Friday, December 1, 2023

Indian amateur Avani Prashanth took home the win at the Ahlsell Final at Elisefarm by one shot.

Prashanth, the first Indian to win on the LET Access Series, had an impressive final round to finish the tournament on six-under-par. It was a shaky start for the 16-year-old who carded two bogeys in the first four holes before firing up the fl at-stick to card two more birdies in the front nine. At the turn, Prashanth gained momentum to get two consecutive birdies on holes 12 and 13 followed by an eagle on the 14th to put herself in the lead. A further birdie on the 17th was where the top Indian amateur clinched the win.

Speaking about the round, Prashanth said: “It’s surreal winning this week after my rocky start to fi nish fi ve-under-par is great and this is my first professional win on international soil.The wind completely switched on us today which really made the fi rst four holes super long and tough to play. Whilst the first four played long a good number played shorter. So, after nine I came back to par and then saw the wind was down in the back nine and then I really took advantage from there on.”

Prashanth won the Queen Sirikit Cup in Manila early in the year and now has her eyes set on being the youngest golfer ever to represent India at the Asian Games in Hangzhou next month. “In terms of European competition, the Big Green Egg open in Amsterdam on the Ladies European Tour is the next one. I’m planning on playing at Q school in December.

“How will I celebrate?, well everyone back home is asking for a party, so I’ve got to take care of them first and then I’ll make plans as soon as I’m back.”

Two Swedish amateurs, Matilda Bjorkman and Isabell Elkstrom tied for second on five-under-par.

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