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MacLaren races to first win
Wellingborough pro Meghan MacLaren’s first Ladies European Tour victory in the New South Wales Open, Australia has received widespread praise from friends and colleagues back at home.
The 23-year-old, who carded scores of 71, 67 and 65 to lead by a couple of shots going into the last round, kept her composure as she bagged three birdies in a level par 71 to win by two.
MacLaren’s coach Shane Rose said: “Hopefully this is the first of many wins on the LET Tour – an outstanding performance.”
Wellingborough Golf Club head professional David Clifford stated: “A superb achievement. A true inspiration for many other people out there as well!”
Mike Gilbrook, who is a member of Wellingborough as well as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Northamptonshire Golf added: “Congratulations Meghan.
“With your outstanding work ethic, determination and the team behind you, success was never in doubt. I am sure there will be many more wins to come.”
MacLaren coped best in hot and humid conditions at Coffs Harbour Golf Club to finish ahead of Casey Danielson (USA), Marita Engzelius (Norway) and Silvia Banon (Spain).
The success, which was achieved in just her 11th Ladies European Tour event, comes off the back two titles on the 2017 LET Access Series as well as the circuit’s Order of Merit.
MacLaren, who thanked her dad, Staysure Tour CEO David MacLaren, for carrying the bag over the weekend, said: “It feels incredible. I didn’t think those words would be coming out of my mouth so soon!
“To everyone who’s supported me, everyone who’s believed in me, especially when I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself, thank you.
“Good things can only happen when you’ve got good people around you, so huge thanks to my family, friends, coaches and sponsors – everyone that’s contributed. It’s overwhelming and it means a huge amount.”
MacLaren joins a select list of New South Wales Open champions, including former world number ones Dame Laura Davies and Lydia Ko.
Picture courtesy of LET.