Top 20 for Hall as Babnik gets maiden win in Jabra Ladies Open

South Africa’s Casandra Hall closed with a level-par 71 on Saturday to play her way into the top 20 of the Ladies European Tour’s Jabra Ladies Open at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

She turned in level-par 35 after making a birdie and a bogey on the outward nine, and then bounced back from two consecutive bogeys on 10 and 11 at the start of her homeward nine with birdies on the par-threes on 14 and 16. That left her on four-over for the tournament, eight adrift of the winner Pia Babnik of Slovenia, who defeated England’s Annabel Dimmock in a play-off.

Hall shared 20th with South African amateur star Caitlyn Macnab, who started the final round in sixth place, but was unable to get anything going as she signed for a five-over-par 76 to slip down the leaderboard.

Next best of the South African players was Lejan Lewthwaite, with her closing two-over-par 73 leaving her on eight-over for the tournament in 42nd. Monique Smit shared 46th a shot back with eSwatini’s Nobuhle Dlamini, while Stacy Bregman was in 64th on 13-over after a closing 77.

Babnik rolled in consecutive birdies on 17 and 18 to put her in pole position and secure the clubhouse lead, before England’s Dimmock made a birdie on 18 to force a play-off.

On the first extra hole it was the youngest member of the LET who came out on top to win her maiden LET title in her 12th start on Tour and jump to the top of the Race to Costa del Sol rankings.

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