AUSTRALIA’S Rebecca Artis is celebrating her first win on the Ladies European Tour.
The 24-year-old from Coonabarabran in New South Wales came from five strokes behind overnight leader Caroline Hedwall to claim the 2013 Helsingborg Open in Sweden.
Artis has been in good recent form having finished tied for ninth at the Ladies European Masters and in a share of sixth at the Ladies Scottish Open but was still shocked to have notched her breakthrough LET win.
“Unbelievable, speechless really, what can I say it was a great day out there, played golf, solid golf all day, and to walk away the winner is unbelievable,” she said.
Competitors struggled in the windy coastal conditions but Artis made the most of her opportunities, notching five birdies and two bogeys in her 69.
“(We played in) tough conditions so I just had to stay patient out there, (hit the) fairways, greens, and see what happened and I did that,” Artis said.
“I made some good birdies out there, kept myself in it and tried not to look at too many leader boards but it’s hard. But it’s a great day; I played great golf all day.”
Artis had husband Geoff on her bag.
“When I came here, I said to my husband that I thought it was a great golf course. I’d heard it could get windy around here and I thought if it got windy and I was hitting the ball as well as I had been doing I could definitely give it a chance,” she said.
“We get wind in Australia, it depends where you are, but I like playing in the wind, I enjoy tough conditions and go out there and grind it out.”