Fubine Monferrato, June 5:A late double bogey on the Par-4 17th spoiled Vani Kapoor’s card and she dropped from a Top-20 finish to T-31st at the Ladies Italian Open presented by Regione Piemonte. Vani ended with cards of 73-72-72 for a total of 1-over 217, while another Indian Amandeep Drall (74-71-74) at 3-over was T-39th.
The other Indians Tvesa Malik, Ridhima Dilawari and Neha Tripathi missed the cut.
Morgane Metraux of Switzerland who had a 69 in the regulation final round eagled the first extra hole in a three-way play-off with amateur Alessandra Fanali (67) and England’s Meghan MacLaren (67).
Metraux birdied three of the last four holes at Golf Club Margara and needed a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to win outright in regulation play, but her putt from six feet lipped out and she tied on 10-under-par 206 with MacLaren and Fanali.
Vani opened the final round with a bogey but steadied herself with a birdie on the Par-5 fifth for the third time in three days. She added birdies on 11th and 16th and looked set for a Top-20 finish. Then came the double bogey and she finished with a par on Par-5 18th for 72.
Amandeep birdied the fifth and then had a disastrous run of four bogeys in six holes between 10th and 15th before finishing with a birdie for 74.
After MacLaren and Fanali both made two-putt birdies in front of a large gallery, Metraux then holed a 20 foot eagle putt to earn the victory, before embracing her father, Olivier, who was acting as her caddie.
Following her tie for third in the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open last week, Metraux moved up to 10th on the Race to Costa del Sol Ranking, while MacLaren, who tied for second, moved up to sixth place.
Another Italian amateur, Carolina Melgrati, tied for fourth place with South African Casandra Alexander, while Lee-Anne Pace, also of South Africa, who held a three-stroke lead after she holed out for eagle on the fourth hole, had to settle for sixth place.
The third Italian player in the top 10 was Roberta Liti, who shared seventh with Kim Metraux and Nuria Iturrioz from Spain.
The LET now moves to Sweden for the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik and Annika, a mixed gender event with the DP World Tour.
Ridhima Dilawari receiving winner's award from Mr. Sanjeev Mehra, Sr. Member-KGA