Ladies European Tour
Mar 6th, 2023
Lily May Humphreys wins the Joburg Ladies Open
20-year-old overturns six shot deficit ro take first LET title
Photography: Tristan Jones/LET
Humphreys then got on a roll with birdies on the 5th, 8th, 13th and 14th which put her into a share of the lead.
The 2021 LET Access Series Order of Merit winner then rolled in a birdie on the 16th to reach twelve-under-par which proved to be enough to win her first LET title.
“I’m pretty speechless,” said Humphreys. “I felt so nervous playing 18 and I just can’t believe I’ve done it. It’s an incredible feeling and I’m so overwhelmed right now.
“Today was simple golf, I stuck to the same game plan. I wasn’t as aggressive as other people on a few holes, it was what I felt comfortable with and what I felt was best for me and it obviously paid off for me this week. I stuck to my game plan and tried to play my best golf.
“On 15 was when I noticed, and I had a five-foot putt for par and I had just seen that I was tied for the lead. Luckily, I holed that and then followed up with a birdie on 16 and then I didn’t know I had a two-shot lead until I was basically putting on 18. The nerves properly kicked in then.
“I love it here in South Africa, I have been enjoying it. I have loved playing the Sunshine Ladies Tour. I’m in better form now and feel confident and I was happy that I was in the final few groups and I started off nicely, I just wanted to be near contention at the start of the day. To be where I am now is incredible.
“I’m really excited about the rest of the season, I’m really looking forward to what’s to come!”
Spain’s Ana Pelaez Trivino and Sweden’s Moa Folke finished in a share of second place on 10-under-par.
LET winner Pelaez Trivino had a solid final day carding a 69 (-4) which included seven birdies and three bogeys.
The Spaniard explained: “It was a good day with some frustrating moments, but I was pleased I could end the round with back-to-back birdies to have my best result of the season so far.”
Sweden’s Folke didn’t have the day she wanted producing a two-over-par fourth round, but this is her best-ever result on the LET.
“I struggled out there,” said the 27-year-old. “It wasn’t my best day, but at the end of the day I’m happy with second place and I get to try again next week. I’ll bring some positives from this week as there was definitely quite a few.
“I feel like three out of the four days here, I haven’t my played my best. To still be second considering that, I think that’s great and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Three players finished in a share of fourth place with South Africa’s Kiera Floyd, Czechia’s Klara Davidson Spilkova and Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup on nine-under-par.
South Africa’s Nadia van der Westhuizen ended the tournament with a round of 68 (-5) to finish in outright seventh place.
Three players rounded out the top 10 with Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley and South African pair Lee-Anne Pace and Nicole Garcia on seven-under-par.
In the 2023 Race to Costa del Sol, India’s Aditi Ashok still leads the way on 1,210 points with Sweden’s Maja Stark and England’s Humphreys in second place on 500 points.