Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Gold For Inbee, Lydia Silver.

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Inbee Park claimed the Gold Medal for South Korea at the Rio Olympics, while Lydia Ko got the Silver.

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Lydia, Inbee and Shanshan

Inbee shot a last round -5 under par to win the Rio Olympic Gold Medal with a -16 under par total, and a whopping 5 stroke winning margin;

 “This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life.  It feels great.”

” Obviously representing your country and winning the gold is so special.  It’s just really all I’ve wanted.”

“I had to overcome a lot of obstacles.  I was able to make my body, physically and mentally, strong enough to compete this week.”

“I looked for the results, but didn’t really expect much of a result. I just wanted to do what I can do.”

 

Lydia, from New Zealand, could only manage to produce -2 under 69 in her last round, but the -11 under par total gave her the Silver Medal;

“I didn’t have a great start, but I just tried to hang in there.”

” I can’t believe I’m holding a medal on the podium, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since 2009.”

” To actually be there beside Inbee and Shanshan, is a dream come true. This has been just an amazing week.”

Shanshan Feng from China completed the podium picking up the Bronze Medal, a final round -2 under 69 giving her a -10 under par tournament total;

“Coming in, I actually did not expect to have a medal at the end of the week, but what I was trying to do was to enjoy and try to focus on shot by shot.”

“At the end, I got a medal, so all the hard work has paid off and I’m really happy about it.”

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Fairway Watering Upgrade

White Dragon Golf Very happy to pass on the report from the General Manager of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Leo Barber, of the upgrade to fairway the watering system. If you enjoyed playing here before, next summer will be a real treat.

It is only fair to also report that Leo himself has devote many hours of hard labor to this project.

Irrigation Upgrade, Progress Report

We have enjoyed a great week with good support from our volunteers and accordingly have completed the majority of the planned

work with sprinklers and mainlines installed to 6, 7, 13 and 15 and other associated connections complete. With the surplus pipe

from our planned work, we intend to continue the mainline around to the 12th fairway where it will terminate awaiting the next stage.

Testing and flushing of the lines will be undertaken next week and a couple of minor tidy ups.

The finishing touches being applied to the 13th fairway by staff and the many volunteers

Rio Olympic Ladies Golf. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, is the 1st round leader of the Ladies Tournament at the Rio Olympics.

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Ariya cruised to a first round -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, which gave her a one shot advantage over the field,

 “I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent Thailand.”

“We want to be the best and have the Gold Medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

“I like the Village a lot, before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like.”

” When I got into the village, I liked it. I love it a lot.  I’m a roommate with the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch them play a few matches.”

“Pretty good.”

Sharing second place with -5 under par opening rounds of 66 are Inbee Park, and Sei Young Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

Inbee has recovered from her recent injury problems;

“I first started feeling it in the off‑season in January. Some weeks it was good. Some weeks it was bad.’
‘I tried to rest it and tried to play again. Didn’t really work. When I tried to play again, it just didn’t work.”

“I felt like still perform well and I can still play with injury, but it just didn’t happen. It was just my mistake. Now I feel much better than before. “

“Bogey‑free round, been awhile. Feels great.”

“It wasn’t too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of opportunities at birdie.”

 “I had a really good ball‑striking day. I had a lot of opportunities and there was probably two or three more putts that I possible could have made.”

“But yeah, I’m very satisfied with today’s round. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is T11 with her opening effort of -2 under 69, courtesy of holing her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an Eagle  on the par four 15th;

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great.”

” At the men’s last week, I think there were two hole‑in‑ones and a few eagles, and I put my contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.”

“So to go from zero to two‑under-par was a great turnaround.”

Brazilian Miriam Nagl teed off first, hitting the  first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years, she recorded a round of +8 over 79;

 “It was nerve‑wracking, to be honest.  I was very nervous, but what an honor that I could be hitting this shot.”

” It means so much to me,  being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and the fact that I have a little daughter now.”

“It was just very special to me.”

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Miriam Nagl 

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Wins.

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Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Ariya carded a final round of even par 72 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club, with a -16 under par tournament total, giving her a three shot victory. She also becomes the first Thai lady to win a Major, and hopes it will inspire others to follow her example. I am sure Ariya will add more Major titles to her CV.

Ariya had her poor moments on the course,  dropping her first shot of the day at the par four, ninth hole, and followed that with  a double bogey 6 at the par four, 13th. Winning from previous 54 hole leads helped Ariya to come through today;

“I think I got mad after that hole.”

 “My caddie helped me a lot. He tried to calm me down, slow me down.”

“And after I make double, my fairway iron so good.  I have more confidence because I commit and it come out really good.”

“Before today, I think it’s helped me a lot, but after ANA, I’m still really nervous.”

 “But I’m pretty sure I learned a lot from that, also, because like after I feel nervous, I know what I have to do.”

“Like last few holes, I tried to be patient and to commit to my shots.”

“It was really hard, I missed a lot of putts today.”

“I think it is really important for me and Thai golfers. I want to win majors, and I hope it inspires golfers in Thailand.”

Mirim Lee, -1 under 71 today, finished tied second at 13-under par along with Mo Martin, -2 under 70 for her last round.

Mo thinks her ancestors may have given her inspiration;

“I’ve done a little bit research into my lineage, and I’ve got a little bit of English genes in me so maybe my ancestors are looking out for me.”

Stacy Lewis was in fourth place at 11-under par, she too carded -2 under 70 in the final round.

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Has Two Shot Lead.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, has two shot lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open after 54 holes at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Ariya posted a third round -6 under par 66 to pull away from the field in the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a -16 under par tournament total.

Ariya has successfully managed her hold nerve when previously holding the 54-hole lead in each of her three victories during the month of May, and feels she can cope with the pressure;

“I think I know how to play under pressure.”

 “I know like what I have to focus and the only thing I have to is like focus on what is under my control.”

In second place at -14 under par is the first and second round leader Mirim Lee, who   stumbled a bit in the third round Saturday carding -3 under 69;

“Everything was okay, just okay, not perfect, just okay.”

The 2014 Ricoh Women’s Open champion Mo Martin is in third place and ready to make a challenge at -11 under par for the tournament, a -3 under 69 third round giving her some hope that she can win again.

Catriona Matthew holds fourth place at -10 under, a -1 under 71 on Saturday denting her hopes of a chance to make history by becoming the oldest Major champion in LPGA history.

Catriona was paired with Ariya for the round and had plenty to say about her younger rival, even using her Nickname of May;

“Obviously if May keeps playing like she keeps playing, she’s going to be tough to catch but go out tomorrow and try to make as many birdies as I can,”

“Obviously playing with her, she was playing really well today and taking advantage of the good shots she was playing.”

“You do feel maybe a little bit, maybe I tried just a bit too hard on some of the putts to keep up with her.”

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Keeps Lead.

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Mirim Lee keeps the lead after 36 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

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KOR Mirim only managed a -1 under par 71 today, but it was still good enough to keep her on top of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, by just one shot over the field at -11 under par;

“I felt a little bit of nervousness but after a couple of holes I forgot about it.”

“I think a little bit of nervousness is what makes you play well.”

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are CHN Shanshan Feng, -4 under 68 today, and .THA Ariya Jutanugarn with -3 under 69.

Shanshan, who was  the first Major winner from mainland China said her performance made lunch taste so much better;

“I started the round really hot today. I mean, I had four birdies in the first seven holes, and I was 5-under through ten.”

“I made a couple bogeys maybe in the middle there, misjudging about the wind.”

“But the birdie on the last hole made me really happy, so made the lunch feel better I think.”

Ariya has developed a pre-shot routine that helps her focus, and control her game;

“I think I learned how to play under pressure, how to play, really excited, I know how to play.”

“I really want to focus on what I’m doing and what I can control,” 

Catriona Matthew, with the low round of the day -7 under par 65,  who will represent Team GB in the Rio Olympic Games, is tied in fourth place, at -9 under par with Ha Na Jang -5 under 67 in the second round.

Catriona, was happy to post one of her best rounds ever;

“That’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve played.”

“I think I hit 18 greens today.”

“Just one awful shot on 16 but then followed it probably with my best shot of the day, the 4-iron on to the green.”

“Gave myself a lot of chances and holed my fair share of them today.”

Charley Hull is England’s best placed player, carding -2 under 70 today which puts her in a tie for 10th place at -5 under par;

“I didn’t get up-and-down a couple times today, just because I’m so used to this golf course playing so soft from the greens sometimes.”

“So when I’m chipping, I’m pitching it way too far, even though I know it’s bouncy, it’s just in my head, because you’re used to pitching at the pins.”

“It’s definitely good being in a good position going into the weekend.”

World number one Lydia Ko rallied well enough to make the cut at even par for the tournament, with -2 under 70 today;

“I feel like the scores are pretty low, considering what the course setups are like.”

 “I don’t feel like it’s this easy.”