England’s Holly Clyburn took the lead in the race to be crowned the LET’s Rolex Rookie of the Year for 2013 with a solid performance on her first trip to Evian.
The 23-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie from Cleethorpes earned her place in this year’s Evian Championship through her victory in the Deloitte Dutch Ladies Open.
She finished in a tie for 27th place after rounds of 71, 70 and 73 to finish on a 54-hole total of 214, one-over-par.
With her earnings of €21,275.22, Clyburn moved to sixth on the ISPS HANDA Order of Merit with earnings of €103,434.28 from 12 tournaments. She also moved 14,276 ahead of Charley Hull in the race to be named Rolex Rookie of the Year.
“Since I won in Holland and being a rookie it’s been an aim to catch Charley and I think I’ve probably done that this week. My aim is to get that rookie of the year and if I keep playing like I am doing then I might get there,” she said.
On her performance in the Evian Championship, she continued: “I’d have taken it, but today was a bit disappointing with a rough start and then I came back with three birdies in a row. I had it going until 16 and then got up and down from the water on 16, then got unlucky on 17 and hit it into the crowd on 18. If somebody had said that I’d be top 30 I’d have taken it. It’s good golf out there and it’s getting better every week.”
There are five tournaments remaining on the 2013 LET international schedule, with the next one being the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, from September 26-29.