There are two players tied at the top of the L.E.T. Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at the conclusion of the third round at the National Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey. Carlota Ciganda from Spain and England’s Charley Hull sit atop the leaderboard at -4 under par.
Charley Hull / L.E.T.
English rookie Charley Hull is attempting to win her first L.E.T. event and her third round score of -4 under par 69 has catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard for the start of play in the final round tomorrow. She has had two second place finishes already this year, at the Lalla Meryem Cup and also the South African Women’s Open.
Charley was happy with her third round apart from the three putt on the last hole today;
” It was a really good round but I’m very disappointed because I three-putted the last hole. I haven’t parred that hole yet, It was a really good day but I’m a bit annoyed. You want to be as good as you can. I didn’t expect anything but I played in quite a few events last year and did well and I felt like I was playing well so I kind of did expect. I wanted to come out with a bang, and I have.”
Carlota Ciganda / L.E.T.
Carlota had a third round of -1 under par 72, but thought she had played better than that score;
” I did one-under today, so I think it’s good to make under par on this course, I think I played better than the result. I missed a few putts out there and I’m happy because I’m at the top and there is one more day so I’m going to try my best. I hit good shots, very solid off the tee, so I’m going to try to keep it up.”
Alone in third place is defending champion Christel Boeljon, her fabulous third round of -6 under par, 67, has put her right back into the mix.
Christel was pleased with today’s effort but rued yesterdays 78;
” A good round, I’m really happy with it and no bogeys, so my game felt really good and the stats are very good, so I’m really pleased. Yesterday, I felt like I didn’t get my rhythm. I didn’t get my tempo and I was fighting to find it all round long. Today, the swing felt really solid; I had a good rhythm and therefore I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and made some good putts. I know you can make bogeys here and I know you can make a lot of birdies. Its not easy, so if you have a good round, it’s a really good round, but if you have a bad round, it can go fast. I’m happy to be back near the leaders. I don’t know how they are going to finish but it’s nice to be close and we’ll see what tomorrow brings. Tomorrow I’m just going to try to do the same, play one shot at a time.”
The more experienced players made a move in the wrong direction on moving day, the younger ladies showed them the way. Trish Johnson, now in a share of fourth at -2 under and Laura Davies sharing tenth at +1 over par lost out. Carmen Alonso ended the day back in a share of 15th on two over par after a six-over 79.