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Memorable moment, my 1st win on Ladies European Tour!
✏️ “Quotes from Ladies European Tour.”
Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands outlasted local star Yuting Shi in an enthralling final round duel to earn her first Ladies European Tour title at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China.
Van Dam, 21, from Arnhem, fired rounds of 70, 66, 67 and 68 to end on 17-under-par and one stroke ahead of Shi, who bogeyed the final hole at Orient Golf Club.
The pair started the final round, played in hot and humid conditions, tied for the lead on 13-under-par before Van Dam took control with a birdie on the second hole.
The tall and long-hitting Dutchwoman went two strokes ahead with an eagle at the par-5 fourth hole, but there was a two shot swing at the sixth, which Van Dam bogeyed and Shi birdied, before the diminutive Shi took the lead with a birdie on the seventh hole.
The 18-year-old Shi, from Beijing, then bogeyed the 10th, but quickly recovered with a birdie at the 11th. Van Dam missed a great opportunity on the 14th but levelled the scores when she made a 40cm birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole. Drama ensued at the 17th when Van Dam drove left onto the 18thfairway, but she hit an excellent recovery shot and matched Shi with a birdie.
The pair remained tied coming to the 18th tee, but Shi’s drive hit a tree and bounced back 30 yards down the fairway, meaning that she could not reach the green in regulation and took a pitch and two putts for bogey. Van Dam was able to make two putts from the back of the green for par to seal the victory, worth €45,000, in the event which was almost cancelled three weeks earlier due to a huge typhoon.
The players donated 10 per cent of their earnings to local relief efforts and the greenkeepers worked overtime to ensure that the course was in championship condition. For Van Dam, it could not have been any better and she said: “It’s a big boost. I mean, it’s my second year on tour and so far I didn’t reach my potential at all, so it’s pretty sweet to get this win.”
She added: “I’m just glad I stayed so patient out there today. On the sixth hole I made a bogey and from there I just made pars all the way in. I hit really good shots but my putting was not there yet. I said to myself, stay patient, because you never know what can happen. I mean, 16, 17, were absolutely crazy. On 16, I had a perfect distance for my gap wedge. I just looked at the pin and wanted to hole that shot. From the first hole, I pretty much just tried to hole every approach shot into the green.”
When asked if she felt nervous, she replied: “I have to say, today was pretty good. It was just the last putt: you could feel everything going nuts. It was so short, it was just straight back and straight through and in the hole.”
Runner-up Shi felt that the 18th hole had been ‘bad luck’ and said: “I tried my best with every single shot at the last hole, but it didn’t work out.”
Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras finished in third place on 14-under and Amelia Lewis of the United States was fourth.
In a tie for fifth with Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan and Yu-Ju Chen of Chinese Taipei, Lydia Hall from Wales registered her best finish on the LET since her victory at the 2012 ISPS HANDA Ladies British Masters. Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey and Malene Jorgensen of Denmark shared eighth place with Indian rookie Aditi Ashok, who recorded her fourth straight top-10 finish on the LET.
The 2016 LET continues with the Sanya Ladies Open in China, where Van Dam will be looking for a second straight victory in a fortnight’s time.
Saturday "Quotes from Ladies European Tour."
Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands rattled off five birdies in a 67 on day three of the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China to catch Chinese teenager Yuting Shi heading into the final round.
Locked at 13-under-par, the pair are two ahead of Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, while fellow Thai player Ajira Nualraksa is three strokes further back alongside Liu Yan of China (below).
With her breakthrough win on the Ladies European Tour in prospect, Van Dam’s confidence is high and the 21-year-old from Arnhem said: “Perhaps I’m over the jet lag.”
She began her third round with a nerveless birdie on the first hole and added another at the fourth. A run of seven straight pars then preceded three birdies in a row from the 12th hole, establishing a one stroke advantage. Shi, however, birdied the 16th and 17th to go one ahead before three-putting at the par-4 18th for her first bogey in 54 holes.
Van Dam, who is ranked second in driving distance amongst the regular Ladies European Tour players, explained the momentum charge on the back nine after she hit a confident drive down the par-5 12th fairway. “On 12, I hit it twice in the water on day one and day two and I just took my driver again and it was a good one,” she said. “I hit it on the green with my second shot and I had two good putts. The first almost went in for eagle, so that was a very easy birdie. On 13, I hit my wedge to four or five metres and holed a good downhill putt. On 14, I was 40 metres away from the pin and had a good pitch, expected it to go closer, but it was around one and a half metres and I holed that.”
Van Dam’s best finish in two years on the LET is 12th, at the 2015 Helsingborg Open which she followed up in February with a tie for 12th at the RACV Ladies Masters. She has shown flashes of brilliance with two rounds of six-under and has won twice on the LET Access Series: at the 2015 HLR Golf Academy Open in FInland and at the Citizenguard LETAS Trophy in Belgium in July.
She continued: “Any kind of pressure is something. I wouldn’t say it’s the same, but it’s definitely an advantage. I thought I would be nervous today but I walked to the first tee and was pretty relaxed. I made a birdie and from there I played quite well. My game feels quite good and because of that I don’t need to be really nervous. I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow again.”
Saturday Xiamen International Ladies Open China
“Quotes from Ladies European Tour….”
Van Dam used her prodigious length off the tee to full effect in a six-under 66, which equalled her lowest round in two seasons on the Ladies European Tour. Anne Van Dam of the Netherlands fired a six-under-par 66 in warm and breezy conditions at Orient Golf Club on Friday morning to set the clubhouse lead at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China.
After her round, Van Dam said: “I’m obviously very happy. My swing felt very good yesterday but I made some silly mistakes. I had six birdies but four bogeys. Today I went out there trying to eliminate the bad ones and continue with the good ones and I got off to a really good start. I was five-under after eight and had a bad drive on 12, but that was the only bad thing. It could have been even lower.
Commenting on the course condition following the historical typhoon which hit a month ago, the two-time winner on the LET Access Series continued: “The course is more open and for me, with my driving, it’s great. I hit a lot of drivers and with this heat I’m hitting it really far so on some holes I’m only 40 or 50 metres in front of the green and I’ve been taking advantage of that the last two days. The quality of the course is still really good.”
Saturday Quote golf.nl
Met nog één ronde te gaan in het Xiamen International Ladies Open in China is Anne van Dam gedeeld eerste. Dat is te danken aan een sterke ronde in 67 slagen (-5).
Anne van Dam begon ronde drie op de tweede plaats achter de 18-jarige leider Yuting Shi uit China. De speelster van Golf Team Holland maakte op de eerste negen twee birdies en toen drie birdies op rij, op de holes 12, 13 en 14. Op dat moment ging ze alleen aan de leiding. Van Dam eindigde haar ronde in 67 slagen (-5). Shi maakte op het eind van de ronde twee birdies maar ook een bogey en staat na 54 holes gelijk met Van Dam, op dertien onder par.
‘Misschien ben ik over mijn jetlag heen’, grapte de 21-jarige Van Dam over haar sterke ronde. De longhitter (nr 2 op de driving distance-ranglijst van de Ladies European Tour) speelde de par-5 12de zaterdag ‘voor de verandering’ heel goed. ‘Op dag één en twee sloeg ik hier in het water. Ik pakte opnieuw mijn driver maar nu was de afslag goed. Ik sloeg mijn tweede bal op de green en maakte twee goede putts, het was bijna een eagle.’
Van Dam is tweedejaars op de Ladies European Tour. Haar beste resultaat is een 12de plaats: in het Helsingborg Open van 2015 en de RACV Ladies Masters van 2016. Ze won wel al twee keer op de LET Access Series: in 2015 het HLR Golf Academy Open in Finland en dit jaar de Citizenguard LETAS Trophy in België.
‘Ik dacht dat ik vandaag al zenuwachtig zou zijn’, zei Van Dam. ‘Maar ik wandelde redelijk relaxed naar de eerste tee. Ik begon met een birdie en speelde daarna ook goed. Mijn spel voelt goed dus ik hoef niet nerveus te zijn. Ik kijk uit naar morgen.’
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