Kibsgaard Nielsen wins the Lombardy Open


Kibsgaard Nielsen wins the Lombardy Open
Kibsgaard Nielsen wins the Lombardy Open © Getty Images Sport - Alex Burstow / Stringer

Another success for the Danish Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen who with 208 (66 73 69, -8) shots won the Lombardia Ladies Open, the third to last seasonal tournament of the LET Access which was played in Italy and where Clara Manzalini finished in 24th ° place with 221 (71 77 73, +5).

Kibsgaard Nielsen, results

On the course of the Varese Golf Club (par 72), in Luvinate (VA) the Dane preceded the Spanish Maria Herraez Galvez and the Norwegian Dorthea Forbrigd, second with 212 (-4) and the English Emily Price, fourth with 213 (- 3).

In fifth place with 215 (-1) the British Amy Taylor and Gemma Clews, the Irish Lauren Walsh and the Swiss Chiara Tamburlini. Of the 16 Italians in the competition, it is worth highlighting a good performance by the amateur Federica Torre, 27th with 222 (+6) and by Stefania Croce, 32nd with 223 (+7), who for many years has played on the LPGA Tour with a second after playoffs in a Major (LPGA Championship, 2000).

Erika De Martini also won the prize, 40th with 226 (+10). Kibsgaard Nielsen is having a successful season. The Dane in fact celebrated her third title of the season (after hers in the Montauban Ladies Open and the Capio Ogon Trophy), to which are added three other top tens (two second places and a fourth).

The 24-year-old from Thisted has also had a fruitful amateur career, having won the Danish National Stroke Play Championship twice, first in 2017 and then in 2018, and having been part of the national team in international competitions for several years.

The LET Access moves to Spain, for the last two races of the season where there will be a heated contest to win one of the six 'cards' for the Ladies European Tour 2024, reserved for the top six in the order of merit. Created in 1979, this tournament series has encountered many difficulties establishing itself alongside the popular North American LPGA women's tour.

In 2006 the LET organized 21 competitions with prizes worth around €10 million in total. The two most important tournaments, the Masters in France and the Women's British Open in England, were held together with the American LPGA.

With a few exceptions, the 90 players who have achieved the most success in the previous year receive a card for the following season based on the order of merit, that is, the classification according to earnings. All other professional golfers have to participate in a series of tournaments to qualify and reach one of the top 30 positions there.