Ladies European Tour event at Stoke by Nayland ends with an exciting playoff – and begins with a celebrity Pro Am team win!
6 October 2017
Lydia Hall completed a wire to wire victory in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland but there were a few unplanned diversions en route. Not least the sudden-death play-off with France’s Ines Escudier following a two shot swing on the par three final hole on the Gainsborough course at the Suffolk resort.
Escudier, who began the day four shots behind Hall, birdied it for a six-under par round of 66 and complete the tournament’s 54-holes in nine-under. Hall, by contrast, bogeyed it. Back up the 18th tee the pair went but it was the 29-year-old PGA Assistant from Wales who appeared least fazed by the drama and ended up winning the 5,000 euro first prize.
“The win was down to my putting again,” said Hall, who recently spent time in Abu Dhabi concentrating on honing that side of her game and making a couple of changes. “I’m playing a lot better now that I’ve sorted it out. I must say, though, the tense finish wasn’t in my plans. Ines made me work hard for my win – so did the three girls immediately behind us.” That trio comprising Scotland’s Michele Thomson, Emma Nilsson of Sweden, and Spain’s Luna Sobron finished two shots behind Hall and Escudier on seven-under to win €1650 apiece.
As in previous years, a popular Pro Am preceded the 3 day championship and finished with a gala dinner and prize giving. The event this year was won by the celebrity “Media team” with a score of 85. The team included BBC TV Look East presenters, Stewart White and Tom Williams, Tamara Unwin, one of the family owners at Stoke by Nayland, and their professional, Meghan MacLaren who is leading the LETAS rankings and is assured a place in the main tour next season.
Anyone wishing to play in the Pro Am next year may like to put a “save the date” note in their diaries for Wednesday 12th September 2018!
Lydia Hall, winner of the Stoke by Nayland WPGA and LETAS championship
Winning Pro Am Team: l to r Stewart White, Tamara Unwin, Meghan MacLaren and Tom Williams.