ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Beth Allen Wins

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American Beth Allen wins the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Beth ended long wait for a maiden Ladies European Tour title, a final round -5 under par 67 giving her a winning total of -12 under par, and a one shot victory at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She said caddie Sophie Gustafson kept her in control;

“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”

“I’m so happy.”

“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012.”

“I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart-broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.”

“I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”

“I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen.”

The worlds leading amateur player, Leona McGuire, from Ireland, claimed second place, finishing with a -3 under par 69, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par, and the result was so pleasing for her and caddie Dad;

“I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from.”

“I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day.”

“Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”

Thai Nontaya Srisawang was in third place, a final round even par 72 keeping her total at -10 under par, where she had started the day, but she was really satisfied to finish in the top three;

“I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position.”

“I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”

Dame Laura Davies shot up the leaderboard, making a hole in one at the 171 yard par 3 seventh, using an eight iron, finishing the day T7 at -8 under par.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Caroline Masson Leads.

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Caroline Masson leads the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England. A club that boasts it has the smoothest greens in the UK, with the data to prove it.

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Caroline, from Germany, shot a third round -5 under par 67, giving her a -12 under par tournament total, and a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Caroline was  a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in 2013, and really wants to be playing in the next tournament, on her home soil in September;

“Of course I want to make the team and it’s a great chance for me to present myself.”

“Obviously on a course that I really like and I’ve had two really good finishes here in the last two years.”

“I’ve been playing well and I haven’t been scoring well but I’ve managed to turn it around in the last few days and I’m super happy about that.”

Sharing second place are two ladies from Thailand, Titiya Plucksataporn, who equaled the -5 under par 67 of the leader, and Nontaya Srisawang, both on -10 under par for the competition. They had both been practicing in England for a week, and the sessions have worked well.

Titiya made the best use of the Buckinghamshire Gold Club perfect greens, putting very well;

“I hit a lot of fairways today and my game plan was try to hit fairways, greens and then putt.”

“I could make a lot of putts and up and downs so it was fantastic today.”

Nontaya was happy to be playing well, and with her friend;

“I feel really good this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and playing with my friend.”

In fourth spot are three ladies on -8 under par, Rebecca Artis, Australia Ssu Chia-Cheng, Chinese Taipei and Irish world number one amateur player Leona McGuire, all on -8 under par.

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ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Alex Peters 36 Hole Leader.

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Alex Peters, a L.E.T rookie from England, is the 36 hole leader at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

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Alex shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the second round of the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke advantage at -11 under par.

The 21-year-old rookie equaled the Buckinghamshire Golf Club course record, she was obviously very happy with the way she played today, putting really well;

“I just played absolutely amazing. I hit my irons so close and putted really well.”

“I had a few other chances as well, but a 63, I’m really happy with the way I played today.”

“Nine birdies could have been ten. I left one right in the jaws on the 12th, the par 3, but I just putted really well, hit it close and gave myself chances.”

Charley Hull is in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, she carded a second round -5 under 67, which could have been better, she made bogey on her last hole, the par five 9th;

“I feel like I was hitting it well out there today.”

“It was a shame about my last drive but I just saw the other girls and the wind brought their drives to the right. I thought if I try and hit a hard draw down there, but it stayed on my line and so I was a bit annoyed.”

“Apart from that I feel like I’m playing solid and I hit a great drive into the eighth hole, but I just missed that putt, because I came up on it.”

“Apart from that I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting it and where I am going into the weekend.”

First round leader Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -8 under par, her second round -2 under par 70 keeping her in touch with the leaders, the conditions being a little breezier than they were for the morning players.

Tied in fourth place on -7 under par for the tournament are, Nontaya Srisawang, Caroline Masson and another rookie, Emily Kristine Pedersen, who only graduated from high school last Wednesday.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Sophie Giquel-Bettan Leads.

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Sophie Giquel-Bettan leads after the 1st round at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters in a heat wave at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Sophie, from France, shot a 1st round -6 under par 66, to take a one shot lead at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, and was happy that the scorching temperatures in the Pro-Am yesterday had eased back for the opening round today;

“It was a great day, yesterday I played the Pro-Am and it was 36 degrees, (97F). It was so hot and this morning it was 20, 22 (72F) with just a little breeze, so perfect conditions.

 Sitting one shot behind the leader at -5 under par are South African Ashleigh Simon, Italian Sophie Sandolo,  Swede Josephine Janson and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand.

Ashleigh was happy with her putting, and her Eagle;

“I got off to a nice steady start and birdied my third hole of the day. I eagled the par 5 14th after I holed a nice bomb from the back of the green and gave myself some nice chances coming in and birdied 17 and made a good par on 18.”

“All of the par fives are pretty much reachable so if you play those well you can be four under. It was a steady start.”

Nontaya was happy with the run on the ball in fairway due to the very dry conditions;

“The condition of the course is really dry and we can get distance on the tee shot so you can hit onto the greens with short irons and if you make a putt then you will make a good score.”

“The conditions today were not really hard, not really windy.”

The first English ladies on the leaderboard are  Charley Hull and Trish Johnson, they are part of a large group two strokes off the pace, at -4 under par.

Charley putted well, but was concerned about incorrect club selection, but overall was happy with her round;

“I’m happy because I putted pretty well today. I just kept coming up short with my irons. I struck it well but kept miss-clubbing myself.”

“I feel like I’m so used to my American distances that now when I’m in a tournament I keep thinking I’m going to hit them a bit further but I don’t.”

“Although I’ve been in England for two weeks we’ve just been mucking around with my friends, so I’ve hit some massive fades, but I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing.”

A persistent back injury has hampered Trish of late, but she feels better now, and has received some benefiting coaching;

“I had a lesson a couple of days ago with Stuart Brewer, the father of Ben Brewer, who caddied for me in Holland.”

“There was some stuff that I really needed help with.”

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Wins.

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Na Yeon Choi, from South Korea,wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

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Na Yeon has a final round -2 under par 69, to lift the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -15 under par total.

Na Yeon hit her favorite 8 iron from 145 yards from the 16th fairway to score an Eagle, and take the lead in the Championship;

“I hit 3‑wood and I hit 8‑iron to the pin, was like 145.” 

“I mean, today, especially my putting didn’t really work and but still I tried to keep focus my shot and swing, and then I kept hitting well and then after 16, after I hit the second shot, I knew this is going to be good.”

“I felt really good, you know, feeling after the impact. So when I holed the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like go in.”

“So I was very happy after that shot, but like unfortunately I couldn’t see the ball going in. I just heard a lot of screaming around the green.”

Mika Miyazato, from Japan took second place, two sots back at -13 under par, she said there was no pressure to recover from her winless streak;

“Not pressure for me, just calm, just played more focused in my golf game today.”

“I had a great round today so I really excited, Stacy and Brittany, it’s nice playing with them, so I’m very disappointed but it’s still fun.”

Azahara Munoz, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist all tied for third place at -12 under par.

Defending Champion Stacy knew she needed something special after Na Yeon had eagled the 16th;

“I knew I needed to make eagle there and just didn’t quite get the drive down there to do that.”

“We had about 212 yards to carry the bunker, and I just felt with that wind off the lie I couldn’t get it over the bunker.”

“I could get it on the front right part of the green, but it didn’t really do me any good. I thought the best opportunity to do something was to lay up.”

“When somebody holes out, it’s one of those things, that it’s kind of meant to be.”

“It’s tough, but, honestly, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in this position, a few months really, so you can’t be too upset.”

“I played some great golf this week and it’s coming around at the right time. We’ve got some big tournaments coming up here in the next few weeks.”

Lydia Ko, world number two finished T6, at -11 under par, with a fabulous bogey free last round -8 under par 63. If only she had been in that kind of form for the first two rounds!!

“I think I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple days. Just the first day my tee shot was a little off and that created three bogeys with it, but other than that I’ve been hitting the ball really well.”

“My tee shots were good the last two days so in a way I was playing good and my score wasn’t up to that.”

” But today I got some putts rolling and I shot in well with three under the first three holes, and when you get in a good momentum like that it gives you a good confidence for the day.”

 

 

Deloitte Ladies Open. Dutch Delight as Christel Wins.

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There was Dutch delight as Christel Boeljon wins her home tournament, in a wire to wire victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open, being played on The International course in Amsterdam.

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Christel became only the second home town winner in the history of the Deloitte Ladies Open trophy in Amsterdam. It was a dominant performance as she led from start to finish, and it also registered her second Ladies European Tour win. A final round -2 under par 71 gave her a -10 under par total and a four shot victory.

A beaming Christel said it was a huge win for her;

“This is a big one.”

“To be able to do it, leading from the start in front of a home crowd in my home country means a lot and it’s something that I will never forget.”

“I did not look at the leader boards until 17, when I realised where I stood and that gave me a good feeling.”

“I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, it was pretty solid when I needed it so to be able to rely on a good short game and have my putter behave, was great.”

Sharing second place was Emily Kristine Pedersen and Ursula Wikstrom who both carded last rounds -3 under par, posting -6 under par totals.

Emily, was happy, the 18-year-old rookie’s joint runner-up finish was her second top ten from three L.E.T. appearances, and said she had been stressed by exams, and still has one more to go;

“I’m very happy because I’ve been so stressed with exams, and I have my last one on Wednesday.”

“It’s just great to be done and after that I’ll be able to focus only on golf.”

“I’m so happy that I got it together this week. I hit it close both yesterday and today but I figured out the par fives more.”

“The last two rounds I had no birdies on the par fives and I had three today. I just made a couple more putts but it was a solid game. You have to go for them in two and don’t lay up!”

Ursula was frustrated by putts lipping out;

“I saw that I was close at one point but I couldn’t get it happening.”

“I made birdies on nine and ten but after that I made a bogey on 11 and was lipping out all the time, so I was playing okay but just didn’t get the momentum going and didn’t make enough birdies.”

“It was a bit frustrating to get the ball so close to the hole.”

Tied in  fourth place on -5 under par were Stacy Lee Bregman, Lucie Andre and Christine Wolf, with Rebecca Hudson and Holly Clyburn tied for seventh on -4 under par for the tournament.

 

Deloitte Ladies Open. Christel Boeljon Cruising at the Top

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Christel Boeljon is cruising along at the top of the Deloitte Ladies Open leaderboard in Amsterdam, at The International course.

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Christel shot a second successive round of -4 under par 69 to sit comfortably on top of the Deloitte Ladies Open leaderboard at -8 under par, a three shot lead over her nearest rival going into the final third round tomorrow.

She is in position to become the first home winner of the tournament in 21 years, and is obviously very happy, but was a bit shaky with her putting;

“I’m really pleased, because it’s another great round. I was under control again and made some late birdies, which was nice. Any round under par here I think is a great score, so I’m very happy.”

“On 18, the birdie putt went in quite fast so it was a good thing it went in. It was a nice way to finish.”

“I hit a great shot on 17 and was able to make the putt. I missed a few putts actually today, so it was nice that those fell.”

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Stacy Lee Bregman, of South Africa, is in second place at -5 under par for the competition, she also had a -4 under par second round, and was pleased with her effort;

“I feel really good because I’ve been playing well and had a good season so far, with a few wins back home.”

“I’m going to let it happen and stick with it and see what happens. Winning does help with the confidence and the pressure going down the stretch, so I’m just looking forward to it.”

“I love the adrenaline rush!”

England’s Holly Clyburn is in third position, a -3 under par 70 giving her a -4 under par total, and is fond of coming from behind to make a challenge;

“I’m four behind so it all depends how the weather is and if Christel feels the pressure of being at home.”

“If I get off to a fast start like I have been the last two days then I’ve just got to settle in and put pressure on.”

“I always like being behind and everybody knows that.”

There are then six players sharing fourth place on -3 under par for the competition; Rebecca Hudson, Stacey Keating,  Ursula Wikstrom, Christine Wolf and rookies Lynn Carlsson and Emily Kristine Pedersen.

Rebecca was very disappointed with her level par round of 73, and the way she finished her round today;

“I’m very disappointed with my finish because I had a flyer on eight and cleared the green by 20 yards. I then had no shot, so I was quite happy with a good six.”

“On nine, I hit the bank short of the green and didn’t get up and down. All in all, level par is okay because the course was quite tough and there were some tricky pin positions.”