The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield Links in Scotland has completed the first round.
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Cassandra shot a first round -4 under par 68, on the Fidra Course at Archerfield Links to take a one stroke lead of the Ladies Scottish Open at the conclusion of play on day one. The 28 year-old Parisian said she was full of confidence, and has fond memories of two holes in one here;
“ I’m hitting really well so I’m very confident with my long game and I made a couple of putts. This is my fourth time here and I’ve had two holes in one on this golf course so every time I go on a par three it’s kind of nice, Today, I almost made it on 13, with my 8-iron. Conditions were okay until number 12 and it started being very windy on hole 13, so the last six holes were tough. On 17 I hit a 5-wood but it was short, I should have hit a 3-wood, so the wind is really, really strong.”
Sharing second place at -3 under par are, Frenchwoman Anne-Lise Caudal, South African Lee-Anne Pace and England’s Trish Johnson. They all had to play later in the day, in a strong wind that needed at least three extra clubs to make the distance.
Lee-Ann explained it;
“It was pretty tough and quite windy, especially on the back nine. It does affect the ball quite a bit but I got through that in one under and a solid front nine. That last hole played a good 25 metres extra into the wind, but I finished birdie, birdie. The last hole was a hybrid into the green and I hit it well so was happy about that. On a course like this, you can’t go for it. You just have to play one shot at a time and make your birdies where you can.”
Anne-Lise was happy with the changes she has recently made to her game;
“I’m very happy because it was tough today and it’s a long time since I had a score under par, because I’m struggling this year. I made some changes, changed coach, changed many things in my swing, so I’m very happy. I’ve played well in this tournament and I’m trying to be patient. I try to keep my concentration.”
Solheim Cup heroine Catriona Matthew from nearby North Berwick was locked in a four-way share of eighth position on 71 with Camilla Lennarth, Florentyna Parker and Hannah Burke.
Catriona said she had played well in the tough conditions;
“I thought I played well because it was tough. It got very difficult after the wind picked up after four or five holes. It was a three club wind. The back nine was more exposed, so I’m quite pleased.”
Tee times switch around for tomorrow, so the late winds will affect the other side of the draw and even things out.