Oh and Keating $2,187 each.
69 Sophie Walker (Eng), Christine Wolf (Aut), Holly Clyburn (Eng, Aliza Huff (Aus) ($1,250 each).
70 Michele Thomson (Sco) (T7) ($795).
71 Hannah Burke (Eng) (T12) ($443).
74 Laura Davies (Eng), Kylie Walker (Sco) (T30) ($55 each).
75 Eleanor Givens (Eng) (T45)
76 Lauren Blease (Eng) (T56).
77 Rebecca Codd (Ire) (T56).
Field of 72 players.