Parker completes Italian job with an albatross

LANCASHIRE’S  Florentyna Parker won the Ladies’ Italian Open presented by Ruco Line by one stroke after a stunning final round of 68 which included an albatross at Perugia Golf Club in Umbria.

Florentyna Parker

ALBATROSS: Florentyna Parker

With a seven-under-par three round total, she held off the challenge of fellow Englishwoman Holly Clyburn, who had a closing 70 and booked her place in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at her home club, Royal Birkdale next month.
Parker, who celebrated her 25th birthday last week, was level par for the day when an albatross on the 427 yard par five 14th, finally put her clear.
With her mother Gina acting as caddie, Parker holed her second shot from 152 metres using a 6-iron.
Clyburn, who bogeyed the 13th, then eagled the 14th to draw level. The pair were tied at seven-under-par until Clyburn bogeyed the 17th. She hit her tee shot under a bush and took a penalty drop before playing an excellent stroke to the green, but missed a putt for par from six feet.
Parker made an superb up and down from behind the smal, 18th green to secure her second Ladies’ European Tour victory and collect a cheque for 37,500 euros.
England’s Rebecca Hudson was third on five-under-par after a final round 71, with Italian Diana Luna fourth on three-under after a final round 72. First round leader Whitney Hillier ended in a tie for eighth, while Italy’s Virginia Carta was the leading amateur in a share of 42nd place.
Parker, whose first win in six seasons as a professional came at the 2010 Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland, said: “It’s been too long. My grandpa is Italian so it was actually the perfect week.
“I played quite well from the start. I was one under through nine and bogeyed 10 so I was level after 10 and I said to my mum, okay, three more birdies. I happened to make a long par putt on 12 and then I holed my six-iron on a par five. I pared in, because that was still tricky, on the last hole. I thought it was a good shot and then the up and down was very good.”
On recording her first albatross, she added: “It’s a short par five and I had two pars there the first two days which felt like a bogey, because it’s such a short hole. My mum said, ‘You need to make a birdie,’ and I holed the shot, so I said, ‘Are you happy now?’ I was three under for three days on that hole which is good. I have some champagne left over from my birthday last week and I kept saying, ‘we need to drink it,’ and so I will!”

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