DORSET’S Georgia Hall marked her professional debut by securing an impressive third place at the Ingaro Ladies Open – but had the consolation of banking the runners-up pay cheque.
Hall who had been joint leader heading into the final round on Saturday, was left to rue a costly back nine as she carded a two-over par 72.
But despite finishing four shots adrift of Marta Sans Barrio, Hall was entitled to the prize money for second place as the winner was an amateur.
The Wallisdown-based teenager pocketed a cheque for 3,333 euro after finishing a shot behind Switzerland’s Caroline Rominger who took the first-place prize money of 4,833 euro.
Hall, who had shot 67 and 69 in her first two rounds, forged into the outright lead at the start of her final round by picking up birdies on the first and third holes.
She reached the turn in 35 following further birdies at six and seven and, although bogeys at four, eight and nine offset some of the good work, Hall retained a two-stroke lead over Barrio entering the back nine.
However, the Spaniard seized the initiative by carding a birdie on the par four 10th – with Hall recording a double bogey on the same hole.
And while Barrio went on the shoot a five-under 65, Hall was unable to reel in the amateur with a bogey at the last robbing her of a share of the first-place prize money.
Following her maiden appearance on the Ladies European Tour Access Series, Hall headed straight to Oslo to start preparing for the Norwegian Challenge, which starts tomorrow.