Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ayako Uehara Leads.

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Ayako Uehara, from Japan, leads after the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Arizona.

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Ayako carded an amazing  bogey free first round of -9 under par 62 in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two-stroke advantage over the field.

Ayako spoke via an interpreter to the news media, citing good teamwork for her success;

“With the caddie and the trainer, everybody is like teamwork, and then that’s my motivation now, and so everything is coming together, including the swing coach.”

In second place at -7 under par following her opening round 64 is Candie Kung, from Taipei.

Candie said she was in cruise control, just like last week, just having fun.

“We kind of put it on cruise control and just go, yes, without thinking a whole lot, and then once you stop waiting for the group in front then you start thinking about stuff, which is not good.”

 “I was having a lot of fun, and we had a good group of people that I like, and we all played very fast, so I think that helps, too, and we didn’t wait at all the whole round, so I think that helps, too.”

Fourteen ladies are tied in third place at -6 under par, Giulia Molinaro, Angela Stanford, Vicky Hurst, Sandra Gal, Jing Yan, Alena Sharp, Sun Young Yoo, Chella Choi, Minjee Lee, Carlota Ciganda, Ai Miyazato, So Yeon Ryu, P.K. Kongkraphan and Morgan Pressel.

Morgan was hitting it close to the pin all day;

“I hit my wedges very well today.  I certainly got off to a good start on one and 10 and 11.”

” I think I really only made; I’m trying to remember, one birdie putt over maybe six or seven feet for the most part.”

” I hit it pretty close all day and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

 

Tipsport Golf Masters. Nanna Koerstz Madsen Wins Maiden Tour Title

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Last Sunday  Nanna Koerstz Madsen, from Denmark, won her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters.

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Nanna posted a final round -6 under pr 65 to win her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Tipsport Golf Masters, with a -15 under par total, and a five shot winning margin in the  Czech Republic.

Nanna spoke about the rain delayed final round;

“It’s been a good week, I played really solid with two bogey-free rounds and not a lot of bad shots.”

“I just tried to stay calm and enjoy leading, having fun with my caddie.”

“I thought I would have been more nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous at all.”

Stacey Keating, from Australia and Pamela Pretswell from Scotland shared second place at -10 under par for the tournament.

Pamela was happy with her final position;

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Pamela Pretswell

“I’m absolutely delighted. I played well all week, especially in the second round. I gave myself some chances out there and I’m happy with how I finished on 18.”

“Everything was working nicely and there was a consistency that had been lacking a bit this year. It was good fun.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Play-Off Win For Sei Young Kim.

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Sei Young Kim wins the  Meijer LPGA Classic after a play-off against Carlota Ciganda at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Sei Young and Carlota were tied at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -17 under par at the end of the tournament.

Sei Young shot a lst round -3 under 68, and followed that with a  birdie at the first play-off hole, while Carlota sadly collected a bogey.

Before the playoff Sei Young thought she had already won;

“Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard.”

“Then I thought the ceremony was already.”

“Why’s he waiting for me?  So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff.  Wow.”

“It was 109 to the pin.  It was a lot of release, so I just had 90 meters.  I did, it worked.”

“I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy.”

Carlota carded -4 under par 67 to get into the play-off, but then hit her play-off tee shot into rough;

“Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one.”

 “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.”

In Gee Chun finished in third place, two shots off the pace, at -15 under par, her final round of even par 71 was disappointing.

Just as disappointing was defending champion Lexi Thompson’s final round +1 over par 72, robbing her of any chance to keep the title.

Lexi finished T4 with world number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 68 today, both ladies at -14 under par.

Lexi had no excuses for her poor showing today;

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there.”

 “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it.  I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi and In Gee Share Lead.

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Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun share the lead after the third round of  the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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Defending Champion Lexi carded a bogey free -5 under 66 to share the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with rookie  In Gee Chun, -6 under 65 today, both with tournament totals of -15 under par.

Lexi relied on her accuracy with the driver;

“I just hit a lot of drivers, and if my game’s on it comes together.”

“It’s just a nice setting and atmosphere, it’s one of our best tournaments.”

“I’m just going to go out here, have fun, be relaxed, just how I have been the last three days.”

 “It’s been a very relaxing week so far, so I’ll just try my best tomorrow and see how it goes.”

In Gee had great iron play, and putted well;

“Today my iron shot great.”

“I like putting very well.  I was so good at rolling the ball on the line.”

” Today Saturday and we had a lot of spectators here.  I was so happy to see them my play.  I make great round today.”

“I’m always excited to play in the last group so I’m ready.”

 “I enjoy it.”

Sei Young Kim holds third place, two shots off the lead at -13 under par, a third round -6 under 65 getting her firmly in contention, and feeling good;

“I feel good today because today bogey free, so when I starting first round I set goal.”

“I set goal no bogey and no double.”

“Well, the first round, second round I had a couple bogeys, but it’s fine because today I success in my goal.”

World number one Lydia Ko shot -4 under par 67 today, for a -11 under par total, needing some good putts, after a slow start, she is currently T13;

“The front nine I couldn’t get anything going.”

“I was striking the ball really well and then just no putts were going in.”

 And then I made a good up and down on nine and then made four good birdies in a row, so I think that kind of turned my round around.”

” And then in the last few holes I made quite a few good par putts and up and downs to save par.”

Tipsport Golf Masters. Stacey Keating In Front.

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Stacey Keating has edged in front at the 36 hole stage of the Tipsport Golf Masters, at  Golf Park Pilsen in the Czech                                                                Republic

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Stacey Keating / getty images

 

Stacey shot a second round -7 under par 64 to lead the Tipsport Golf Masters to take a one shot lead with a -10 under par total. Two rain delays did not seem to bother her progress up the leaderboard.

Stacey said having only 26 putts was the key to her good round;

“I was hitting it well and putting well. I had 26 putts and I think putting is the key to having a decent score.”

“I played well off the tee and hit some decent wedge shots so I was very happy.”

In second place is Nanna Koerstz Madsen, a -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader with her -9 under tournament total.

Nanna mentioned the delays, and how happy she was to play well

“I played well today and I hit 17 greens so I wasn’t in much trouble.”

 “First we only hit one shot on the first tee and I was in a bunker so I was a little nervous to go out.

” I was on the eighth tee box when we came out again and I think that’s the toughest tee shot on the course so I was really nervous but it was no problem.”

Amateur player  Albane Valenzuela from Switzerland holds third place on her own at -8 under par, she carded -6 under 65 in the second round.

England’s Georgia Hall won an  Omega watch for her  hole in one at the 153-yard par three 15th hole, with a six-iron. This is the third time she won a prize for an Ace;

“I always seem to get it when there is something on the hole, it’s so strange, but I’m so happy.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leads.

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Defending Champion Lexi Thompson leads the Meijer LPGA Classic after 36 holes at Blythefield Country Club.

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Lexi took control, shooting a second round -4 under 67 at the  Meijer LPGA Classic, for a -10 under par tournament total, and a one shot lead.

Lexi could have been further ahead but picked up two bogey’s in the final four holes, she has been suffering from a back problem;

“It just came on last weekend and it was really bad today.”

“I’m not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it’s hurting. I’m going to go and get a rub down and see if it goes away.”

“It was definitely important to come back from the two bogeys.”

” I just hit a few errant drives there towards the end and made bogeys, but I played 17 and 18 well.  I got pretty lucky on 18; I will say that.“

“It was just a little firmer out there today and a lot different conditions.”

” It was overcast most of the day yesterday, so shots were going a little bit further today.  I played in the morning also yesterday, so it was a lot different.”

Alena Sharp, -4 under 67 today,  Q Baek, -4 under 67, In Gee Chun, -4 under 67 and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Alena, from Canada, made bogey on the last hole to spoil her day;

“You know, I got my bogey out of the way. I’ve had one this week, and it was on that hole. “

“Now I don’t have to think about it tomorrow.  That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

” It just rode the wind too much, and I got behind a tree, and that happens out here, so I’m not really going to look too much into it and just look at the overall day was a good day and move on to tomorrow. “

Last weeks play-off rivals Brooke Henderson and World number one Lydia Ko are in the group at -7 under par.

Lydia was happy with her performance;

“I’m happy with the way I played, I was pretty consistent, and I just got to keep playing like this.”

“My ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday, so hopefully it can get better progressively on the weekend.”

Brooke said she enjoyed the warmer temperatures;

“It was much warmer out today, a beautiful day.”

“I started out not as well as I would have liked, 1 over for the front nine, but I made a lot of birdies on the back and go four under, so overall it was a pretty steady day.”

“I know I have some work to do on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Tipsport Golf Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Tipsport Golf Masters leaderboard Golf Park Pilsen, in the Czech Republic. Isabell                                                             Gabsa from Germany and Linda Wessberg of Sweden.

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Both Isabell and  Linda carded first rounds of -5 under par 66 in the Tipsport Golf Masters to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Isabell graduated from the LET Access Series following two wins in Scandinavia, with this being her fourth start on the Ladies European Tour;

“My season has been good. I played well in Morocco, had a good start in Australia and then I had some good results in the States.”

Linda  won three titles on the L.E.T. from 2006-2009 and is very happy to be back in contention;

“It’s my lowest round in a few years, so it’s nice.”

“I hit some really good shots close to the pin and I also made some longer putts. One actually horse-shoed on the par three 13th so I made a bogey there but it was pretty solid.”

“In good conditions you can score really low on this course but it was tough today. It was quite windy and raining in the beginning so I was happy.”

The top two leaders are two strokes clear of five other ladies who are sharing third place at -3 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

They are: Anne-Lise Caudal and Anaelle Carnet, from France, Olivia Cowan, from Germany, Aussie Stacey Keating and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark.

Australian Stacey was happy with her performance in the rain;

“I’m obviously very happy because there were tough conditions out there.”

“At the same time, because it’s been raining, it’s softer and more score-able.”

“An eagle on the card helped, but it’s a reachable par five and there’s a par four that I couldn’t reach in two, so I’ll pretend that was a par five and the other was a par four.”

“It helps that I holed a bomb. I think I hit my driver three times today, so it’s not a long course but you’ve got to get it in position and then do well with your shorter clubs.”

Nanna was also very pleased with her wet round;

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Nanna / getty images

“I’m very pleased with my round. I felt I played really good. There were some putts that didn’t drop but overall I’m really pleased.”