Sara Engsig claimed the 12th RAK Ladies Amateur Open after a final hole sudden death playoff with Natalli Gupta. The EGF Order of Merit qualifier saw a broad spectrum of age and experience as all competitors battled for the same thing, to be crowned RAK Ladies Champion. Both Sara, who won the event back in 2009, and Natalie both carded 3 over totals of 75. After nine holes Natalli found herself 2 shots ahead following a 1 over front nine compared to Sara’s 3 over with all 3 shots being dropped on hole 2 following a 7. Miraculously Sara fired in 9 straight pars on the back nine whilst Natalli dropped 1 each on the difficult 10th and 16th. This tied total meant that both would continue down the 18th until a winner was decided.
Both Sara and Natalli played there first two shots comfortably down the fairway both leaving themselves fairly straightforward approach shots. Natalli was first to go which saw a slight pull to miss the green pin high. Sara then fired in a spinning shot to about 10 feet. Natalli’s strong chip and missed put for bogey meant that Sara could calmly roll her ball up to the side of the hole for a tap-in par and victory. The last of the gross prizes was collected by Hannah Mannion who fell one shot shy of the play-off with a score of 76.
Kellie Garchaga blew away the field in the net division after a blistering 65. Kellie did all the damage on the front 9 following 7 net birdies and a 2 net pars for a 29 out total. If it wasn’t for an unfortunate double bogey on the last she would have also found herself in the championship play-off. Her net score did, however, turn out to be 8 shots clear of runner-up Hyeonji Kang who carded 73, 1 shot ahead of third place Snigdha Goswami.
Sara Engsig – 75
Natalli Gupta – 75
Hannah Mannion – 76
Kellie Garchaga – 65
Hyeonji Kang – 73
Snigdha Goswami – 74