Helen Briem completes the hat trick on the LET Access Series
25 Jun 2024
by Amit Pandey of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Helen Briem Rankings

Helen Briem (LET Photo)
Helen Briem (LET Photo)

18-year-old Helen Briem of Germany shot 70-62-70 to win the Santander Golf Tour-Avila, her third consecutive title on the Ladies European Tour Access Series, a second-rung women’s pro tour in Europe.

Briem’s 14-under narrowly secured the victory, edging out Sweden's Kajsa Arwefjall by a single stroke. Arwefjall posted rounds of 67-66-70 to register a runner-up finish at 13-under.

Briem carded an impressive 62 in the second round, tying the tour record for the lowest 18-hole score and taking a one-shot lead into the final round. Despite encountering difficulties with a bogey on the par-4 8th and a double bogey on the par-4 10th, she rebounded with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. However, two bogeys in her final three holes resulted in a final round of 70, briefly giving Arwefjall a glimmer of hope. Despite this, Arwefjall was unable to capitalize and finished one shot behind.

Briem is ranked No. 8 on the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women’s Rankings.

The 2023 R&A Girls Amateur Champion, Briem, has been on a dominating run on the LET Access Series, where she has now won three consecutive events - Montauban Ladies Open, Amundi Czech Ladies Open, and Santander Golf Tour - AVILA as an amateur. 

Last week, Briem achieved her second victory at the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge in the Czech Republic, posting scores of 72-68-73 to finish 3-under par. This win followed her first triumph at the Montauban Ladies Challenge in France, where she recorded rounds of 70-70-69 to finish 7-under par. These consecutive wins mark the beginning of her remarkable three-week streak of victories.

Technically, winning three consecutive events on a tour earns a promotion. However, since she is an amateur, this rule does not apply to her. Instead, her victories only contribute to higher world ranking points.

Last month, Briem nearly clinched a victory at the Dormy Open Helsingborg, an event on the Ladies European Tour. She shot 11-under par over three days, forcing a playoff with France's Perrine Delacour. However, she ultimately lost on the first extra hole and finished as the runner-up.

In 2024, Briem has competed in three amateur ranking events, where she achieved a win at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship and a tenth-place finish at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley as her best amateur results of the year. She also made her second appearance at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur but missed the cut.

Additionally, Briem has competed in five professional events—two on the Ladies European Tour and three on the LET Access Series—where she is establishing herself as a dominant force.

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