Maria Parra wins Portuguese International Ladies Title
Portuguese International Ladies winner Maria Parra
Maria Parra won the most important title of her
amateur career Saturday at the Portuguese
International Women's Amateur Championship.
The No. 1 ranked European started the day with a
three stroke lead and extended that lead to nine, with
the Swiss golfer Albane Valenzuela finishing in second.
Parra's tournament total of 17-under par at Montado
Hotel & Golf Resort in Palmela, "is a new tournament
record for 72 holes," said the national technical director
and tournament director of FPG, John Coutinho.
The 17-year old Parra posted rounds of 66, 68, 69 and
68, smashing the previous record belonging to the Irish
Leona Maguire with 14-under par in 2011, at the
Country Club of Aroeira.
The win was a double triumph, as the team of the
Royal Spanish Federation of Golf also triumphed in the
Nations Cup, with 565 (11-under Par), leaving Italy in
2nd place, a distant 10 strokes back.
"The truth is that this field pleases me greatly, there
have been many victories Spanish girls here and I
believe that since last year I improved a lot," said
"This is my best moment in golf and so I will try to turn
professional this year," she added, after acknowledging
that entered the last round made her "somewhat
Still, she managed to control herself and for a second
day was bogey-free with four birdies. Parra's final
round 68 (-4) tied for low on the last day, along with
the Olivia Mehaffey of Ireland, who finished in 4th place
(-1). At the end of 72 holes, only the top-5 was able to
beat the par of the track designed by Jorge Santana da
-- story courtesy Portuguese Golf Federation