Trish Johnson sets her sights on the Spanish Open title in Tenerife, Spain.
Trish set the pace in the first round of the Tenerife Open de Espana, shooting -7 under par 65 at Golf Costa Adeje in the Canary Islands. A recent winner of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, Trish fired in eight birdies with only one bogey in the hot and sunny conditions, and said she was at a loss to explain her sudden return to good form, apart from a red-hot putter, calling one long putt a snaker;
“I can’t really explain it because for the past two weeks I’ve been rubbish and Evian was embarrassing. I think it’s just a case of when you go to some places you like the greens.”
” Having said that, I did go on the putting green yesterday. I saw something playing at Evian, and I can’t remember who it was, but I remember thinking I like the look of that with the right hand and I just started to practice it and I felt comfortable straight away.”
I thought, this feels really good, and I putted very well today, so we’ll see if it continues.”
“It was a real snaker and it went straight in. I’m very, very happy, a nice start, but there are an awful lot of good players here and I’m under no illusions. There won’t be any six shot leads, that’s for sure with Carlota and Charley and Aza here.”
In second place at -6 under par is Wendy Hillier, just one shot behind on 66, with two ladies tied in third position, Stacy Lee Bregman and Kylie Walker carding rounds of -5 under par 67.
Stacy Lee was also very pleased with her putting performance;
“I putted really well today. I hit some really good putts and hit it on the fairways and knocked it close and gave myself a lot of chances.”
” I’ve grown up playing courses that are inland, not coastal courses, but I do have a bit of experience with grainy greens. I saw everything today and it felt right.”
“I was in the right frame of mind. I’ve been working on my putting and it seems to be paying off.”
Spanish hopes are resting on Carlota Cigander, who is tied in fifth place at -4 under par, with a whole host of other ladies.
Carlota was reasonably pleased with today’s round;
“I was three under after four holes and then I had a couple of holes where I didn’t play very good, on nine and ten. I came back and kept playing very well on the back nine so I’m very happy with my results today.”