Anne-Lise Caudal leads the N.Z. Women’s Open after the first round at Clearwater Golf Club.
Frenchwoman Anne-Lise Caudal shot a first round -6 under par 66 at the NZ Women’s Open to top the leaderboard at Clearwater Golf Club.
She said had been playing well, and was not under real pressure to keep the birdies coming;
“I played some good rounds last year, and then last week and the week before also. I had two good weeks, I was very confident on the golf course, and I feel quite confident on this golf course.”
“Not really, I am just going to do the same, shot after shot and focus on the present, if the birdies come great, if not, just keep patient, there is another day on Sunday.”
Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Marianne Skarpnord, Nanna Madsen and American Samantha Troyanovich.
There are another four players bunched together at -4 under par, amateur Hannah Green, Beth Allen, Giulia Sergas and Noora Tamminen.
Rolex World No.1 Lydia Ko teed off in the not so calm afternoon conditions in her National open. Lydia reported that she found it difficult to adjust to the type of shots she needed and also the pace of the greens here;
“Last week you were aiming to pitch 10 metres short of the green and asking it to run up. This week you have to say to yourself, let’s just hit it.”
“Two different courses and two very different conditions. It was tough on me today to hit the ball by the hole and be comfortable.”
“They (the greens) are very much slower here. Last week they were running 11 and a half to 12 and here they are 10 to 10 and a half.”
“You watch your opponent come up short, then you hit it well past. It was difficult to judge. It is totally different, so now I have to get back into the NZ Open mode.”
Lydia finished in a huge group who are all at -2 under par. Four shots off the lead may not seem a lot, but with only three rounds in the competition it is a long haul to get back into contention.
There are 40 players who are currently below par after the first day, and the cut will be made to the top 50 professionals and those tied at the end of round two on Saturday.