Coakley fails to find spark in final round


Golf round-up:Rebecca Coakley’s final-round challenge never materialised today as Nicole Gergely became the first Austrian to win a Ladies’ European Tour title as she triumphed by two shots in the Randstad Open de France Dames.

A final round of five-under 67, which equalled her career best, proved enough to see off the challenge of Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom, who carded a 69.

Coakley had entered the final round, two shots off the pace in a tie for second spot, but could only manage a one-over-par 73 to finish in a tie for seventh spot.

Tara Delaney and Hazel Kavanagh finished together in a tie for 15th on five under.

Gergely said: “It’s awesome. I can’t believe it. It was always a dream.

Wales’ Becky Brewerton signed off with a 70 and shared third place with the 008 champion Anja Monke from Germany, who had a 71.

Meanwhile, Des Smyth finished in a tie for tenth spot behind England’s Peter Mitchell at the Casa Serena Open in the Czech Republic.

Smyth closed with a level par 71 to finish on five under, while Mitchell carded a round 66 at Casa Serena Golf near Prague to claim his first title of the 2009 season, with a 13 under par aggregate of 200.

That was good enough for a three-shot victory over fellow Englishman Glenn Ralph and Peter Senior of Australia with Welshman Ian Woosnam fourth, a further shot in arrears.