Jodi Ewart held her overnight lead to claim a two stroke victory at the Ladies European Tour’s Final Qualifying School for the 2012 season


A closing round of level par 73 on the South Course at La Manga Club in Spain gave the 24-year-old North Yorkshire woman an 11 under par aggregate total, with Swiss amateur Anais Maggetti at nine under and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda five strokes further back in third.

Top ranked Ewart was pleased to have capped a gruelling fortnight with the victory, having resisted the urge to look at the scoreboards all week.

“It feels good. I mean, fourth on the LPGA and now winning the LET: it’s a pretty good off-season if you ask me. It feels good and I’m really looking forward to this year.”

On her round, she explained: “It started off slowly and then I holed a putt on nine for birdie, so that kicked things off and then I shoved one in the water off 16 and had a double so I had no idea how far ahead I was just trying to make birdies coming in but it looks like par was good enough.

“I was a little bit nervous because I knew I was leading but I didn’t know how many shots ahead I was so if I’d known it would have set me back a bit. I think coming from yesterday, I kind of got away from my plan and it was all about me and the golf ball: that was the priority today.

“After I holed the putt on 14 I really relaxed and felt good. The putting  was slow on the front nine but I holed some coming in. I don’t know where that shot on 16 came from.”

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