LET, Mariajo Uribe surprises all in Australia

Colombian Mariajo Uribe clinched a surprise victory at the NSW Women’s Open, a tournament on the Ladies European Tour, now in its 15th edition

by Andrea Gussoni
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LET, Mariajo Uribe surprises all in Australia
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Colombian Mariajo Uribe clinched a surprise victory at the NSW Women’s Open, a tournament on the Ladies European Tour, now in its 15th edition. The event took place at the Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club (par 72) in Magenta, New South Wales, Australia.

Uribe finished with a total score of 202 (67 65 70, -14), narrowly edging out Englishwoman Bronte Law, who finished second with 203 (-13). Two Italian players participated in the event: Virginia Elena Carta, who finished 49th with 219 (70 72 77, +3), and Alessandra Fanali, who, for the first time this season, failed to make the cut, finishing 116th with 154 (80 74, +10).

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Uribe took the lead during the second round, posting a 65 (-7, with seven birdies), the best score of the round and the tournament. In the third round, she saw her three-stroke lead diminish, but managed to hold off Bronte Law with a 70 (-2, with five birdies and three bogeys).

Law's impressive 67 (-5, with eight birdies and three bogeys) wasn't enough to force a playoff. This victory marks the first professional win for the 34-year-old Colombian from Giron, who turned professional in 2009 and has previously played on the LPGA Tour without securing any victories.

Last year, she lost her LPGA Tour card and had to settle for conditional status at the Qualifying School, with limited playing opportunities. Now, with this win, she may consider continuing her career on the European women's tour, possibly with better prospects.

Those trailing behind the top two contenders in the leaderboard were never in contention for the title: Spanish golfer Marta Martin finished third with 207 (-9), followed by Englishwoman Cara Gainer and Taiwanese Pei-Ying Tsai in fourth place with 208 (-8).

Danish player Nicole Broch Estrup and Australian amateur Justice Bosio, who had led after the first round and also posted a 65 (-7), finished tied for sixth with 209 (-7). Mariajo Uribe received a winner's check of €45,000 from a total prize purse of €300,000.

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