Nuria Iturrioz wins her coveted Spanish Open



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Nuria Iturrioz wins her coveted Spanish Open
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After a close competition at Lauro Golf (Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga), Nuria Iturrioz (-6) declared after the second day that she wanted to win the Santander Spanish Women's Professional Championship "yes or yes, and if not it will be this year , will be next." But she didn't have to wait that long, as on Friday she was crowned champion by defeating María Parra (-5) in an exciting showdown.

Nuria Iturrioz, results

This is another triumph for the Mallorcan in this field, where she already won in 2019 and she continues her impressive year in which she has managed to return to glory by obtaining victories in both the Ladies European Tour and the Santander Golf Tour.

The skill of her winner, without a doubt, has played an important role in this difficult competition in the middle of the olive trees and holm oaks of the beautiful Andalusian route. In a high-level match, Nuria Iturrioz came out just one stroke behind Maria Parra, along with the third under-par player of the week, Mireia Prat (-2).

Being an aggressive player by nature, the Spaniard demonstrated this by tirelessly chasing the title in the final round. She began her game unceremoniously and her first five holes culminated in four birdies that significantly changed the standings.

María Parra demonstrated her ability to remain calm and determined in her competition against her rival and friend, Nuria Iturrioz, who had been her classmate at the Blume National School. Despite Iturrioz's successful birdies in seven holes, Parra kept pace with her and made it clear that the tournament was going to be a battle between the two.
In the second half of the course, the rain and the pressure of the spoils at stake were felt, generating doubts in both players.

On the 11th hole, Iturrioz made a birdie while Parra couldn't make her birdie. However, on the 13th hole, Parra regained the lead thanks to the problems of her opponent, who finished with a double bogey.
Although the balance was restored on the 14th hole, when Parra ended up in a bunker and failed to hole her first putt, both players showed great skill and determination in each shot, demonstrating why they are two of the best players on the circuit.

Finally, I have managed to obtain this title and place it in my display case. I feel very satisfied since I have always longed to achieve this goal and I have finally achieved it. From the beginning of the competition, I had to fight against Maria who presented me with a great challenge.

However, I came out determined to beat my own record in this field and I managed to do it. On the second nine holes it became more difficult to make birdies due to the heavy rain, but even so, the level I showed was very good.

I feel very comfortable in this field, it is like my home. Lauro has a family atmosphere and a positive energy that surrounds me. In life there are different stages and although in recent times it has been more complicated, I discover new aspects and advance to reach my best moment again.

I would like this victory to accompany me until 2024. I want to dedicate this victory to my family, coach and all the people who constantly give me their support and help, and especially to Piti (Martínez), who has been my caddy in recent years.

two months and has brought a great dose of positive energy. Evenly, the two contenders immersed themselves in the final three holes of the competition. María Parra could not make a five-foot putt on the 16th hole, which in the end turned out to be decisive, even though she did her best to regain her balance on the 18th with an impressive driver shot, one of the best of the entire tournament.

However, her approach fell short and there she lost the last opportunity to catch up with Nuria Iturrioz, who showed great solvency in the final stretch of the round. Other protagonists of the Spanish Women's Professional Championship in Santander were also waiting on the green of the 18th hole.

From Teresa Toscano (+2), who defended her title with great dignity, to Marta Martín (+3), who tied for fifth place with Harang Lee and was one of the stars in the first two days. Likewise, we highlight the Canarian Keira González (+5), ninth ranked and best amateur in Lauro Golf.