European women's golf: Albatross helps Florentyna Parker win in Italy
Last Updated: 29/06/14 6:23pm
Florentyna Parker conjured up a remarkable back nine albatross en route to snatching a one-stroke victory in the 54-hole Ladies Italian Open.
The 25-year-old English professional holed out from 165 yards, with a 6-iron, at the par-five 14th, and which was the crucial blow in her battle to see off compatriot Holly Clyburn.
Parker made pars over the final four holes for a closing four-under 68, while Clyburn’s bogey-five at the 360-yard 17th ended her challenge at Perugia Golf Club.
Clyburn left her tee shot under a bush and, after taking a penalty drop, missed her par putt from six feet and she eventually signed for a 70.
Another English player, Rebecca Hudson, was a further stroke adrift following a 71.
Parker, who needed to get up and down on the 18th to claim her second Ladies European Tour title, said: "It's been too long. My grandpa is Italian so it was actually the perfect week.
"I played quite well from the start. I was one under through nine and bogeyed 10 so I was level after 10 and I said to my mum (and caddie), 'okay, three more birdies'.
"I happened to make a long par putt on 12 and then I holed my six-iron on a par five.
“I pared in, because that was still tricky, on the last hole. I thought it was a good shot and then the up and down was very good."
The victory qualifies Parker for the 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open at her home club of Royal Birkdale.
Top 10 finishes (par 72):
209: Florentyna Parker (Eng) 68
210: Holly Clyburn (Eng) 70
211: Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 71
213: Diana Luna (Ita) 72
214: Pamela Pretswell (Sco) 70
214: Veronica Zorzi (Ita) 72
214: Stacy Lee Bregman (Rsa) 71
215: Whitney Hillier (Aus) 74
215: Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 70
215: Sophie Sandolo (Ita) 73