Maria Parra wins Portuguese International Ladies Title
Portuguese International Ladies winner Maria Parra
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 Parra.

"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 nervous."

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 Silva.

-- story courtesy Portuguese Golf Federation

Results: Portuguese International Ladies Amateur
1SpainMaria ParraSpain70066-68-69-68=271
2SwitzerlandAlbane ValenzuelaSwitzerland50070-70-68-72=280
3DenmarkPuk Lyng ThomsenDenmark40072-70-73-69=284
T4IrelandOlivia MehaffeyIreland40075-71-73-68=287
T4GermanyEsther HenseleitGermany40072-68-76-71=287

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