Dewi Claire Schreefel secured her first win on the Ladies European Tour as she raced seven strokes clear of Rebecca Artis at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

She comfortably kept the lead that she had held from the first round, saving the best until last. With rounds of 68, 70, 68 and 66, she ended on a total of 271, 17 under par at Vasatorps Golfklubb.

The 28-year-old from Alkmaar in Netherlands started the day two strokes ahead of the 2013 tournament champion Artis and set her goal at 15 under. 

In the final round, Schreefel bogeyed the fourth but found her groove with three straight birdies from the fifth hole, gaining a five stroke advantage until Artis birdied the eighth and both players then bogeyed the ninth hole.

Artis continued to chase with three straight birdies from the 10th and another on 14, but Schreefel matched them with birdies on 10, 12, 14 and 15. After Artis bogeyed 16, Schreefel was five strokes ahead before a two shot swing on the last hole which Artis bogeyed and Schreefel birdied.
I’ve been a pro for five years and every year has got better but I felt like this year it was going to come" “It’s a good way to win. Rebecca had a good chase on and I was glad to be playing well to keep up with her and I can’t find a better way to win that this,” said Schreefel, who turned professional in 2008 and won her first pro title at the 2009 New England Golf Classic in her rookie season on the US Futures Tour.

“I’ve been a pro for five years and every year has got better but I felt like this year it was going to come. All the elements came together,” said the Dutch professional, whose previous best finish on the Ladies European Tour was second at the 2012 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and who holds full playing status on the LPGA.

Dame Laura Davies finished a stroke further behind in third place after a final round 66, which included two eagles and two bogeys on the front nine and four birdies on the back. 

The Ladies European Tour now heads to France for the Evian Championship, the final major of the year, taking place at Evian Resort Golf Course from September 11-14.

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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