L.E.T. Sberbank Golf Masters. Julie Jubilant.

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Julie Greciet was jubilant at the Sberbank Golf Masters in Prague, picking up the Trophy.

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Julie scored a final round -5 under par 66 to win the Sberbank Golf Masters with a -17 under par total for the 54 hole event.This win at Golf Park Plzeň in Prague, is her first L.E.T. trophy. Play was suspended for an hour due to storms and torrential rain, but afterwards play resumed in damp conditions, where Julie managed to hold her nerves, until a bogey on the 18th;

“It’s crazy because I didn’t think it was possible to win this year and I’m very, very happy. I want to thank my caddie, who is my father and my family and my boyfriend for supporting me this year.”

“I think now I can win another tournament and maybe eight or ten! I’m going to drink champagne for a week when I get home.”

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Lee-Anne Pace finished in second place, a last round -6 under 65 saw her post -15 under par. Lee-Anne actually carded eight birdies on the day, but unfortunately ran up a double bogey six on the 4th hole. The only mistake she made;

“I played really well this week and made one mistake which cost me a little bit. Amy started like a house on fire so I thought, I needed to keep up with her. I made some birdies to catch up but threw those two shots away.”

” I stayed focused and finished second. I’m a bit tired, so happy to have a week off now in France where I’m going to relax and maybe go for a surf.”

Third spot went to Amy Boulden, who also recorded a final round of -6  under par 65, to finish with a -14 under par total. She started the round with real purpose, three birdies in the first three holes;

“Three birdies in the first three holes, I got off to a great start. I couldn’t unfortunately make the putts on the last few holes but I’m happy with my performance. “

I think after the 11th, on the par three, I wasn’t really sure where I was lying because there weren’t any score boards. I knew I must have been there or thereabouts.”

“My confidence is getting better each tournament I play. I got to play with Lee-Anne Pace today who is a fantastic player and she gave me some nice words of advice at the end, so that was great. She said she thought I was a great player and she thinks I can make it.”

L.E.T. Sberbank Golf Masters. Julie Jumps Ahead.

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Julie Greciet jumps ahead in the Sberbank Golf Masters in Prague.

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Frenchwoman Julie Greciet shot a second round -7 under par 64 to take a one shot lead with a total of -12 under par, on the Golf Park Plzeň, in the Czech Republic. Julie is playing her golf with a wrist injury this season, but that did not stop her from hitting 12 greens and to make 23 putts in this round;

I made the putts and that was the difference so I’m very happy. I think it’s a small course but it’s difficult because you have tricky tee shots and the second shots are very important because you have many bunkers around the green. I like it.”

Ursula Wikstrom is in second place, just one shot off the lead at -11 under par, a bogey free -6 under par 65 has put her in position to win her first Tour title;

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in a position to fight for it over the weekend so I want to be in this position. Today, no bogeys, so that’s always a nice round.”

“On the back nine I wasn’t making any putts or hitting it as close so it was nice to get one birdie. The good thing is I have my coach as my caddie and I’m starting to hit the ball okay and the putts are falling, so things are going okay so far.”

Pamela Pretswell and Lee-Anne Pace shared third on -9 under par under-par.

Pamela is playing with her knee strapped up, making it impossible to get down and read the putts, so she is relying on her caddie, and father Willie, to read them;

I’m happy with my round and today’s progress. I’ve been making it simple for myself, so far I’ve been making sure I‘ve got a shot into the greens by taking different clubs off the tees and giving myself a lot of birdie chances which I’ve taken advantage of.”

Lee-Anne’s only problem is not enough sleep;

I think I was a little bit less tired than yesterday after a good sleep last night so my focus was definitely there and I felt good. “

“I made that eagle on 14, hit it to two metres and made the putt so that obviously gives you two shots. I hit it close on 16 again and made the putt. I’m hitting it good and putting well so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

 

L.E.T. Sberbank Golf Masters. Steffi Kirchmayr Leads.

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Steffi Kirchmayr leads the Sberbank Golf Masters in Prague.

 

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Steffi admitted to not liking the course, but she could still play it, carding a first round -7  under par 64 to lead the Sberbank Golf Masters at Golf Park Plzeň;

 ” It’s a great feeling to shoot seven-under. I don’t really like the set-up of this golf course, because it favors the short hitters and good putters, so I can’t take advantage of my length.”

  “I only had one bad hole, where I had to chip out of a fairway bunker, but I hit it close and made the putts. My parents came to watch from Germany just for today so I felt I had to shoot a good round for them. They said it was worth driving for three hours to see a 64.”

Mallory Fraiche, from the U.S.A . is in second place, just one shot behind at -6 under par, she said having her sister on the bag, and playing two practice rounds was of great benefit to her;

“It was very solid and my short game was on point and so it helped save me a lot. This week I knew I needed to practice, so I played the course twice before the tournament, which I also think helped.”

Five ladies are tied in third place, all at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 66, they are Julie Greciet, Amy Boulden, Nikki Garrett, Pamela Pretswell and Ursula Wikstrom.

The L.E.T. rookie Amy is trying to earn enough money to stay on the Tour;

” This is my sixth week in a row after the US Women’s Open. It wasn’t supposed to be like that because I got into the Bucks at the last minute and then the Ricoh Women’s British Open. I’m just trying to make the most of each week because I still don’t have my full card. I’m trying to earn enough money to secure my card for next year.”

Aussie Nikki almost quit golf at one stage last year, a back to back tour winner seven years ago;

“It’s nice, all of the girls out there will know that I’ve struggled with my driver the last few years and I’m hitting it well again and it feels good over it, so it’s a totally different game when you get it in play off the tee. I don’t regret coming out here. When I go home I’ll reassess and see if I come out for the second half of the season.”

Julie said she had putted well, but did card one bogey, because of a plugged ball in a bunker;

I played very well and I had one bogey on nine because my ball was plugged in the bunker and I had no chance, but I had an eagle on 14 and birdie on 15 and 18 so I’m happy because my putting was very good and I took 30 putts and hit 16 greens today.”

Scot Pamela was happy with her good start to the tournament;

“I made a really good start when I got up and down for par at the first and made birdie on two and three and kicked on from there.”

In a strange incident Moroccan Maha Haddioui was disqualified prior to starting her first round due to being nine minutes late on the tee. How can you be so late for your tee time ?

LPGA Marathon Classic. Lovely Lydia Wins

 

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Lovely 17 year-old Lydia Ko wins the Marathon Classic at the Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Lydia shot a final bogey free  round -6 under par 65 to reach her winning total of -15 under par, a one shot victory. A successful birdie putt on eighteen was crucial as So Yeon was applying the pressure. Lydia was trying to watch as So Yeon attempted her birdie putt, but her vision was partially blocked by spectators;

” I knew I needed to make birdie. I couldn’t see it properly. I was behind some people.”

With this win Lydia has become the youngest ever player to amass one million dollars in career earnings on the LPGA, she then commented that the winning check would go  into her Mom’s account;

”I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account.”

So Yeon Ryu was in second spot at -14 under par, after she missed a shortish putt on the 18th green to force a play-off. She was obviously upset at the final outcome;

Absolutely I’m disappointed I missed that birdie putt. Sometimes if I get something lucky, then I get something that is unlucky. I just accept it and let it go.”

In third place was Cristie Kerr at -12 under par for the tournament, she was enjoying a good round until the final few holes, when suddenly things started to go wrong. A disastrous five at he par 4 15th hole, which was followed by two pars on the closing final holes 17 & 18, both par fives.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Wins, In A Playoff.

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Kylie Walker won the Ladies German Open, in a play-off against Charley Hull.

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After creating a new record of three rounds at -8 under par 64, Kylie could only manage a final round of -1 under par 71, which gave her a tournament total of -25 under par. She won with a par on the first extra hole;

“It was pretty nerve-wracking. Charley played brilliantly today because it was slightly tougher conditions as well. I wasn’t quite playing as well as I have done the rest of the week but I’m delighted to have hung in there today and get the win. “

“I was hoping not for a play-off, I was trying to win it in regulation play but it didn’t happen and Charley made a great birdie on 17 to tie for the lead. I was delighted in the play-off that I made a solid par and managed to get it. I’m delighted. I’m just living the dream at the moment. I’m really happy and enjoying my golf.”

Charley Hull, who had two rounds herself of -8 under par finished with a bogey free last round of -7 under par 65, to catch Kylie at the top on -25 under par. An errant tee shot on the first play-off hole was her undoing;

“I just blocked my tee shot on the last which was annoying but I hit a good shot in and a good putt. I’m quite happy. It’s been a long three weeks and I’m a bit tired now because I’ve been in contention all three weeks and especially with a major in the middle of it. To finish it off with a second place is not too bad.”

“I’m looking forward to my next competitions after I have a week or so off because I feel like my game is in really good condition. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. It’s a shame because in regulation play on 18 I hit my drive 305 yards, so it’s a shame for me to push it a little bit in my play-off hole.”

Defending  Ladies German Open champion Carlota Ciganda fired in a tournament low round -9 under par 63,  to finish in solo third place on -23 under-par.

“I’ve been playing really good the whole day. I starting hitting great shots and not making putts but I tried to stay patient and I made an eagle on 12 and then on 14 I hit the hole and the ball ended 10 metres away. Then I finished with two birdies in the last four so I’m very happy with that.”

It’s really nice to play once in a while in Europe because you come from the States and the courses here are a bit easier, shorter, and the confidence goes up. I’m really happy with the way I played this week. I love Europe and everything I can do to support I’ll always do.”

Marathon Classic. Laura & Lee Ann Share the Lead.

 

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Laura Diaz and Lee Ann Pace share the Marathon Classic lead after three rounds at Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Laura started the day with a three shot lead, but an error by her caddie was costly, a two-stroke penalty. She finished the round with an even par 71 score, and shared the the tournament lead at -11 under par;

“I mean, it’s an accident. It could have happened to anybody, the fact of the matter is he is trying to help me and he’s out there trying to help me. There was no reason or need to get upset. Nothing we could do about it. I had hit a bad tee shot. I had put myself in the position. So it’s unfortunate what happened, but you just go with the flow.”

“The way I look at golf is you don’t get strokes back, we start a round and we add strokes to our scorecard on every hole. I think that it was nice to have a two instead of a three or a four on nine. I think that I’m grateful for the opportunity that I had to make a two on nine.”

“I make myself nervous, but I really focused today on just going out and having fun, I was able to enjoy myself out there. Let a couple things slide that I think in the past may have irked me. But I felt good about today. Just go out and have fun tomorrow.”

Lee Ann carded a third round -3 under par 68 to draw level at the top;

” I think I play a very similar type of game every time I go out there, try to hit the fairways and try to hit the green and make the putt, and so far it’s been working. Hopefully coming down the stretch it’s going to be enough.”

“Obviously Europe is quite a bit different from America, I think the courses are a little more strict. The pins are a bit more difficult. So just for my own golf it’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well. It already has made my week. Was so tired in the beginning of the week and now this happened, so I’m very excited.”

 Jaye Marie Green and So Yeon Ryu are tied in third place at -10 under par, just one shot behind the leaders.

 Lydia Ko did not have a good day and heads into Sunday’s final round two shots off the lead at 9-under par, following her third round of -1 under par 70;

“I didn’t have a great day, I only made two bogeys, but felt like I made much more. I made two bogeys on the first day; the only difference was I wasn’t making as many birdies. I definitely know that the birdies are out there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them tomorrow.”

Ladies German Open. Kylie Records Three Rounds of 64.

 

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Kylie Walker has set a new Ladies European Tour record, carding three consecutive  rounds of -8 under par 64, at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie sits atop the Ladies German Open leaderboard on -24 under par, with a six shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The picture above shows Kylie recovering from  having had to take a penalty drop behind a tree, she holed a 9-iron shot from 132 yards for the first of four straight birdies;

“On 14, that was a real stroke of luck really, I had three-putted 13 for bogey and then tugged my tee shot on 14 and it had hit a tree, but from the tee we couldn’t see what had happened. I got up there and the ball was still in the tree about two feet off the ground. So I took two club length’s penalty drop and I didn’t have a line at all. I hit a 9-iron over bushes and a tree and then ran out to see where it went and it managed to go in, so it was crazy. I had to calm myself down after that.”

Charley Hull is tied in second place, she also fired a -8 under par 64, to get her to -18 under par for the tournament, despite not getting off to a good start;

“I didn’t really get off to a fast start, because I birdied the first but didn’t hole many putts on my front nine. I missed a short putt on the fourth hole from five feet and could have birdied the next couple of holes but I’m happy with a steady round of golf. Hopefully a low one tomorrow will put me up there.”

With Charley on that -18 under par score is YU Yang Zhang, she posted -5 under par 67 today, and is not too fazed about matching it up with the big hitters, to try and win her first L.E.T. tournament;

“I think I will be playing with two long hitters so I will stick to my game plan and just try to make birdies and focus on my shots.”

Would be great if Kylie could post another -8 under par, what a tremendous feat that would be.

 

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz Digs Deep.

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Laura Diaz digs deep late in her round to maintain the lead in the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio.

 

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Laura  birdied three of her final four holes to emerge from a three-way tie for the lead with a three-shot lead after the second round at the Marathon Classic. Her second round -2 under par 69 was good enough to separate her from the clutches of Lydia Ko and Lee Ann Pace. Laura posted a halfway total of -11 under par. She reported that having camera’s on her was not a good thing;

For me, it was just a challenge because I haven’t been in this position in a very long time. For sure haven’t had cameras on me in a long time. So I was anxious for them to go away I think in a funny kind of way.”

“A lot of the Golf Channel cameras were out and I was waving. They get in my face and I don’t really know what to do. I say, ‘Hi, kiddos, I love you.’ That kind of stuff.”

Lydia carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 67, to get to -8 under par for the tournament, and the 17 year-old was very happy to be playing solid golf;

” You know what, I had two solid rounds. I thought I played pretty solid today and yesterday. Hopefully I can continue that through the weekend.”

” I try and be calm, you know, that’s what you have to do. Just I guess being overly happy or overly angry, that’s not going to help me. That’s what I think, so I try and stay calm.”

Lee Ann recorded a -3 under par 68 second round, and she also was very happy with her position going into the week-end;

“I felt like I played really well, yeah, I’m very happy about the position. I would like to be in contention on the weekend. That’s when the fun starts, right? So hopefully I can keep hitting the ball like I am and make a couple of putts on the weekend, and you never know.”

” It makes a big difference finishing birdie birdie, makes you feel a lot better going into tomorrow. I think back nine is definitely a little bit easier, more scorable, so very happy about this finish.” 

Worryingly Michelle Wie has now missed her second-consecutive cut after missing the weekend at the Women’s British Open last week, and now here, lets hope this is just a temporary set-back.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Catches Fire, Another 64.

 

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Kylie Walker catches fire and shoots another round of -8 under par 64 at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie recorded a second straight round of -8 under par 64,  in the really scorching conditions at Golfclub Wörthsee, to equal the all-time record for the lowest 36-hole total in a Ladies European Tour  event. That total score of -16 under par also gives her a three shot lead;

“I’m not really used to being in this position. I led in Holland through the tournament but I haven’t thought about it. I just try to play one shot at a time.”

Yu Yang Zhang is in second place on her own, a second round -5 under par 67, giving her a -13 under par total.

In third place is Dewi Claire Schreelfel at -12 under par for the tournament, she also carded a -8 under par 64 second round.

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz shoots 62 in 1st Round.

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Laura Diaz shoots her lowest ever score in the opening round of Marathon Classic in Ohio. A marvelous -9 under par 62 effort which gives her a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.

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Laura has toughened up mentally recently;

“I think that I’ve done a lot of work on my mental game and I know better than anyone that just because you make one birdie doesn’t mean you’re going to make eighteen. It was great to get out and get five in a row. I had a six, seven footer for six in a row. I just kept trying to hit good shots and make good putts.”

 “I’m very happy to shoot 62, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. It’s nice to get a good feeling after round one. To see the ball going in the hole, I think that’s always a boost. To see it rolling and rolling in and then getting close on the ones that don’t go in.”

’”I’ve been playing better this year than I’ve played in the last four years, but still not where I would like to be. But it’s going in the right direction.”

Austin Ernst and Lee Ann Pace are tied in second spot at -5 under par following their first rounds of -5 under par 66 on this par 71 lay-out.

Austin is hoping to put together four good rounds this week, she also spoke of her Eagle on the 18th;

“I don’t think it’s been a great year for me, been a lot of good rounds in tournaments, but not really having good weeks. Really just been inconsistent with the putter. It’s kind of been there couple days and then kind of gone. But goals are still the same. I still want to win this year.”

“I hit it absolutely perfect, landed it right where I wanted to. You could tell, I think it landed about three yards short and then the crowd just erupted. Kind of knew it went in, but, yeah, it was awesome.”

Lee Ann is happy with her game right now;

“Really happy, I played very consistently. Actually been playing quite well for the last several weeks, so, yeah, been good.”

Tied in fourth place at -4 under par are last weeks winner Mo Martin, Lydia Ko,Katie Burnett, Mariajo Uribe and Marissa Steen.

Mo Martin, British Women’s Open winner is still on a high;

“I’m pretty tired and still kind of feels like a dream. I was joking around with the trainers saying, ‘Can you massage here because my face hurts a little bit from smiling.’ So still kind of surreal, but I was able to focus on my round today. Proud of that. Had a good time today.”