On a day when several challengers made good starts, the 23-year-old held her nerve and didn’t look like relinquishing her lead at any stage, going on to win by two shots from a trio of golfers; Silvia Baron of Spain, Marta Engzleuis of Norway and Casey Danielson of the United States.
MacLaren was elated with the win, her first on the Ladies European Tour.
“This is the best I’ve played for a long, long time.,” she said. “All parts of my game were good.
“To go out there today and to still feel in control of my ball striking and all of that, it gave me a little bit of margin for error towards the end.”
Having only turned professional in late 2016 MacLaren said she was shocked to be in the winner’s circle so early in her career.
“It feels incredible to be a tour winner,” she said. “I didn’t think those words would be coming out of my mouth so soon.
"I played well in the few events that I played last year but you’ve got to be patient.
“It can take some players years before they get over the line. To do it now gives me a lot of confidence.”
Sarah Kemp was the best of the Australians at 7-under and T5 after a final round 68, Rebecca Artis a stoke further back and T9.
MacLaren joins a select group of golfers to win the NSW Open including former world number one players Dame Laura Davies (2008) and Lydia Ko (2012).
When MacLaren was told of the company she now keeps, she was shocked.
"Oh wow!” she beamed. “I had no idea. That's incredible."
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