The trend of visiting competitors winning the Brenda Wittenoom Open continued as Nedlands Golf Club member Vanessa Stephens claimed the 2021 edition of the major regional WA event at the weekend. Stephens won the title in just her second Open, and was among a field of 100 women who played in the two-day 36-hole stroke event. The Nedlands member produced a superb second round to help her claim the Open after sitting in 19th place overnight. Stephens shot a strong round off 66 on Sunday after hitting 74 on the opening day to finish on 140 overall and defeat day-one leader and Denmark Country Club’s Anna Wolfe by three strokes. The visiting player said it was fantastic to have a strong second day. “It’s unbelievable to win, a complete surprise,” she said. “I had an OK first day, it felt ugly, everything felt ugly, but I ended up with a 74 nett, which is quite reasonable, and then (Sunday) I just wanted to find the flow ... stay focused and grounded. “I just stayed in each shot, each shot was just a shot and that’s it, then move on and forget anything that went bad, and I got very lucky. “I’ve got to say lady luck kicked balls out of trees that could have been gone and out they came, so there’s an element of luck to win this. “I’m a big fan of the course. “I come from Nedlands and that’s just bunker city so to come here where’s there’s practically not bunkers, it’s quite exciting. “At home I can never run a shot on to the green.” Wolfe led by one shot overnight from former winner Hes Anderson but found the conditions tough on Sunday to finish on 143. Dianne Wood (144) filled third and Roslyn Davies and Albany member Barbara Madden rounded out the top five with scores of 145. The ladies’ gross winner was Robyn Lamb on 158.