Team Buhai triumphs in play-off in Sotogrande

Aug 7, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Team Buhai clinched victory at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series-Sotogrande after they beat Team Strom in a one-hole play-off at La Reserva Club Sotogrande.

After starting the day one stroke behind, Ashleigh Buhai, Stacy Lee Bregman, Hayley Davis and amateur Ignacio Morillo produced a thrilling back nine as they combined to finish with a total of 35-under-par.

Once a play-off was confirmed, captain Buhai headed back down 18 and made a par to secure her fourth LET victory, while it was a first LET title for Bregman and Davis.

“It was a team effort; we all pulled our part this week. Me personally, I turned even, and I thought okay I have got to get something going now if we’re going to have a chance and luckily, I managed to do that and went four-under-par on the back nine,” said Buhai.

“Ignacio was great, such great company. He was a little nervous today, but he came in when we needed him, and I think he really enjoyed it too.”

Bregman made an incredible final shot on 18, rolling in a putt from behind the green, to make a birdie and put her team in the clubhouse lead.

“I have been practicing, I had a feeling I was going to use that shot at some point and I used it twice this week. I actually nearly holed it on nine doing it and I said to my caddie ‘this is the absolute perfect shot for this little hybrid’ and when I hit it, I knew that it was good and it was a magical moment. It is one of those things… it’s surreal. I’m just trying to gather my thoughts on it,” said Bregman.

Davis explained: “It was a lot of fun. It was cool, it was great playing as a team and all of us came in when we needed to. It has been a great week. We were a bit slow on the front nine and we knew we had to get going on the back nine and we did. It was so much fun – I loved it!”

Morillo added: “What can I say! It was a once in a lifetime experience. These girls are incredible, they have been so nice to me, and I couldn’t be more pleased for them.”

After holding the overnight lead, it was Team Strom who finished in second place as captain Linnea Strom made a bogey in the playoff.

Team Hull claimed third place on 34-under-par with Team Macdonald and Team Pace sat one shot further back and tied for fourth.

In the individual standings, American Alison Lee stormed to a five-shot victory and captured her first win as a professional.

Buhai finished second after her closing four-under-par 68, with Lee-Anne Pace in a share of 15th, 15- shots behind Lee.

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