Schaeffer wins German play-off

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Jade Schaeffer has won the HypoVereinsbank Ladies German Open, presented by Audi, at Golfpark Gut Hausern

Jade Schaeffer claimed her first LET victory on Sunday when she won the HypoVereinsbank Ladies German Open, presented by Audi, at Golfpark Gut Hausern.

The 22-year-old from Strasbourg, who recently moved to Paris, beat Spain’s Paula Marti with a birdie at the first extra hole after both players had totalled 13-under 275 after the four regulation rounds at Golfpark Gut Häusern near Munich.

Schaeffer closed with a five-under 67 to set the mark, before Marti matched her total with a final round of 73.

After a thrilling battle, Schaeffer won by sinking a one metre putt on the par-five 18th hole. She pumped her fist several times before bursting tears.

Ironically this after making her first cut this year on the Ladies European Tour. Her previous a career best finish was a third at the 2007 Ladies Open de Portugal.

“I have a good feeling in Germany and in Holland,” said Schaeffer, the younger sister of former LET professional Fany Schaeffer.

“My objective for this year was to win a tournament and play in the British Open and the Evian Masters. I think now it’s good.”
She opened with rounds of 66, 72 and 70, before boosting herself up the leader board with six birdies in her first eight holes on Sunday.

After bogeys on holes nine and ten, she caught Marti and Germany’s Martina Eberl on 13-under with a birdie at the 12th hole, finishing with six straight pars.

Having finished as the early leader in the clubhouse, she went to work on the putting green after calling her boyfriend, Challenge Tour player Francois Calmels.

“My boyfriend told me, ‘You’re having fun; you’re happy, it’s good. You played good and today you will win. Come on Jade: you can’ It inspired me and I did.”

Marti, who started the final round with a one-stroke advantage on 14-under-par, maintained her lead for most of the day but missed multiple birdie chances.

She was forced to settle for second, with Eberl and Melissa Reid from England finishing one shot back in third.

England’s Trish Johnson made a run for the title, finishing with a 70 for outright fifth on 11-under.

The LET circuit will next visit the Netgherlands for the ABN AMRO Ladies Open from June 5-7.

THE TOP 20 LEADERBOARD

275 Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 66 72 70 67 (Schaeffer won at first-extra hole),
275 Paula Marti (ESP) 67 69 66 73
276 Melissa Reid (ENG) England 68 67 71 70, Martina Eberl (GER) 71 65 67 73
277 Trish Johnson (ENG) 71 69 67 70
278 Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 71 71 68 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 66 72 71 69, Johanna Westerberg (SWE) 65 67 74 72
279 Sophie Walker (ENG) 70 70 72 67
281 Anja Monke (GER) 71 70 70 70, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 71 70 69 71, Katharina Schallenberg (GER) buch.de 71 70 69 71
282 Beatriz Recari (ESP) 71 71 73 67, Emma Zackrisson (SWE) 71 73 70 68, Anna Knutsson (SWE) 72 71 70 69, Lydia Hall (WAL) 74 70 66 72
283 Nikki Garrett (AUS) 74 70 72 67, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 70 70 69 74
284 Anna Tybring (SWE) 71 70 76 67, Riikka Hakkarainen (FIN)71 74 70 69, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)72 72 70 70, Joanne Morley (ENG) 72 72 69 71

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