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Nellie Wins Welsh Women's

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Nellie Wins Welsh Women's Open Stroke Play Championship

Nellie Ong (Eaton, Norwich) finally got her just rewards at the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club on Sunday, following runners-up finishes at both the Scottish Girls’ Championship and the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship in recent weeks.

She fired a blip-free -7, including seven birdies on the third and final day, to finish on 11-under, four shots ahead of 2nd place. Fellow Englishwomen Lauren Crump (Hill Valley), Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland), Ella Butteriss (Beaconsfield) and Amy Staveley finished 4th, 5th, tied-6th and 10th respectively.

Ong, who was back to school on Bank Holiday Monday, said: "I've had three 2nd-placed finishes in national events so it was a massive relief to win one. I had high expectations but I wasn't expecting to win. I played a bit better than I had the previous weeks. I was two shots back of the lead going into the final round and then two ahead around the turn, and I was thinking I needed to get to -10 because in past tournaments I'd thought about who was behind me and it hadn't worked.

"I was relieved when I got the drive away on the 18th as it's quite a tight hole and once that was away it was a bit nicer! I knew I had a bit of a comfort zone but I wanted to make sure I made par in case something happened elsewhere. My dad was caddying for me so that was nice and some of my England coaches and friends stayed around at the end which was nice too. It was back to school on Monday and it was nice to be congratulated there (at Culford School). I have my A-levels over the next couple of months so I'll be having a bit of a break before the British Amateur in Ireland."

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