Ladies European Tour
Jul 17th, 2020
Gabriella Cowley edges fifth Rose Series event
Hull and Hall in a share of runners up spot again
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The world-ranked 576th Cowley roared into the lead and was five-under after just twelve holes. However, it looked like all the good work had been undone when she double-bogeyed the 16th hole and playing partner Georgia Hall birdied to take the lead on four-under.
Sadly, for Hall, she had a final two holes to forget as after bogeying the 17th she fluffed approach to the last and followed it up with a three-putt to hand the lead back to Cowley.
Cowley, who has performed well throughout the Series, was delighted with her win.
"I played really well today, and a key highlight was making three consecutive birdies to start the back nine. The course was playing long and it is a tough test but the condition of it was unbelievable and it was a really good setup."
Charley Hull had also reached the four-under mark after a faultless opening twelve holes, but she too faltered double bogeying the 15th and bogeying the 15th. It was her second consecutive joint second-place finish and she now comfortably leads the Rose Series.
England's Annabel Dimmock was another ruing what might have been as she bogeyed her final two holes to also card a one-under 71 and join the six-way tie for second. The other players on the one-under mark were Heather MacRae of Scotland, Chloe Williams of Wales and Australia's Whitney Hillier.
Cowley from Essex picked up the winners cheque for £5,000 and now sits in third place in the overall standings for the Rose Ladies Series. The Series culminates in a three-day Grand Final held across three courses, North Hants, The Berkshire and Wentworth's West Course on 5th to 8th August.
Rose Ladies Series standings
1. Charley Hull 344.17 points
2. Gemma Dryburgh 297.5
3. Gabriella Cowley 233.33
4. Annabel Dimmock 229.17
5. Georgia Hall 222.5
There is a £35,000 prize fund for the Order of Merit, sponsored by American Golf with £20,000 for first, £10,000 for second and £5,000 for third place.