Ladies British Open: Nordqvist takes low-am honors

SUNNINGDALE, England (Aug. 3, 2008)--In Anika Sorenstam's final major event, the Ladies British Open, her fellow countrywoman made a splash by winning the Smyth Salver Award for the tourney's low amateur.

Anna Nordqvist, the reigning Ladies British Amateur champion, succeeded England’s Melissa Reid by closing with a 1-overpar 73 for a 3-under-par total of 285 and a tie for 42nd. She held a seven-shot margin over the only other amateur to make the cut, 2007 US Amateur champion Marie Jose Uribe.

“This is great,” said the 21 year-old Swede who goes back to Arizona State University after competing in next week’s Scandinavian TPC hosted by Sorenstam at Frösaker G & CC in Sweden. “This was one of my main goals for the season so it’s very special.”

Nordqvist joins an illustrious list of Smyth Salver winners that includes Belle Robertson, Marta Figueras-Dottin, Mary McKenna, Jill Thornhill, Vicki Thomas, Katherine Imrie, Joanne Morley, Rebecca Hudson and Michele Wie who finished tied third behind Jeong Jang at Royal Birkdale in 2005.

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