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  Gloria Ruiz's fabulous final round 51 at Sant Cebria

"Winning the Catalan Ladies Open was something I did not expect,"  was Gloria Ruiz's immediate reaction to her exciting success at Sant Cebria in April. "Intermational opens are difficult competitions and victory is difficult to achieve. It was a great thrill to win and to do it in Catalonia."

Gloria was pleased with most aspects of your her game over the weekend. "The first element I was working was putting because that usually costs me strokes. At the end of the first two rounds on Saturday, I wasn't satisfied with my putting, and I went to the putting green to practice, to be effective on Sunday."

Gloria was not drawn with the other main ladies contenders for the final round and that presented its own challenges."There were times when I found concentration difficult, because I was wondering about the results of other players."

There were few flaws in Gloria's wonderful final round of 51. That three under par effort saw her make up a five stroke overnight deficit to eventually triumph by two from fellow Catalan Abby Nachson. "The last round was a mind question. I was nervous because I wanted to get a good result to catch my two rivals, who were outstanding, I started off very concentrated on my own game. On the first hole, I was nervous since they both carded a double bogey and I made a birdie. I was now two shots behind. Later on, I saw that Isabel was dropping shots and Abby was making pars. But everything was perfect for me on the last three holes. I made two birdies to finish and got the good result."

Before play on Sunday morning, some of Gloria's close associates were optimistic about her prospects and believed that she could win, albeit Abby Nachson and Isabel Cano were some distance ahead. Gloria didn't initially share that confidence. "The truth is that although my family told me that I could do it, I was not too clear. During the round I began to believe that it could be possible."

This was a first big singles competition win for the young Gemini. "In individual mode I had not won any major competition, but our team Vallès Femení won the handicap category at the Catalan Ladies Interclubs. Although qualified, Gloria will not contest the 2017 World Strokeplay championships in Norway. However, she is interested in international events. "I plan to play the International Open of Andorra next June"

Gloria's main sporting interest outside of Pitch and Putt is....golf! "Yes, I also play golf, some social events and some official competitions like the Spanish Championship."

We hope she continues to play Pitch and Putt. 

CATALAN VERSION

Q. Què significa guanyar l'Open Catalunya Femení 2017?

Doncs guanyar l'Open de Catalunya femení ha sigut algo que no m'esperava ja que penso que es una comepticio complicada i dificil d'aconseguir. Ha estat una gran emoció poder guanyar, i a més fer-ho a Catalunya.

Q. Quins aspectes del seu joc vas treballar bé durant el cap de setmana?

El principal element que vaig treballar més va ser el putt, ja que normalment es el pal que em costa més. Al finalitzar les primeres dues voltes el dissabte, no estava satisfeta amb el joc del putt, i vaig anar a practicar per tal que el diumenge sigues efectiu.

Q. Hi va haver algun aspecte del teu joc que no va funcionar bé?

hi ha vegades que la concentració em resulta dificil, ja que estic pendent dels resultats dels companys

Q. Parla'ns d'aquesta meravellosa volta final de 51 cops.

Doncs la volta va ser qüestió de cap,  encara que estigués nerviosa ja que volia aconseguir un bon resultat per atrapar a les dues rivals que estaven més destacades, vaig començar molt concentrada en el meu joc. En el primer forat em vaig possar més nerviosa ja que elles dues van punxar fent un doble bogey cada una i jo fent berdie em posava a dos cops. Més endevant vaig veure que la Isabel es despenjava una mica i la Abby aguantava, pero als últims 3 forats em va sortir tot rodó, realitzant dos berdies per acabar i aconseguir tant bon resultat.

Q. En l’inici de la volta de diumenge, creies que podies guanyar tenint en compte que l’Abby i l’Isabel anaven al capdavant?

La veritat és que encara que els meus familiars em deien que si que ho podia fer, jo no ho tenia massa clar. Durant la volta ja em vaig anar fent a la idea de que podia ser possible.

Q. Quines altres grans competicions de pitch & putt has guanyat?

En modalitat individual no havia guanyat cap gran competició, pero a nivell d'equip havia aconseguit l'interclubs femení en modalitat handicap amb el meu equip de El Vallès Femení.

Q. Tens previst jugar més esdeveniments internacionals el 2017 fora de Catalunya?

Si, tinc previst jugar el proxim mes de juny el Open Internacional d'Andorra

Q. Jugaràs el World Strokeplay championship 2017 a Noruega?

No ho crec 

Q. Practiques altres esports a més del Pitch & Putt?

Si, també practico golf i intento realitzar algunes competicions socials i algunes d'oficials com el Campionat d'Espanya.