Danielle McVeigh will have to wait for her maiden tour win after a closing 80 saw her finish 18th in the LET Access Series’ Sölvesborg Ladies Open.
The Co Down talent went out in the last group after a second round 69 gave her a share of the lead with final round playing partner Chloe Leurquin of Belgium and Sweden’s Lina Boqvist on one-under par.
But nothing went right on Friday as she went to the turn in six over 42 and slipped to nine over before her lone birdie of the day at the par-five 17th left her nine shots outside a play-off at Sölvesborg GK.
A cheque for €900 left McVeigh where she began the week, ranked 22nd in the money list with the top five earning full LET membership at then end of the season.
Still, she was looking on the bright side after making her third cut from five starts this season.
“Tough day today, but great experience being in the final group,” she tweeted. “Still room for improvement.”
Scotland’s Heather MacRae broke through for her first win in her third season on the LETAS when she holed a seven-foot putt on the first extra hole to beat Leurquin and England’s Kym Larratt.
Larratt had set the clubhouse target at two under following an impressive 67 and was joined by MacRae who shot a final round 68.
Leurquin had the opportunity to overtake Larratt and MacRae with a birdie on the final hole, but could only manage a par to also finish at two under par.
The next event on the LETAS schedule, the Fourqueux Ladies Open, takes place from the June 6 – 8 at Golf de Fourqueux, near Paris.