Beth Allen wins ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters


American Beth Allen shot a final round 67 to come from five shots behind overnight leader Caroline Masson and claim her first professional title at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.

Allen fired five birdies on the front nine at Buckinghamshire Golf Club and picked up another on 14 before making bogey on 15 and setting the clubhouse target at 12 under par 276.

With the world No1 amateur Leona Maguire tied for the lead after 17 holes and playing in the next group, there was a nervous wait before Allen was able to celebrate her victory. She was finally able to lift her first trophy in 11 years as a professional after the 20-year-old found the bunker behind the 18th green and failed to make a putt of around five feet to force a play-off.

Allen, 33, from San Diego, California, said: “I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.” She said her secret weapon was her new caddie, Sophie Gustafson, the 26-time tournament winner.

England’s legendary Dame Laura Davies aced the par-3 seventh hole in the final round on her way to finishing ninth overall. It was her 11th hole-in-one. South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon tied for 13th on 282 with compatriot Stacy Lee Bregman sharing 22nd spot on 284.