Swede’s Classic bite back at Mt Broughton

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For a golfer who last year famously extracted the venom of a redback spider with a tee before completing a round, Daniela Holmqvist was never going to fear Mount Broughton.

The Southern Highlands layout, well known for its treacherous shrubbery and numerous snake warning signs, was a happy hunting ground for the Swede at the weekend.

Holmqvist, who suffered the spider bite during an Australian Open qualifying tournament in Canberra last year, won her first Australian Ladies Professional Golf title in the Mount Broughton Classic.

She created international headlines when deciding to rid herself of the venom from the spider bite using only a tee from her golf bag, but this time it was her feats on the course that impressed.

Holmqvist shot back-to-back five-under rounds to thwart Sarah Kemp’s late challenge in the 36-hole tournament.

She banked the winner’s cheque of $7500 for claiming an event known as Australian women’s golf’s biggest pro-am tournament.

Kemp carded an impressive six-under par final round to close within two shots, but Holmqvist’s consistency carried her to a maiden win in the Club Car series.

England’s Trish Johnson, a winner of 21 titles on the Ladies European Tour, finished a shot adrift of Kemp in third alongside France’s Joanna Klatten.

The field also included former world No 1 Laura Davies (6 over), who tied for 44th, 16 shots behind Holmqvist.

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