Former Matador Beth Allen Finishes Second at Open de Espana Femenino

Former Matador Beth Allen posted the best finish of her professional career when she placed second at the Open de Espana Femenino at the La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Marbella, Benhavis, Spain on Sept. 15.

Allen posted rounds of 69-68-72-72 to finish at seven under-par 281. She carried a one-shot lead into the final round but Melissa Reid of England carded a final round of (-2) 70 to beat Allen by one shot.

With her second-place finish, Allen earned her biggest paycheck to date on the Ladies European Tour. She earned 26,308 Euros ($35,740 U.S) for her second-place finish which moved her up 17 places to 24th on the LET money list this season.

Allen earned her LPGA Tour card in 2005 and competed for three seasons on the tour. In 2008, she began competing on the European Tour where she has career earnings of $187,000.

Allen competed at Cal State Northridge from 2000-2004 and was the Big West Player of the Year as a senior in 2004. She was also a two-time first team All-Big West selection and led the Matadors to the NCAA West Regionals in 2003 and 2004 and went on to finish 22nd at the 2004 NCAA Championship.

She still holds the Cal State Northridge career scoring record (74.41) and has the top two single season scoring records. In 2003, Virada Nirapathpongporn defeated Allen in the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. In 2004, she was a quarterfinalist at the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.