New Zealand Women’s Open. Monday Win For Brooke Henderson

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Brooke Henderson of Canada cruised to a Monday win at the New Zealand Women’s Open at Windross Farm Golf Course.

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Brooke carded a final round -3 under 69 to win the New Zealand Women’s Open with a -17 under par total, giving her a five shot winning margin;

“That is the toughest conditions I have played in terms of winds, rain and delays; and how long it took to play a round of golf.”

“I feel mentally drained by it but running on adrenaline to know this trophy is mine.” 

Jing Yan of China claimed second place with a last round -1 under 71, and a total of -12 under par.

Hee Young Park, South Korea was in third position, she signed for a final round -3 under 69 to have third place to herself at -11 under par.

Belen Mozo of Spain finished in a tie for fifth alongside fellow countrywoman Beatriz Recari and  Su Oh, Australia, with tournament host Lydia Ko tied for 22nd place at -5 under par.

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New Zealand Women’s Open. Belen Leads, Brooke Is Close Behind.

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Belen Mozo of Spain leads the New Zealand Women’s Open, but Brooke Henderson from Canada is very close behind at Windross Farm Golf Course.

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Belen held onto the New Zealand Women’s Open lead with a third round -1 under par. 71, to top the leaderboard at -15 under par. But one shot back at -14 under is Brooke, who carded -5 under 67 today.

Belen admitted it was a grind out there today, after yesterdays magic round;

“It was a grind-out day for sure. I had to talk to my caddie in the middle of the round because obviously I couldn’t compare the golf I was playing today with the golf that I played yesterday under perfect conditions.”

“I was able to manage bad shots better than yesterday, and converted a not-so-good round into an under-par round, so that’s fine.” 

“It was a tough day out there and I feel like sometimes I played too safe and it was costing me.”

 “I was very happy when I converted those long birdies when I missed a shot.” 

Brooke was happy with her score in tough conditions;

“I am extremely happy with my five under, especially with no bogeys on the card because it was really tough conditions, with the wind really picking up especially on our back nine.”

“My chipping was probably the key today. I got up and down a bunch of times especially early in the round that kept me in it.”

 “I have played really well in all three rounds this week and I have some good momentum going into tomorrow.”

“I am excited to be in the spot I am in right now and hopefully I can go out tomorrow and make a lot more birdies and see what happens.” 

Tied in third place are Brittany Lincicome USA, -6 under 66 today; and Jing Yan of China, -3 under 69, both ladies at -11 under par for the tournament.

Brittany and rain are not the best of friends, and rain is forecast tomorrow;

“The golf course sets up for my game. I can bomb it on most holes and not get into too much trouble or I can hit three wood and still get it down there.”

“It just depends on the weather tomorrow.”

“I like to think I am good under the pressure of weather, but me and wet weather are not the best of friends, so hopefully it will pass through like it did today with a couple of showers.”

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Sanya Ladies Open. China Triumphant, Xiyu Lin Wins.

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Xiyu Lin, from China was triumphant at the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club.

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Xiyu had a bogey free final round -7 under par 65, to win her home town tournament, defending the title she won lat year, the Sanya Ladies Open in China, with a -13 under par total;

“It’s the first time I’ve been waiting in the clubhouse to see if someone could catch me and I was so nervous.”

“I kept telling myself, whatever happens, just accept that and thank God it was a good result.”

“I just love this course so much and every hole, every fairway, every green. I need to find out why I always play well in Sanya.”

“I enjoy playing here and people are so nice. Every time I play here it’s such an enjoyable week.”

“On the last couple of holes, I was a little bit mad, because I missed a short putt on 15, I missed a birdie on 16 and then missed a putt on the last from eight feet.”

“After nine holes I was the same as last year, 10 under and I was telling myself to finish at least 15 this year, trying to make it a little bit better.”

“Unfortunately I didn’t but I gave myself lots of chances and I hit the ball very solid. I’m so glad my long game was really good and even my wedges were getting better the last couple of holes.”

In second place was 17 year-old Jing Yan, a last round -4 under par 68 gave her a -11 under par total;

“I felt like at the end if I played better there was a chance to get to that number one spot or tie it, but I’m happy with the way I held up.”

“Overall it’s been a pretty good week after what happened at the last tournament. It’s a learning experience so I tried to put that behind me and tried to think about moving forward and playing the best golf I can.”

Shanshan Feng claimed third place, a tournament total of -10 under par courtesy of a final round -2 under 70, meant that Chinese players filled the top three spots on the leaderboard. Not a bad effort for a country that has banned golf.

Shanshan said she started poorly, but was happy with the Chinese 1,2,3;

“I would say I had a rough start today. I started with a bogey on the par five and then missed a couple of greens.”

“It didn’t start the way it should have, but I made four birdies from the ninth to the 16th, so that was not bad.”

“I think that’s the first time ever. First and second place, they are both under 20, so I’m really happy to see that because the Chinese girls are doing a lot better and they are trying to catch up.”

“I feel like the pressure is off now, because they are good enough to be on the leader board. It’s not just me, I’m not lonely anymore, so I’m happy.”

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Cup. Two Tied At the Top, Day 1.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup There are two Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard on day 1 of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Rebecca Hudson and Sophie Walker are tied at the top at -5 under par on the opening day at  Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir with totals of 66.

Naturally Rebecca was extremely happy with her round, especially as she practiced in a field at the back of a friend’s house;

“I’m very happy, I hit the ball well. I haven’t done as much practice as I would like but I came out and practised here the last few days. I had the ball under control and putted well and that makes a big difference. Hopefully I can keep this going forward.”

 “It’s great because she’s got a field behind her house so I’ve just been practising my short game. I have been practising but not long game.  I came here and practised my putting. My short game today was very good and I got up and down all but one time.”

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A good practice round in the wind set up Sophie nicely for the day;

“Yesterday I had an afternoon practice round and I thought that would be good preparation because it always gets really windy here. I holed a decent putt on eleven and knocked it really close. Two under after three, you’ve got to take advantage of that.”

“It was a couple of clubs wind and on the back nine it was a cross wind a lot. I played well last week but just didn’t putt very well, so the aim this week was to putt better and I did that today. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and try to keep my percentage of fairways up and my putts low.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -4 under after her opening round of 67, she said the jet lag from the flight helped her on her early tee time;

“I really enjoyed it. With the jet lag from China it was perfect to play early this morning because I was awake so early. It was pretty good. We had perfect conditions, like 20, 24 degrees and the wind picked up around the fourteenth hole, but it was good conditions and I did the job and it was fun.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, Jing Yan, Nina Holleder, Charley Hull and Laura Davies have a share of fourth place, all at -3 under par on the tightly packed scoreboard.

Ariya reported that her driver was not behaving properly;

“My putting and irons were good today and helped me a lot but my driver was so bad. I hit like six provisional balls today and had a lost ball and had a seven because of my driver. I couldn’t hit it straight so I had to change my mind and hit three-wood” 

Charley had eye trouble and did not putt too well;

“It was good and I hit it pretty well, apart from one drive, I could have been a lot under par, but the putts didn’t go in. I missed a few short putts to begin with but I learned from that and had four birdies on the trot where I should have had six. I could have shot a lot lower.”

“It’s a great golf course. It’s quite tight off the tee so you need to be hitting it straight. I woke up this morning and my eye was swollen and I think I must have been bitten at night. I thought I would be playing with one eye but it wasn’t too bad. I could see more out of my right eye than my left so people at home will probably think, ‘What’s the matter with her eye?’ It’s gone down a bit now though.”

Looks like an interesting tournament developing here in Morocco.

China Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Gwladys Nocera Wins

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Gwladys Nocera won the China Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open at the Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club.

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Gwladys had a final round -7 under par 65. to win the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open by two shots with total of -15 under par for the tournament. Gwladys said the win made amends for the huge disappointment of 2009, when she finished second, a stroke behind Korea’s Bo Mi Suh, after being penalised two strokes for reporting late to the tee;

” I finished second with a stroke penalty so I didn’t feel like I deserved it and I knew I had revenge to take. It took me a while but I have my revenge and it’s nice,”

In case you are wondering about the Chinese costume, Gwladys was dressed up for the presentation, and was carried on a chariot by four men in warrior costume;

Wow! That was great and innovative, arriving for prize presentation on a chariot. It was pretty fun. I played really well today and made all the putts I had. I just three putted 10, but I couldn’t play any better, I don’t think. It’s really nice, I’ve been struggling for many years with my putting and it’s coming back. It’s a really good feeling. I didn’t have any expectations. I told myself, ‘You’re here to play golf and you’re playing good, so just play golf. It doesn’t matter what it’s for, just play.’ I had three good putts at the end to make birdies on 16, 17 and 18 so I think I was really relaxed and I really like the greens. They are really good here and it’s pleasant to putt on them.”

In second place was Carlota Ciganda, a last round of -4 under par 68, to give her a final total of -13 under par. Carlota missed a few short putts, and blamed those mistakes for losing momentum;

“I was making putts, hitting the ball very solid and then on the back nine, I three putted on 10 and missed a few short putts. I think that’s where I lost the tournament. I’m happy, at least I’m in the top three, that it where you want to be, but only one player can win and I played with Gwladys the first two days. She has been playing great golf and I’m happy for her. She’s a great player and a great person too.”

Chinese amateur player Jing Yan secured third place on her own with a final round of -5 under par 67, and a -12 under par total. She said she had played well, with the exception of the last few holes;

“Today was a pretty good day for me, especially for 15 holes, because I had seven birdies and two bogeys. The putting was pretty good. I didn’t feel like I was on my game before the round, so I felt nervous going into it but I sank the first putt and that gave me confidence. My irons were going well today but on 15 I chipped it to three feet and read too much break into it and had too much speed so it lipped out. I didn’t make the birdie putts on 16 and 17. On 18 I ran into a bit of trouble on my drive and then hit it to the right so not so good from there. I’m pretty satisfied except for the last few holes. I felt like I could have given it a bit more from that position. This is my first time with a top ten in the LET so in that position I was urging myself to do a bit more but sometimes couldn’t really stay in the present and missed the opportunities.”

Australian Amateur Championships,

The 2013 Australian Amateur Championships,  presented by Audi are underway in fine and sunny conditions in Melbourne at the Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs. All players will play 36 holes Stroke Play qualifying across both courses on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to Commonwealth for knock out Match Play from Thursday to Sunday.

On the Womens side, Australian  Minjee Lee leads after an opening round -5 under par 68  at the Woodlands Golf Club. Minjee is  a former runner-up at the Championships, and she leads qualifying by one stroke from New Zealander and World Number 1 amateur Lydia Ko and another Aussie,  Tatiana Wijaya who both shot -4 under par rounds of 69.

Victorian Grace Lennon and Kiwi Munchin Keh are tied fourth at 3-under par, with Western Australia’s Hannah Green, China’s Jing Yan and Japan’s Asuka Kashiwabara tied in sixth place after -2 under rounds of par 71.

The second round of qualifying is be contested on Wednesday.