Golf ace Clyburn keeps cool in Spain to bag her first pro title
CLEETHORPES golfer Holly Clyburn was "over the moon" after emerging victorious from a tense play-off to bag her first professional title.
Clyburn, 21, beat Spain's Carmen Alonso on the second play-off hole to win the Banesto Tour Valencia.
She earned £2,436 after clinching victory on only her second outing as a professional.
Clyburn led by one shot going into the third and final round at GC Escorpion, but looked to be struggling after dropping five shots in three holes – with double bogeys on the 7th and 8th.
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But, after Alonso closed in on victory with a birdie at the 18th, Clyburn dug deep to rally with a two-under-par back nine and also birdied the 18th to finish on three under, level with the Spaniard, and force the play-off.
"I am over the moon," she said. "I cannot believe that I have won – I am thrilled! This victory means a lot to me and my family."
Clyburn said she drew inspiration from her sensational British Open performance in September – when, as an amateur, she recovered from dropping nine shots in the first eight holes of the final round to card a one-under-par back nine and finish as the highest-placed English player, in joint 26th.
"On the 9th tee the British Open experience came to my mind," she added.
"The last round was very much up and down, the 7th and 8th were very bad holes.
"Even though I lost five shots in three holes, I managed to stay calm and swing well.
"I was very patient and took it one shot at a time.
"I knew I had to birdie the 18th to get into the play-off and I did it!"