Gants Ladies Open; Top finish for Finland’s Matilda Castren on Home soil, as Georgia Oboh smiles home

Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh carded a solid  1-over 72 in the final round to finish top in Finland, at the Gants ladies open.

Matilda castren winner of the 2021 Gants Ladies Open http://9jagolf.com.ng

Oboh , who has just made her second cut of the 2021  LET season, seemed far off after a second-round 79, but five intermittent birdies  against four bogeys and a double, pushed her up the leader board on a sunny and breezy Saturday in Turku, finland.

Oboh’s rounds of 73, 79 and 73 on days 1,2, and 3  of the tournament,helped her secure a top 35 finish and also increased her official golf ranking point, in the world.

Georgia oboh the 2021 Gants Ladies Open http://9jagolf.com.ng

In the final round, the Nigerian, double bogeyed the first and fourth holes respectively and made three birdies before the ninth turning in 1-over 37, before she went on to the back nine, where  she seemingly made three bogeys and birdies respectively, for a 36. Which helped her close the day with a 72.

“I am so happy about this! I could not be happier. It was what I came here for, and it is unbelievable that I pulled it off.” Finlands Matilda Castren said  after wining the tournament.

Castren shot a final round of 68 to win the 2021 Gant Ladies Open by three strokes and claim her second  LET title. Rounding off an excellent week, which saw her card rounds of 71, 69 and 68 to triumph with a score of five-under-par at Aura Golf.

In her final round, the Finn made one bogey and rolled in four birdies, including  a back-to-back on numbers 16 and 17, to seal victory with her family watching closely.

“I hit the ball a little bit better today, so I had a few more birdie opportunities but I didn’t putt as well as I hoped, and I missed a couple of shorter ones. It was a little bit frustrating, but I really tried to stay patient and believe that they will drop eventually, and they did on the right holes. It is always nice to finish well,” she explained.

Matilda castren winner of the 2021 Gants Ladies Open http://9jagolf.com.ng

It was awesome to see that many people here and great to see the little kids too. A lot of people came to watch such as my relatives and family members – people who I have not seen in a couple of years.”

Center, Matilda castren winner of the 2021 Gants Ladies Open http://9jagolf.com.ng

After winning the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship June, Castren needed to secure a victory on the LET to become a full member of the Tour and be eligible to be considered for the 2021 European Solheim Cup Team.

She added: “It was my goal for this week to become a member of the LET by winning. I could not be happier to make it happen and I’m just very thrilled. It has been my dream since I was little girl to be at the Solheim Cup. It is one of my goals that I knew might be possible in the future. Everything has happened really quickly this year and to be able to be considered is such an honor. Hopefully it will happen, and I will be able to represent Finland and Team Europe.”

Finishing three strokes behind the winner are  India’s Tvesa Malik and Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom, on 2-under-par after they both carded final rounds of 68 and 69, respectively.

Three other players were tied for fourth place on one-under-par including Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord and India’s Diksha Dagar.

Ilori wonderful

Ilori Wonderful is a scratch golfer and a senior golf writer with years of experience. He is the founder, 9jagolf.com.ng, and brain behind the (Golf2Streets) an NGO for grassroot golf development in Africa. What began as a grad school hobby is now a top golf blog in Nigeria, with thousands of readers coming to his site for easy and reliable golf news. His first blog was published in 2016 on naijagolf.simdif.com. He has also worked and published articles as guest golf writer with the likes of Thenation.ng, www.nannews.ng, sokonnect.com, TheAfricantour.com etc. He is known for his honest and genuine golf reporting.

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