Local player Gemma Dryburgh won the third Rose Ladies Series event at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, the home of the LET, on Thursday.
With a round of three-under-par 69 in changeable weather conditions, she edged a stroke ahead of Georgia Hall and Cara Gainer. Lily May Humphreys, Amy Boulden, Charley Hull and Annabel Dimmock tied for fourth.
Gemma, who lives in nearby Beaconsfield, bogeyed two of the first three holes before picking up her first birdie on the par-5 fifth hole. From there, she birdied the par-4 eighth but dropped a shot at the short ninth to go out in 37. She then made four further birdies on the 10th, 13th, 14th and 16th to come home in 32.
The highlight was a slam dunk birdie on the 10th hole, which turned the momentum in her favour.
“I was one-over through nine and then I hit it in the bunker on 10 and I wasn’t very happy about that so I chipped out and then I holed it from the fairway,” Gemma said afterwards. “I had three more birdies after that, so it was a good back nine.”
Gemma, who earned her first professional win at the 2017 Oatlands Classic on the ALPG Tour, continued: “It means so much. I haven’t had a win since 2017 so it’s very nice to win again and it was a very good field as well, so it’s very special.”
Reflecting on the Rose Ladies Series so far and a return to competitive golf ahead of the LET season, she added: “It’s been amazing and we’re getting to play at some great courses. It’s an honour to play at all of them. It’s great to get to see such strong fields and have a card in the hand again.
“It’s not quite the same as a social round and it’s definitely good to get a card in the hand and get the competitive juices going again. It’s definitely different so it’s good to get back into it.”
Full scores here.