Ladies European Tour. Laura Davies at Buckingham Palace.

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Laura Davies made a trip to Buckingham Palace to receive her Damehood. Congratulations Dame Laura, we look forward to seeing you back in action out on the golf course.

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Of course Dame Laura took along her family and friends to share this honorable moment.

Dame Laura Davies

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According to Laura’s official website, www.lauradaviesgolf.com, Laura’s late father Dave would have been proud.

L.E.T. Helsingborg Open. Dewi Does It.

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Dewi-Claire Schreefel does it, she wins her first Ladies European Tour trophy, the Helsingborg Open at Vasatorps Golfklubb in Sweden.

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Dewi raced away from the field, shooting a final round of -6 under par 66, to win the Helsingborg Open at -17 under par, and a massive seven shot winning margin. Quite an accomplishment for her first Ladies European Tour win. Her nearest rival was Rebecca Artis, who was placed second at -10 under par for the tournament, Dewi was aware that Rebecca was trying to chase her down;

It’s a good way to win. Rebecca had a good chase on and I was glad to be playing well to keep up with her and I can’t find a better way to win that this.”

“I’ve been a pro for five years and every year has got better but I felt like this year it was going to come. All the elements came together.”

 

Rebecca, the defending Champion had to settle for second place, but overall was happy with her performance;

“I chased late in the back nine, birdied 10, 11, 12 and 14 but she was matching me, so there was not much I could do about it.”

“I probably didn’t play my best golf on the front nine; I needed to get it going early and make some birdies early and put pressure on her and I didn’t do that. I turned one over through nine and I made a bit of flurry on the back nine and a charge but every time I made a birdie she matched me.”

“I played pretty good golf out there today and was happy with my effort and what can I say? Second when I come back to defend: I’m happy with that.”

The magnificent Dame Laura Davies also recorded a final round -6 under par 66, which gave her third place on her own, and she was delighted with her weeks work;

A 67 for a top five was what we were looking at, so a 66 for a top three is obviously a bonus.”

“I was just short of the third in two and had 40 yards and hit a little pitch, checked up and it ran right up in the middle, so that was nice. Number six, just pulled a five-iron into the greenside bunker but it was an easy bunker shot, flopped it out and it just went in like a putt again.”

“The British Open was more important in that it got me into a lot of stuff in America but a top three is better than a top nine. I don’t judge tournaments by money or prestige: if you play well on the week, top three is a great finish so this is a big week for me.”

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Golf Cup. Ariya Jutanugarn Hits the Front.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup Defending Champion Ariya Jutanugarn hits the front in the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup at the end of day two of this Ladies European Tour event in Morocco.

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The defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn carded a bogey-free -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend at Golf de l’Ocean in Morocco.

Ariya reported that her driver was under control today, but the putter is not responding;

“Today I played pretty good and my driver was a lot better. My game was a lot better than yesterday in general. Today my putting was not very good, but it was okay. Yesterday my putting was a lot better than today. It’s very nice to play here because having won here it makes me a lot more confident.”

Nina Holleder, in second place at -6 under par, is hoping to get into the Solheim Cup, She lives only a five-minute cycle ride from Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, the venue of the 2015 Solheim Cup;

“I played the last two rounds really solidly and hit 16 greens each day, so it was not too difficult as the putter was good. I had more chances for birdie but I’m happy with it. At least I hope to improve from last year and climb up a bit in the ranking so that I have the full tour card for next year, because I’m still in category 9b now.”

15 year-old French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez shares second place at -6 under par, she said it was an amazing day;

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“It was an amazing day. I putted really well with no bogeys on the card, so it was easier to make a good score. My game was nice, always on the green. My game was really good. After the first nine I was minus two and just a little bit nervous, but after the birdie, eagle and birdie on 10, 11, 12, I was trying to make pars. I think my game was like the pros so it made me feel secure.”

Laura Davies, Gwladys Nocera, overnight co-leader Sophie Walker  and Sophie Giquel-Bettan are all tied in third place at -5 under par.

Laura missed a few putts, but is still in a good position;

“I’ve played really well. I’ve hit 17 greens the first day, 17 greens today and the story is not making enough putts. Thirty three putts both days, but having said that, I’m at five-under-par and in a decent position.”

Gwladys also thinks she should have done better;

“It looks good when you look at the board, but the way I played, when I hit the ball, it was so close to the pin and I didn’t make a putt, so it’s frustrating. I know I’m on top of the leader board but I’m pretty disappointed with my day.”

“I guess I am tough on myself and I always want to do better. I’m here to work and to win. For me, it’s not a good day, but I look at it that I’m on top of the leader board but could do so much better.”

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Cup. Two Tied At the Top, Day 1.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup There are two Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard on day 1 of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Rebecca Hudson and Sophie Walker are tied at the top at -5 under par on the opening day at  Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir with totals of 66.

Naturally Rebecca was extremely happy with her round, especially as she practiced in a field at the back of a friend’s house;

“I’m very happy, I hit the ball well. I haven’t done as much practice as I would like but I came out and practised here the last few days. I had the ball under control and putted well and that makes a big difference. Hopefully I can keep this going forward.”

 “It’s great because she’s got a field behind her house so I’ve just been practising my short game. I have been practising but not long game.  I came here and practised my putting. My short game today was very good and I got up and down all but one time.”

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A good practice round in the wind set up Sophie nicely for the day;

“Yesterday I had an afternoon practice round and I thought that would be good preparation because it always gets really windy here. I holed a decent putt on eleven and knocked it really close. Two under after three, you’ve got to take advantage of that.”

“It was a couple of clubs wind and on the back nine it was a cross wind a lot. I played well last week but just didn’t putt very well, so the aim this week was to putt better and I did that today. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and try to keep my percentage of fairways up and my putts low.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -4 under after her opening round of 67, she said the jet lag from the flight helped her on her early tee time;

“I really enjoyed it. With the jet lag from China it was perfect to play early this morning because I was awake so early. It was pretty good. We had perfect conditions, like 20, 24 degrees and the wind picked up around the fourteenth hole, but it was good conditions and I did the job and it was fun.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, Jing Yan, Nina Holleder, Charley Hull and Laura Davies have a share of fourth place, all at -3 under par on the tightly packed scoreboard.

Ariya reported that her driver was not behaving properly;

“My putting and irons were good today and helped me a lot but my driver was so bad. I hit like six provisional balls today and had a lost ball and had a seven because of my driver. I couldn’t hit it straight so I had to change my mind and hit three-wood” 

Charley had eye trouble and did not putt too well;

“It was good and I hit it pretty well, apart from one drive, I could have been a lot under par, but the putts didn’t go in. I missed a few short putts to begin with but I learned from that and had four birdies on the trot where I should have had six. I could have shot a lot lower.”

“It’s a great golf course. It’s quite tight off the tee so you need to be hitting it straight. I woke up this morning and my eye was swollen and I think I must have been bitten at night. I thought I would be playing with one eye but it wasn’t too bad. I could see more out of my right eye than my left so people at home will probably think, ‘What’s the matter with her eye?’ It’s gone down a bit now though.”

Looks like an interesting tournament developing here in Morocco.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Headwall Heads at Half-Way.

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Caroline Hedwall heads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the half-way stage at the Victoria Golf Club.

Caroline Hedwall.

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Caroline carded a second round of -7 under par 65, which included a hole in one at the par three sixteenth, an Eagle at the par five eighth, five birdies and sadly two bogey’s, for a total of -11 under par. She said that playing with confidence was the key to her amazing round, but she did not see the ace go in the hole;

” I’m very happy with how I’m striking the ball and my putting is getting better and better, so I definitely feel like I have a lot of confidence. Yesterday I hit a full 7-iron over the green and it was basically the same yardage today, so I hit a soft one and it covered the pin all the way and then I just saw it bounce once and hit the pin.  But I didn’t see it go in.”

” I’m driving pretty well, I missed a couple of drives yesterday and today but I managed to save a couple of bogeys and I’m still making a lot of birdies and also eagles. ‘I love everything about this place.”

Suzann Petterson is still very much in the hunt, recording a second round of -4 under par 68 for her tournament total of -10 under par. Suzann admitted it was not her best golf today, but was happy with the result.

“Today was not the best day, but when I had a good chance I kind of executed.”

Australian amateur Minjee Lee is still there, carding a second round of -5 under par 67, which included an Eagle 2 at the first hole, for a total of -9 under par. She finished runner-up in last week’s Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, and continues with  her excellent recent form;

“Yeah, I’m in good form.  I’m confident in my game and I’m playing good. It was such a slow start, I started with nine pars. I was just patient, and it came together late in the round.”

Lydia Ko is another shot back at -8 under par after shooting another -4 under par 68 round, and shares fourth place at -8 under par with Holly Clyburn and Anna Nordqvist. Anna had a very quiet round, despite setting a course record at Victoria off the women’s tees, with a -8 under par round of 64, she explained afterwards;

”I woke up with no voice this morning, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Among those missing the cut are Lexi Thompson, Gwladys Nocera, Charley Hull and Laura Davies.

ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. Mi Hyang Lee Wins.

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South Korean Mi Hyang Lee won the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Club.

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Mi Hyang fired a -9 under par 63 third round to shoot to the top of the leaderboard at the NZ Woman’s Open, at -9  under par. One amazing course record round takes her to the summit, and victory.

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Mi Hyang was on the practice green, preparing for sudden death play-off;

“I came around to the clubhouse and my Dad said ‘You won’ because Lydia missed a birdie putt, and I cannot believe. It’s my best score in my life and I made the course record too so I am so happy now.”

“Everything is better, last two days my shot is not bad but my putt is so bad. I can’t concentrate because I have the sick. But I had more putting practice and it feels better. Putting is so much better. I had 26 putts today. I hope more tournaments I can have more good scores like 61 and 62. I got more confident and I got more good feeling in my golf.” 

Lydia Ko the Defending Championwas just one shot back at -8 under par after her third round of -2 under par 70, I guess the stomach bug was still needling her. It was a valiant effort under the circumstances, it just goes to prove that golf is a funny game, you can win from nowhere, actually Mi Hyang  leapt 21 places up the leaderboard with her final round fireworks to win by one.

Lydia was feeling better, but could not match the winning score;

“I think I played pretty good for my health and obviously Mi Hyang played great as well, 63 is a pretty amazing score. Luckily the winds weren’t up that much the last couple of days. So that gave us more opportunities to go lower but in saying that just because it’s calm doesn’t mean everyone can shoot 63.”

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Three ladies tied in third place at -7 under par for the tournament, they are; Seonwoo Bae, Anya Alvarez and Beth Allen.

You have to admire Laura Davies, she made the cut and still battled it out with ladies more than half her age, well done Laura.

ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open. Two Tied at the Top, but not Lydia.

dragon logo darkISPS Handa New Zealand Women´s OpenKiwi girl Stacy Tate and South Korean Seonwo Bae lead the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open after the first round at Clearwater Golf Club in New Zealand, both ladies carding -4 under par 68. Lydia is not far adrift, one of a host of ladies tied in third place at -3 under par.

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Lydia Ko is one of five players tied in third place at -3 under par, along with another teenage sensation Charley Hull after their first rounds of 69.

Charley was happy to play alongside Lydia, to gain some knowledge;

” I try and focus mainly on myself and my own game but sometimes just have a look at little things that you can learn off her. She has got a great tempo, that is one of the main things I worked on over winter, ‘cause I noticed that about her.  So it was something I definitely needed to work on. I was working on some stuff and it wasn’t quite together and I thought if my tempo was better, it would give me more of a chance, so that is one thing I have definitely noticed with Lydia. She has won five professional titles and I am trying to win my first one still so she is a good person to learn from.”

“I like playing with Lydia, actually you learn a lot off her, which is weird, but I played with her in the Canadian Open for the first three rounds, we were both playing pretty well in that and then she soared ahead. I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

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 Laura Davies, who had a first round of even par 72, and is a winner of an incredible 84 professional titles, and the 2012 NZ Women’s Open, has played a motherly role to the young English superstar Charley;

“Me and Charley get on really well, I played with her in her first pro event last year in Morocco and I just thought she was a lovely young girl with a really bright future. I haven’t given her a lot of advice, I have talked to her Dad a bit about travel and things and that is just helping out someone who is a peer. You try to help them if you can, you want to beat them and they want to beat you but there is no doubt that Charley is an exciting prospect and she has a really bright future.”

I look forward to tomorrow’s second round, and fully expect Lydia to rise to the top.