Jun 28th, 2016
GP's Golf Nurse wins Aegean Airlines Pro-Am
Congrats to Carly Booth
Words: John Dean
GolfPunk’s very own Golf Nurse Carly Booth carded a final round 67 on The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino in Greece to win the 2016 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and take home the first prize of €7,000, becoming the first female winner of the Pro-Am since it began in 2006.
Beginning the day two shots off the pace, Booth made substantial ground in the final grouping, eventually taking the lead with just two holes to play, and managed to hold off the chasing pack for her first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event victory with a -13 (200) total.
“I came here and did what I needed to do and I’ve had a great time doing it,” explained the two-time Ladies European Tour winner. “It’s a great boost for me to go back out on tour and get this winning feeling again because that’s what I want again.”
The leader at the start of Round 03, Paul Marks (PGA of South Africa), set the pace early on with a birdie at the first and their playing partner, Lee Rinker (PGA of America), also put the pressure on with a one-under par front nine. But Booth remained composed despite the efforts of the many chasers behind her:
“I didn’t know my position at all…so it was really just playing my own game and just against the two Pros I was playing with,” added Booth. “I knew I was two shots ahead – and we all birdied 16 and then Lee birdied 17, which took him to only one shot behind me. The 18th is a par five so I knew it was a birdie chance and I need to make one to make sure I’ve secured this winner’s spot.”
Rinker also shot one-under on his back nine for a two-under par 69 and a share of second place at -11 (202) with South Africa’s Jake Roos who’s final round four-under 67 was not quite enough to propel him into first.
A massive well done to Carly from all at GolfPunk Towers: keep it coming.