A closing two-over 74 was not the final round that Olivia Mehaffey was hoping for after a fine second round had put her in position for an assault on the top 10 at the LET’s Czech Ladies Open at Royal Beroun.
Tied for 15th going into the final round, the Tandragee woman was just three strokes off second place, but though she’d made five birdies in Saturday’s second round, but she couldn’t quite find the magic on the closing day, making just the one birdie and throwing in three bogeys as she slipped from 15th to 50th on the leaderboard.
India’s Diksha Dagar, who’d opened up a five-stroke lead after 36 of the 54-hole affair, cruised to victory with a closing 69 to get to -13, four clear of her nearest challenger.
The 22-year-old Southpaw becomes just the second Indian player to claim multiple LET Tour titles, her maiden success coming in the 2019 South African Women’s Open. Dagar was born with a serios hearing impairment and represented India at the Deaflympics – the Olympics for the Deaf – in 2017 and 2021, capturing the gold medal in the latter after settling for silver in 2017, and represented India in the Olympic Games proper in 2021 as well, making her the first athlete to compete in both.
Thailand’s Trichat Cheenglab made a valiant charge with a 64, but after rounds of 73 and 70 on days one and two, she started the final day nine shots behind Dagar and it was too little, too late and she’d post -9 to take solo second..
Celine Herbin of France came third after a closing 67 saw her reach -8, with a further four players tied for fourth at -7.