Hannah Burke “in shock” after picking up first Ladies European Tour title
PUBLISHED: 07:20 15 August 2015
Hannah Burke says her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic will take a “while to sink in”.
The Welwyn Garden City golfer carded a bogey-free final round of seven under par 64 to claw back four shots on overnight co-leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Wales’ Becky Morgan and claim the trophy.
Having gone out in the third from last group of the day, Burke was nervously awaiting the result of Larsen’s final few holes but was unsurprisingly left elated with the final result.
Burke told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “My focus was firmly on my game and not the scoreboard throughout the round so I didn’t really feel pressurised or too excited.
“I just kept making the shots and everything came together.
“I holed my putt on the 18th and as I headed to the clubhouse, I knew Nicole had suffered a little slip up.
“From then I just had to sit there and wait until the last player came back before the result was confirmed but when I heard the result, I was in shock. To be honest I still am.
“It’ll take a while to sink in. I flew straight home after the competition which made it a whirlwind day.
“Nicole was really nice about it at the end. She’s a good person and she came over and congratulated me. She was very gracious but I expected that.
“Perhaps it was the pressure that got to her in the end but that doesn’t matter to me. I am just happy with the win.”
Regrettably for the 27-year-old, who has found form in her past three tournaments including this surprise triumph, the Ladies European Tour now heads into a three-week break.
By then, Burke will know if she has been included in Europe’s squad for the Solheim Cup, the ladies’ equivalent to the men’s Ryder Cup, which takes place between September 18-20 in Heidelburg, Germany.
Captain Carin Koch will release her “personal” picks for the competition on Tuesday, August 25 from players that have not automatically qualified for the team via their ranking.
For Burke, a call-up from Koch would be a “dream come true”.
She continued: “I think with my recent performances, I have put myself on the captain’s radar.
“We will just have to wait and see though. If it was to happen it would be a dream come true.
“Since I started playing at the age of eight, it has always been one of my goals.
“If it doesn’t happen though, I have plenty more chances to make it so it won’t phase me or get me down.”
Burke, who lies 11th in the 2015 Order of Merit, has dissected her game after a disappointing first half of the year.
Going back to former coach Bryan Lewis and then teaming up with fellow Brit Charley Hull’s former coach Lee Scarborough, she begins her final four months of the year at The Helsingborg Open in Sweden on September 3 looking to finish 2015 with a flourish.
Burke said: “I had a tough start to the year and my confidence with my putting game was really low.
“It was definitely a mental thing but I have come through that now and hope I can put in some more good showings before next year and then comes a fresh start in 2016.”
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