|Nocera in action|
Nocera, who already topped the LET’s New Star Money List before the event, moved even further ahead of the pack after her victory with a total of 126,606.91 euros earned in four events and she has now posted three top ten finishes this season. As well as finishing second last week in Spain, she also finished tied for eighth place at Australia’s ANZ Ladies Masters in February.
Davies, who carded a final round of 70 for a total of 12-under-par 276, moved into second position on the New Star Money List with 54,979.47 euros in earnings.
“I feel I should have given Gwladys a better run for her money but at the end of the day I didn’t hole a putt,” said Davies. “I’m delighted to have shot 12 under although it should have been 20 under. That’s just a fact. I hit it well enough to have shot 20 under but I was rubbish for the last few holes.”
Nocera was paired with the overnight leader Hall in the final round today. Hall held a one shot lead heading into the final day but blew her title chances by posting seven bogeys and just three birdies for a final round of four-over-par 76, for an 11-under-par total. Nevertheless she was delighted with her final position after a year off from competitive golf and playing on a sponsor’s invitation.
With Nocera’s victory, she automatically qualifies to play in the US$3 million Evian Masters for the next two years and she is fully exempt on the LET for the next three years. She also earns 30 Solheim Cup points and moves to the top of the European Team rankings.
Having made her debut in the competition last year in Indiana, when she defeated American Cristie Kerr 2&1 in the singles, she is keen to taste a team victory next year when the competition returns to Sweden.
“Playing in The Solheim once, you want to do it again and in 2007, I want to be in that team so I’ll do my best to be there. It was great. It was the best time golf wise ever and being in the team with all the great players was amazing.”
“Last week I couldn’t do anything. I didn’t lose the tournament; she (Brooky) won it. So I told myself to keep going and I was thinking my time will come.”
Today, after so many close opportunities, Nocera claimed victory over an in form Davies and a quality field at one of the largest tournaments on the LET schedule. Her timing could not have been any better.