By Matt Smith
Dubai-based teen consolidated top spot in the Ladies European Tour Access Series Order of Merit thanks to a making it to the last four of the Swedish Championship at the weekend.
The German progressed to the semi-finals in the innovative event that saw the top 32 players after two days of strokeplay move into a matchplay format. Noja eventually went down to Netherlands’ Lauren Holmey 2&1. Amateur Holmey then lost the final to another German, Patricia Isabel Schmidt 4&2.
The champion said: “I think it will take some time to realise I have won but it feels great. I played some solid golf the last couple of days. I was happy to play with Lauren, we are good friends, and I was looking forward to the final match with her. I was hitting it solid off the tee, giving myself good positions into the green, and made some good putts.”
With New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori losing in the quarter-finals, there has been a change near the top of the LETAS rankings as Noja nears the title.
Schmidt moves up one spot to second place with 1,678.21 points, with Noja remains in first with 1,939.65 points.
Holmey moves to third with 1,461.30 points while Kobori is in fourth with 1,446.50 points.
The LETAS schedule takes a week off and comes back to Sweden with the Goteborg Open from 24–26 August at Kungsbacka Golfklubb.
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