Tale, Slovakia (Sports Network) - Gwladys Nocera waited out the rain before
carding a 2-under 70 on Sunday to capture to a 4-stroke victory at the Allianz
Ladies Slovak Open.
Nocera finished four rounds at Golf Resort Tale at 9-under-par 279 to earn
her 11th career victory on the Ladies European Tour, but her first since 2008.
"I'm very, very happy and pretty emotional," said Nocera. "It's been a while
since I lifted a trophy. It was hard again today. I don't feel like I'm
hitting the ball like I should and I don't feel that I'm hitting the ball well
enough, but I tried to stay patient and draw on my experience."
Lee-Anne Pace (72) finished in second at 5-under, while Whitney Hillier (70)
captured third at minus-4.
Nocera entered the final round holding a 2-stroke lead over Pace, but tripped
to a bogey at the first to drop her advantage to just a stroke after Pace
traded a birdie at the first with a bogey at the second.
Pace later grabbed a share of the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt at the sixth
before hitting her tee shot at the par-3 seventh into the water en route to a
Nocera countered a birdie at the eighth with a bogey at the ninth to remain
two clear of Pace, and the margin remained there as Pace and Nocera birdied
the 10th and 11th, respectively.
Nocera pulled ahead by four with a 2-shot swing at the 14th as Nocera birdied
the hole while Pace tripped to a bogey.
The course was cleared after that hole due to a thunderstorm and when the duo
returned 45 minutes later, Pace birdied the 15th to cut her deficit to three.
She could not pull any closer, however, as she parred her final three holes
and Nocera closed with a birdie at the last to close out the victory.
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