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Charley Hull wins first pro victory at Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco
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Charley Hull and Alejandro Canizares, winners of the Lalla Meryem Cup and Hassan II Golf Trophy respectively, receive their jewel encrusted gold trophies from His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Hassan II Golf Trophy Association and Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem.

England’s Charley Hull made a four foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole, the par-3 18th at Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir, to earn her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco a week before her 18th birthday.

The second year LET member from Kettering in Northamptonshire fired a career-low round of nine-under-par 62 in the final round, coming from five strokes behind overnight leader Gwladys Nocera to tie with the 12-time tournament winner on 15-under-par after 72 holes.

She fired seven birdies and an eagle on the sixth, before missing a 10 foot birdie chance on 18 in regulation play to tie for the lead. However, Nocera three putted from the back of the green for a bogey four to tie with Hull.

In the play-off, Hull hit an unbelievable tee shot under pressure to within four feet of the flag, while Nocera hit hers 15 feet short.

After the Frenchwoman’s first putt drifted right of the hole and she tapped in for a par, Hull rolled her ball into the hole before jubilant scenes on the 18th green, where her local caddie was lifted onto the shoulders of his colleagues, before Hull’s own father Dave was also hailed as a hero and hoisted aloft.

Hull said: “I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed and then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi. I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”

The win capped a sensational 12 months for the 17-year-old, who started her career at the same course in Morocco last year where she finished second, beginning a run of five runner-up finishes. She was the youngest ever player in The Solheim Cup and a member of the winning team in Colorado and also the LET’s Rolex Rookie of the Year.

Hull added: “With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away. I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I’m 18 next week so I’m really happy. I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again.”

Nocera had led for the entire final round and Hull was one behind after her birdie on 17, so for a tearful Nocera, the loss was hard to take.

Nocera said: “My putting has been really bad the whole week so you can’t do anything when you putt like that. I tried my best; Charley played well today and she deserves it. She’s been close to victory for a while and she’s a great player so she deserves it. I had to play better and I didn’t.”

Sophie Giquel Bettan of France ended four shots back on 11-under, in solo third place, with South African Lee-Anne Pace and Hannah Burke in a tie for fourth on 10-under-par. English duo Sophie Walker and Holly Clyburn tied for sixth.

The 2013 champion Ariya Jutanugarn tied for 12th place after a disappointing final round of two-over 73.

China’s Jing Yan and Mathilda Cappeliez of France shared the leading amateur honours at one-under-par in a tie for 25th place.

Final Results:

Charley Hull won with a birdie on the first play-off hole

269 - Charley Hull (ENG)  68 71 68 62, Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  69 68 65 67

273 - Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA)  67 70 67 69

274 - Hannah Burke (ENG)  73 70 65 66, Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)  70 68 70 66

276 - Holly Clyburn (ENG)  70 70 67 69, Sophie Walker (ENG)  66 71 71 68

277 - Trish Johnson (ENG)  72 67 70 68, Laura Davies (ENG)  68 69 71 69

278 - Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)  71 71 69 67, Margherita Rigon (ITA)  69 70 69 70

279 - Ariya Jutanugarn (THA)  68 66 72 73, Rebecca Codd (IRL)  69 71 70 69, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA)  72 70 65 72, Joanna Klatten (FRA)  72 72 66 69

280 - Beth Allen (USA)  69 71 72 68

281 - Karolin Lampert (GER)  69 72 70 70, Valentine Derrey (FRA)  71 72 65 73, Nina Holleder (GER)  68 68 74 71, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)  71 73 68 69, Liz Young (ENG)  72 69 70 70

282 - Klara Spilkova (CZE)  74 69 69 70, Diana Luna (ITA)  70 70 70 72, Linda Wessberg (SWE)  71 70 70 71

283 - Jing Yan (CHN)  68 73 71 71, Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)  72 64 71 76, Rebecca Hudson (ENG)  66 72 70 75, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)  73 70 67 73

284 - Kim Williams (RSA)  74 70 66 74, Jade Schaeffer (FRA)  73 71 71 69, Lauren Taylor (ENG)  72 73 67 72, Adriana Brent (AUS)  69 73 72 70

285 - Sally Watson (SCO)  72 71 71 71, Vikki Laing (SCO)  70 71 69 75, Marta Silva Zamora (ESP)  73 69 72 71, Stefania Croce (ITA)  72 71 68 74, Maria Balikoeva (RUS)  71 72 71 71, Chloe Leurquin (BEL)  74 70 68 73, Charlotte Thompson (ENG)  71 72 71 71, Stephanie Na (AUS)  72 68 71 74, Mireia Prat (ESP)  74 68 70 73, Fiona Puyo (FRA)  72 69 75 69

286 - Marion Ricordeau (FRA)  72 72 70 72, Nontaya Srisawang (THA)  73 70 71 72, Florentyna Parker (ENG)  73 69 73 71, Maria Salinas (PER)  71 71 73 71

287 - Noora Tamminen (FIN)  74 70 70 73, Sophie Sandolo (ITA)  71 72 72 72, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)  69 69 75 74, Olivia Mehaffey (IRL)  72 73 71 71, Miriam Nagl (GER)  75 68 70 74

288 - Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)  72 72 71 73, Mallory Fraiche (USA)  70 75 68 75, Heather Macrae (SCO)  73 68 75 72, Caroline Afonso (FRA)  70 74 73 71

289 - Cathryn Bristow (NZL)  71 71 75 72, Ariane Provot (FRA)  72 71 73 73, Celine Herbin (FRA)  71 71 71 76, Melanie Maetzler (SUI)  75 68 70 76

290 - Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER)  72 73 71 74, Becky Brewerton (WAL)  71 72 77 70

292 - Kylie Walker (SCO)  71 74 70 77, Carin Koch (SWE)  70 75 72 75

293 - Alison Whitaker (AUS)  72 72 78 71

294 - Bonita Bredenhann (NAM)  71 73 72 78

295 - Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)  73 72 75 75

296 - Pamela Feggans (SCO)  74 71 75 76

 

 

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