Australia’s Kristie Smith Wins 2011 Pegasus New Zealand Women’s Open

Kristie Smith, 2011 Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open Winner

Australia’s Kristie Smith won her first Ladies Europen Tour event firing a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 12-under par overall. The 22-year old Smith is a rising star who won the 2010 Daytona Beach Invitational on the LPGA Futures Tour. But her win in the LET/ALPG co-sanctioned NZ Women’s Open win is her greatest triumph to date. While she was only one of a handful of golfers to shoot sub-70 on the final day, nailing 5 birdies against a lone bogey, no tale of this tournament would be complete with mentioning Giulas Sergas’ fall from the top. Sergas was possibly on her way to a win here. After birdies on 15 and 16 in round 3, the Italian star was at 16-under. Then things went awry. She was penalized a stroke for slow play on the 18th, which left her teary eyed and distraught after the round. She bogeyed the par 4 17th. Ok, no problem. Just play 18 at par and sign the card. But then she bogeyed the par 5 18 to finish bogey-bogey. But she didn’t know she was also going to lose a stroke on 18 for slow play until she went to sign her card. She was still at 13-under, but no golfer wants to finish a round in competition like that. That shaky play and her frazzled mental state seemed to carry over to the final round, as Sergas started bogey-bogey-triple bogey. In the space of 5 straight holes from round three into round four, she went from 16-under to 8-under. That’s painful. She finished at 9-under, three shots behind Kristie Smith, the winner. Sergas tied American Tiffany Joh for second place.

Pos. Score -Par+ Name Represents R1 R2 R3 R4 Euro Card
1 276 -12 Kristie Smith (AUS) Perth, Australia 71 64 73 68 33,333.33 »»
2= 279 -9 Tiffany Joh (USA) USA 74 67 68 70 18,888.88 »»
Giulia Sergas (ITA) Associazione Golf Cortina 64 69 70 76 »»
4= 281 -7 Melissa Reid (ENG) England 74 70 68 69 11,111.11 »»
Lydia Ko (Am) (NZ) New Zealand 70 68 72 71 Amateur »»
6 283 -5 Reilley Rankin (USA) USA 73 68 72 70 9,111.10 »»
7= 284 -4 Linda Wessberg (SWE) Delsjo Golf Klubb, Sweden 74 63 71 76 6,444.44 »»
Diana Luna (ITA) Conte of Florence, Italy 71 70 67 76 »»
Laura Davies (ENG) Srixon 72 66 69 77 »»
10= 285 -3 Katie Futcher (USA) USA 77 71 68 69 3,955.55 »»
Lorie Kane (CAN) Canada 71 71 72 71 »»
Bree Arthur (AUS) Australia 72 71 71 71 »»
Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) NUNI, OAKLEY 69 69 73 74 »»
Sarah Kemp (AUS) Australia 73 67 71 74 »»
15= 286 -2 Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club 70 72 71 73 2,742.22 »»
Caroline Hedwall (SWE) Barseback G&CC, Sweden 76 65 71 74 »»
Christel Boeljon (NL) Golf Team Holland 69 70 72 75 »»
Caroline Bon (NZ) New Zealand 70 70 71 75 »»
Georgina Simpson (ENG) England 72 70 69 75 »»
20= 287 -1 Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) USA 78 70 72 67 2,500.00 »»
Felicity Johnson (ENG) Harborne GC 72 71 69 75 »»
22= 288 Par Nikki Garrett (AUS) Oakley, Cross 76 72 71 69 2,299.99 »»
Sarah Oh (AUS) Australia 72 74 70 72 »»
Bo-Bea Kim (KOR) Korea 67 74 73 74 »»
Sarah-Jane Smith (AUS) Australia 74 68 69 77 »»
26= 289 +1 Danielle Bowers (ENG) England 71 74 75 69 1,959.25 »»
Maria Hernandez (ESP) Spain 78 69 71 71 »»
Alison Whitaker (AUS) Australia 76 67 73 73 »»
Jimin Jeong South Korea 73 69 73 74 »»
Amelia Lewis (USA) USA 69 70 72 78 »»
You Na PARK (KOR) Korea 72 68 70 79 »»
32= 290 +2 Krystle Caithness (SCO) Forgan of St Andrews Scotland 74 70 76 70 1,633.33 »»
Cecilia Cho (Am) (NZ) New Zealand 77 66 75 72 Amateur »»
Song Yi Ahn (SKO) South Korea 73 71 73 73 1,633.33 »»
Cindy LaCrosse (USA) USA 74 68 72 76 »»
Belen Mozo (ESP) Greg Norman Collection 72 71 70 77 »»
37= 291 +3 Becky Brewerton (WAL) Wales 74 70 73 74 1,300.00 »»
Jessica Noh (AUS) Australia 74 71 72 74 »»
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) Finland 72 74 70 75 »»
Caroline Masson (GER) caroline-masson.com 75 70 68 78 »»
Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) Sweden 72 66 74 79 »»
Anja Monke (GER) buch.de 69 74 69 79 »»
43= 292 +4 Jeehae Lee (KOR) SPG Corporation 76 71 73 72 1,000.00 »»
Hannah Jun (USA) USA 75 72 72 73 »»
Alison Walshe (USA) USA 73 73 72 74 »»
Diana D’Alessio (USA) USA 70 74 72 76 »»
Jenni Kuosa (FIN) Hotel Quinta Da Marinha Resort 73 68 73 78 »»
48= 293 +5 Malene Jorgensen (DEN) Odense Eventyr Golf Club 73 73 74 73 703.70 »»
Lindsey Wright (AUS) Australia 77 68 74 74 »»
Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) Golf du Vaudreuil 76 71 72 74 »»
Leah Hart (AUS) Australia 72 68 78 75 »»
Stacy Lee Bregman (SA) South Africa 74 69 74 76 »»
Julie Maisongrosse (FRA) academie jfg 75 72 69 77 »»
Stephanie Na (AUS) Australia 72 69 74 78 »»
Jessica Shepley (CAN) Canada 75 69 70 79 »»
Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics 72 69 67 85 »»
57= 294 +6 Florentyna Parker (ENG) http://www.florentynaparker.com 76 69 76 73 488.89 »»
Sophie Walker (ENG) Forest Pines 74 73 72 75 »»
Rebecca Hudson (ENG) England 74 73 70 77 »»
60= 295 +7 Vicky Thomas (AUS) Australia 75 71 75 74 377.79 »»
Stacey Keating (AUS) Sanctuary Lakes, GA 72 69 75 79 »»
Rebecca Flood (AUS) AIS, SRIXON, Gary Edwin Golf 72 72 71 80 »»
63= 296 +8 Laurette Maritz (SA) Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics 76 70 76 74 340.76 »»
Becky Morgan (WAL) Wales 73 73 76 74 »»
Rachel Bailey (AUS) Australia 80 67 68 81 »»
66 297 +9 Louise Friberg (SWE) Sweden 77 69 75 76 311.12 »»
67= 298 +10 Yeon Song Kim (SKO) South Korea 74 74 77 73 284.63 »»
Kylie Walker (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 78 70 72 78 »»
Joanne Mills (AUS) Pacific Dunes GC, Australia 74 72 71 81 »»
70= 299 +11 Nicole Hage (USA) USA 76 72 78 73 272.50 »»
Bree Turnbull (AUS) Australia 72 74 74 79 »»
72 304 +16 Karen Pearce (AUS) Australia 74 74 77 79 265.00 »»
73 313 +25 Jean Chua (MAL) Malaysia 73 75 76 89 260.00 »»

Kristie was certainly not expected to win. Not even mentioned in this promo video.

Kristie Smith

Low Amateur, Lydia Ko

Giulia Sergas

Tiffany Joh

Belen Mozo

Diana Luna

Cassandra Kirkland

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