Tvesa Malik finishes tied-22 at Lavaux Ladies Open golf

The Indian golfer is looking to pocket a Ladies European Tour card.

By Utathya Nag

Back-to-back even par scores in the final two rounds helped Indian golfer Tvesa Malik finish tied-22 at the Lavaux Ladies Open in Switzerland on Friday.

The 24-year-old Malik, who finished in the top 10 at the Open de France on the Ladies European Tour (LET) last week, finished with a total of two-over 218 -- two over 74 in the first round and even-par 72s in the final two.

The 54-hole Lavaux Ladies Open featuring 74 golfers is a part of the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS).

The LET Access Series is the official developmental tour of the Ladies European Tour, where the top five golfers earn a membership for the LET each year. Golfers who finish from sixth to 20th get direct entry to the qualifying tournament.

This was Tvesa Malik’s second LETAS tournament of the year after the Flumserberg Ladies Open earlier this month.

Indian golfer Tvesa Malik carded a birdie on the final hole at the Lavaux Ladies Open. Picture: Flickr/LET.

Tvesa Malik had a challenging start at the Lavaux Ladies Open. In the first round, she matched her four bogeys with as many birdies, but a double bogey on the par-three 17th saw her slip down to tied-38.

The Indian golfer, however, moved up seven places with a par 72 score in the second round to make the cut for the final day. The cut was set at six-over, with the Indian at two-over.

Starting the final round on the back nine, Tvesa hit a birdie on the 12th but lost a shot on the 17th. On front nine, the 24-year-old was one-over for the round heading to the final hole but managed a birdie to end on even par yet again.

Lavaux Ladies Open leaderboard

At the top end of the table, it was a photo-finish to the end with amateur French golfer Agathe Laisne clinching the title via a play-off.

The final round ended with a three-way tie at the top, with Laisne, her fellow countrywoman Agathe Sauzon and Slovenian teenager Pia Babnik at nine-unders after 54 holes.

The 16-year-old Babnik, who teed up with Tvesa in the first two rounds, looked to be a runaway leader after the second round with a five-shot advantage over the chasing pack.

Playing for her first professional title on the final day, however, the Slovenian prodigy faltered and could manage a three-over 75, allowing the two French women to catch up.

Babnik had set a course record of nine-under 63 in the second round.