Qatar Ladies Open. Aditi Wins Back to Back.

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Aditi Ashok, the brilliant teenage rookie from India has now won back to back tournaments, picking up the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club.

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Aditi carded -3 under par 69 to win the Qatar Ladies Open title with a -15 under par total, and a three shot victory. The 18-year-old now looks set for a glittering career in ladies golf;

“It’s been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good.”

The first win was special, because I won in India, but I felt I played really well here and had to play well every day and shoot sub-par rounds.”

“I think my game was better this week and obviously to win in the Qatar, the golf course is the same as the men’s, so I know it’s challenging and to win here feels good.”

“It was really difficult at the start because of the rain. Then we stopped for more than an hour and a half and when we got back it was really windy, so that was difficult, but I guess it was the same for everybody. I was trying to hit greens and make pars.”

I think I was playing well through the front nine and got a couple of birdies on seven and eight. After that, I created quite a few chances on the par-5 ninth and tenth.”

“Then, I was short on 14. I did create enough birdie chances but I wasn’t making any.”

“Finally I was able to birdie 16. My goal was to be error free and I made a bogey on 17 but I played consistently well for the most part and made a birdie on 18.”

Caroline Hedwall and Lydia Hall tied for second place at -12 under par, those three shots back of the winner.

 

 

Qatar Ladies Open. Aditi and Nanna Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Indian teenager Aditi Ashok,  and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark share the 54 hole lead at the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club,

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Aditi, who is looking for back to back victories here at the Qatar Ladies Open, carded a third round -4 under par 68, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Nanna, both ladies at -12 under par for the competition. Nanna stayed tied on top with her -3 under 69 effort today.

Aditi is happy with her golf, and is hoping to have fun tomorrow;

“It was quite windy in the morning so I knew I had to be sharp with my approaches and I had a few birdie chances which I made, so that start was good.”

“On the back nine, I just didn’t hit as good shots as I was hitting on the front nine and I miscalculated the wind a couple of times as well. I made a lot of putts on the front nine, so I was bound to miss a couple. I finished with a birdie, so it was good.”

“It’s great to be in contention, the week after a win. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing this week. I played with Nanna today and she’s an aggressive player as well, so it will be fun tomorrow.”

Nanna is also happy with her position

“The front nine, I just didn’t hit it close enough so I didn’t give myself the birdie chances I needed.”

“On the back nine, I had a few more chances which I made, so that was good.”

“On 18, it was lucky that my second shot didn’t go into the water. I was just happy that I didn’t have to take a drop. It’s better to be tied for the lead than be one behind, but either is okay.”

Becky Morgan is in third place at -11, her third round -6 under 66 elevating her up the leaderboard, good putting played a part in her success;

“I played well today and got off to a really good start. I dropped a couple late on the front nine and played the back nine really well. I putted well.”

“The last few days I haven’t made many putts from six to 15 feet. I hit some close but I made some good 10 footers.”

“There are a couple of par fives and 16 is a driveable par-4. If you hit the fairway then you’ve got some good scoring opportunities.”

 

CME Group Tour Championship. Shanshan Feng, Fantastic Form.

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Shanshan Feng is in fantastic form as she leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one in Naples, Florida.

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Shanshan shot -6 under par 66 in the first round of the  CME Group Tour Championship, to top the leaderboard by one shot;

“Well, I’m normally a pretty good ball-striker, but I’m not one of the longest hitters. For me it would be hard to really stop the balls on these greens.”

 “But, I mean, I think the pin positions are still like reasonable. Like it’s not like maybe three yards over the water or over the bunker. It still gives us room to actually land it in the certain spot and have a birdie chance.”

Second place is shared by Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu, both at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67.

So Yeon is focusing on every shot;

“So what I learned through that is I just rather more focus to like imagination. You know, just keep imagine how the ball going to fly and what shot I am going to hit instead of where is my hand going to be, my wrist.”

 “So I think you I was really struggle all year this year, but that was the biggest thing I was learn back then. I think that study was really very helpful.”

Charlie is just back from holiday, and is seeking her first LPGA Tour win;

“I always play well when I come back from holidays and stuff as well.”

“Because I don’t play well when I play too many weeks on the course because mentally I’m not there.”

“If I like,  even if I have four weeks off, I would rather have four weeks off than play four, five weeks.”

“Yeah, because when I play too much golf I kind of;  I don’t concentrate. I kind of get; I can’t explain it.” Mentally tired. If I’m back home I’m kind of refreshed.”

There are then seven ladies at -4 under par, and tied for fourth place.

World number one Lydia Ko is at -2 under, with round of 70.

Race

Asia Pacific Seniors Championship. Two PGBC Players Invited.

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New Zealand Golf have named two Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club members who have been chosen to represent New Zealand in the Asia Pacific Seniors Championship, which will be played at the Alabang Country Club in The Philippines this week. Martin Webber and Frank Borren are on their way to play for the title.

We wish Martin and Frank all the best, and play well.alabang-country-club-scorecard

TOTO Japan Classic. Shanshan Wins in a Tight Finish.

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Shanshan Feng wins the TOTO Japan Classic, in a tight finish at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan, and back to back victories.

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Shanshan Feng

Shanshan was cruising to victory in the TOTO Japan Classic, teeing off the last with a comfortable three shot advantage at -15 under par. A wayward tee shot put her into the tree’s resulting in a double bogey six, and a one shot win at -13 under par, with a last round -2 under 70.

Shanshan said her recent good form started with her Bronz at the Olympics;

“When I was in Rio I didn’t set any goals but I knew all of the Chinese people would be watching so I made sure that I should be smiling whether I was playing well or not.”

“That really helped, because I think I had other mind sets, so I actually brought out my A-game again.”

“I finished 3rd and got my bronze medal at the Olympics and I really got my confidence back after that so I know that I’m still Shanshan and I can still win.”

Pushing hard all the way was Ha Na Jang, a final round -4 under par 68 getting her close to the leader, and in the end very close, finishing in second place at -12 under.

Tied in third at -10 under par were, best placed home player Kotone Hori, -4 under par 68 today, So Yeon Ryu,-4 under 68, defending champion Sun-Ju Ahn, -2 under 70, and Soo-Yun Kang, -1 under par 71.

 

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open . Beth Allen Wins.

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Beth Allen, from the USA wins the inaugural  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dahbi.

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Beth had a final round -8 under par 64 in the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which equalled the course record, to win the trophy with a total score of -21 under par, a three shot winning margin;

“This is really special. It’s so amazing to win an event that’s taking place for the first time, especially in a place like this that is supporting women in sports.”

“I’m just really happy that I got it done.”

 “Obviously I’ve been playing really well and when I got done yesterday I felt really good and I knew I could do it, so I just tried to make as many birdies as I could today and turns out I made nine! I’m so pleased.”

“I really want to win the order of merit and I certainly think today helped. I love this course. I immediately thought, ‘wow’, I think I can shoot some low numbers around here.”

“The course is fantastic and we’ve been treated so well. I was feeling really relaxed and having such a great week.”

“It really helped me play well. I’ll certainly be coming back over and over and over.”

Georgia Hall finished second at -18 under par, -3 under 69 not good enough today;

“I played really well on the front nine and got to five-under but one of my bogeys was a bad mistake.”

“The other one wasn’t bad, I was trying to carry the bunker and I hit my drive so low that it plugged into it when it came down, so that was another bogey.”

“Without them, I probably could have caught Beth but I had no idea what score she was on.”

Melissa Reid and Sarah Kemp shared third place at -17 under par.

 

TOTO Japan Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang Share 1st Round Lead

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TOTO Japan ClassicAriya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang share 1st round lead at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Soo-Yun Kang / getty

Ariya, bogey free and Soo-Yun, one bogey both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the TOTO Japan Classic.

Ariya enjoyed a return to form, and is not thinking of the rivalry with Lydia for the top honors this year;

“Last week I was a little bit off with my tee shot.”

“Today I just to be a little bit more positive and not think about last week and try to have more fun today.”

“Right now I am just trying to have fun and enjoy every shot I hit, that’s all I want to do.”

Good putting was the key for Soo-Yun;

“Today’s round putting was great, I make every putt, I make 22 putts and make a great score.”

Jenny Shin, and Stacy Lewis are tied in third place, both with -5 under par 67, both carded one bogey today.

Sacking her caddie does not seem to be the best decision as Lydia Ko continues to stumble towards the end of the year, with everything on the line. Today she shot +2 over par 74.