Monday, May 30, 2016

Ariya Jutanugarn captures Volvik LPGA 

Championship for third straight win

Ariya Jutanugarn
Ariya Jutanugarn (Getty Images)
Ariya Jutanugarn certainly has learned how to finish. The 20-year-old Thai put the gas pedal down Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, birdieing four of her last six holes to win the inaugural Volvik LPGA Championship by five strokes.
Jutanugarn became the first player in LPGA history to win her first three titles consecutively. After collapsing down the stretch against Lydia Ko at the ANA Inspiration on April 3, Jutanugarn has rattled off victories in Alabama, Virginia and now Michigan.
“She made it look so easy,” Jessica Korda said of Jutanugarn’s putting at Travis Pointe Country Club.
Korda, who finished six strokes back in a tie for third, said Jutanugarn’s 3-wood goes about the same distance as her driver. On Saturday, Jutanugarn closed the round with a 3-iron, from the rough, to 15 feet and made eagle to maintain the lead.
“To be honest, first time I see it, I think this course is hard and I don’t think I’m going to win,” said Jutanugarn, who felt handicapped leaving driver out of the bag.
Things worked out just fine. Jutanugarn, who goes by the nickname “May,” closed with 67 to finish at 15-under 273, leaving good friend Christina Kim in the dust. Fittingly, all three of Jutanugarn’s victories came in the month of May.
When Korda was asked whether she detected any nerves down the stretch from Jutanugarn, Korda said that Jutanugarn actually looked bored.
“She sat down on like 16th tee and 18th tee,”  Korda said, “chilling in the shade. Told me to come sit down next to her like we were having a picnic.”
Earlier this spring before the JTBC Founders Cup, Jutanugarn and her sister, Moriya, met with Vision54 mental coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Seeing May the first time, it’s striking for everybody,” Nilsson said. “Oh, my God, just the ballstriking.”
They spent a half-day getting to know one another, and then the two sisters attended Vision54’s three-day golf school. They worked on her commitment to shots, her post-shot reactions and the area they call the think box/play box.
One thing was certain, they felt: “We needed to be careful and not mess with all the natural golf intelligence that is in her,” said Nilsson, noting the beauty in Jutanugarn’s ability to keep things simple.
In talking with Jutanugarn about her performance on Sunday at the ANA, Marriott said they began to realize she had never really unpacked what had happened to her in 2013, when she suffered a similar blowup against Inbee Park in Thailand.
“We’ve really helped her learn how to reflect on it in a way that it’s a learning opportunity,” Marriott said.
When the nerves spiked, Jutanugarn had tried to focus on keeping the same routine. Nilsson and Marriott, however, explained that in those times it’s important to focus on slower tempo and less tension in the shoulders. Find a go-to shot that feels comfortable.
“When your state totally changes,” Nilsson said, “you need to change your game plan.”
Jutanugarn became the first player since Inbee Park in 2013 to win three consecutive tournaments.
“My goal is win my first major,” she said.
Call it convenient then that Jutanugarn’s next event is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be held June 9-12 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
“She’s going to be unstoppable,” Kim said. “We haven’t even been able to scratch the surface of what she’s been able to do.”

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LPGA TOUR WEEKEND FINAL TOTALS, PRIZEMONEY

1 Ariya Jutanugarn 65   68   73    67 . 273   $195,000
2 Christina Kim 64   71 72 71 278   $118,120
T3 Brooke M Henderson 72   67 72 68 279    $75,987
T3 Jessica Korda 72 65 70 72   279 $75,987
5 Belen Mozo 72 68 70 70 280 $53,353
T6 Lexi Thompson 74 68 72 67 281 $35,245
T6 Azahara Munoz 69 69 74 69 281 $35,245
T6 Marina Alex 68 67 75 71 281 $35,245
T6 Hyo Joo Kim 71 68 70 72 281 $35,245
10 Angela Stanford 71 70 72 69 282 $26,191
T11   Brittany Altomare 70 72 73 68 283 $21,354
T11 In Gee Chun 72 69 72 70 283 $21,354
T11 Gaby Lopez 71 68 73 71 283 $21,354
T11 Lindy Duncan 73 69 70 71 283 $21,354
T11 Sadena Parks 69 75 68 71 283 $21,354
T16 Sei Young Kim 71 72 73 68 284 $16,491
T16 Jennifer Song 75 66 74 69 284 $16,491
T16 Lydia Ko 71 71 72 70 284 $16,491
T16 Mariajo Uribe 73 71 70 70 284 $16,491
T20 Ryann O'Toole 75 68 71 71 285 $13,350
T20 Charley Hull 70 70 73 72 285 $13,350
T20 Min Lee 71 69 72 73 285 $13,350
T20 Minjee Lee 68 70 73 74 285 $13,350
T20 Amy Yang 73 71 67 74 285 $13,350
T20 So Yeon Ryu 68 67 75 75 285 $13,350
T20 Suzann Pettersen 71 68 70 76 285 $13,350
T27 Pornanong Phatlum 73 73 75 65 286 $9,253
T27 Mi Hyang Lee 72 72 74 68 286 $9,253
T27 Moriya Jutanugarn 73 73 72 68 286 $9,253
T27 Se Ri Pak 73 70 74 69 286 $9,253
T27 Cristie Kerr 72 69 75 70 286 $9,253
T27 Ashleigh Simon 73 71 72 70 286 $9,253
T27 Eun-Hee Ji 73 73 70 70 286 $9,253
T27 Lee-Anne Pace 72 71 72 71 286 $9,253
T27 Jodi Ewart Shadoff   72   73 70 71 286 $9,253
T27 Caroline Masson 71 70 72 73 286 $9,253
T27 Kim Kaufman 71 73 69 73 286 $9,253
T27 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar 72 72 67 75 286 $9,253
T39 Ayako Uehara 72 70 75 70 287 $6,596
T39 Annie Park 75 70 72 70 287 $6,596
T39 Shanshan Feng 74 69 72 72 287 $6,596
T39 Giulia Molinaro 70 67 77 73 287 $6,596
T43 Beatriz Recari 71 71 76 70 288 $5,510
T43 Celine Herbin 74 70 73 71 288 $5,510
T43 Katherine Kirk 77 69 70 72 288 $5,510
T43 Nontaya Srisawang 74 72 69 73 288 $5,510
T43 Sakura Yokomine 69 75 70 74 288 $5,510
T48 Julie Yang 71 71 78 69 289 $4,090
T48 Prima Thammaraks 73 70 76 70 289 $4,090
T48 Dori Carter 70 71 77 71 289 $4,090
T48 Catriona Matthew 70 75 73 71 289 $4,090
T48 Lisa Ferrero 72 70 75 72 289 $4,090
T48 Sarah Jane Smith 72 73 72 72 289 $4,090
T48 Ssu-Chia Cheng 75 70 72 72 289 $4,090
T48 Lee Lopez 73 73 70 73 289 $4,090
T48 Austin Ernst 70 70 75 74 289 $4,090
T48 Jennifer Johnson 74 68 73 74 289 $4,090
T48 Brittany Lincicome 70 67 77 75 289 $4,090
T48 Jane Park 74 67 70 78 289 $4,090
T60 Samantha Richdale 69 74 75 72 290 $3,104
T60 Casey Grice 74 72 71 73 290 $3,104
T60 Sandra Changkija 75 70 71 74 290 $3,104
T60 Sarah Kemp 71 75 70 74 290 $3,104
T60 Sydnee Michaels 73 68 71 78 290 $3,104
T65 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 74 71 75 71 291 $2,781
T65 Karine Icher 74 69 76 72 291 $2,781
T65 Pernilla Lindberg 74 72 73 72 291 $2,781
T65 Daniela Iacobelli 75 69 74 73 291 $2,781
T65 Laetitia Beck 73 68 76 74 291 $2,781
T70 Haeji Kang 75 71 75 71 292 $2,538
T70 Laura Davies 72 74 74 72 292 $2,538
T70 Cheyenne Woods 73 73 73 73 292 $2,538
T70 Mi Jung Hur 71 71 74 76 292 $2,538
T74 Benyapa Niphatsophon 77 69 77 70 293 $2,427
T74 Megan Khang 73 71 75 74 293 $2,427
T74 Marion Ricordeau 77 68 73 75 293 $2,427
T77 Jiayi Zhou 74 70 79 72 295 $2,336
T77 Becky Morgan 73 73 75 74 295 $2,336
T77 Brianna Do 73 73 73 76 295 $2,336
80 Stephanie Kono 72 72 72 80 296 $2,277

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Vive La France! Wonder girl Pauline (15) wins 

St Rule Trophy as French scoop the prizes

 French polish. The winnng team, left to right, of Chloe Salort, Anais Meyssonier, and the individual champion, young Pauline Roussin-Bouchard. Picture byJudy Aitken.

By COLIN FARQUHARSON 
It's a mouthful, but remember the name: Pauline Roussin-Bouchard! The 15-year-old from Valescure in southern France became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious St Rule Trophy at St Andrews today with a 13-under-par total of 213 - three shots better than last year's winner Aditi Ashok and the same total as play-off winner Jess Meek in 2014.

A stripling of a girl, Pauline was also the first French-born winner of a tournament which was first played in 1984. French players have gone close, very close to winning at St Andrews in the past but never quite made it until Roussin-Bouchard showed them how this weekend. 
Although her mother (who was quite laid back about it all) said she thought Pauline was a "bit nervy" on the first tee, it didn't show then or later to neutral observers.
The talented golfing girl from Valescure  made almost all the running with rounds of 68 and 71 over the New Course on Saturday and a two-under-par 74 as a south-east wind rose on a sunny  Sunday afternoon and added a shot or two, maybe more,  to the degree of difficulty of the Old Course's inward half.
Pauline won the European Young Masters last year at the age of 14 and has a string of successes in her home country and abroad.
"I have never been to St Andrews before but I had heard a lot about it and I have enjoyed coming to Scotland," said Pauline  in perfect English. 
She is No 53 in the Women's World Rankings and No 3 in the French women's domestic rankings.
"I want to be a professional and I am going to be one as soon as I am 18," said Roussin-Bouchard who also won the Lawson Trophy for the best performance by an Under-18 girl in the St Rule Trophy tournament.
With a golfing CV like hers, Pauline could pick any US college she wants at 18 but that is not the way she wants to go.
In her final round, Pauline birdied the second, fourth, ninth and 13th. She bogeyed the sixth and 12th in halves of 36 (two under) and 38 (level par).
Roussin-Bouchard led by two from compatriot Anais Meyssonnier after the Saturday rounds over the New Course  and they both reached the turn on the Old Course in two-under-par 36.
The last nine holes from mid-afternoon were the most difficult of the weekend with a chilly south easterly wind blowing in their faces. You can assess how difficult it became for the later starters by the inward half of Rotherham's Olivia Winning who won the Helen Holm Scottish stroke-play title last month for a second time.
She took 36 strokes (two under par) for the front nine today and then a nightmare 45 shots to come home for an 81 (total 225) after New Course rounds of 74 and 70 had her on the fringe of a possible last-day charge.
So that explains why Pauline could conjure up only one more birdie on the back nine, at the 13th, after dropping a shot at the 12th.
That left "la porte" open for Anais and she raised her game in the tough wind with birdies at the 10th, 13th and 14th, offset by a bogey at the 11th.
That was enough for the momentum to have passed to Meyssonnier who was sharing the lead on the 16th tee.
At that point, the odds were very much on a play-off being necessary to separate the front-running French girls (the best of pals, by the way). But Meyssonnier made a very costly mistake at the 16th - a bogey which knocked her back to 12 under par, trailing again by one with two to play.
They matched each other's pars at the last two holes with Meyssonnier finishing with a 73 (36-37) which included six birdies and three bogeys, and Roussin-Bouchard with a 74 (36-38) with four birdies and two bogeys.
France (Roussin-Bouchard, Meyssonnier and Chloe Salort) won the international team trophy by nine strokes from Scotland (Connie Jaffrey, Jess Meek and Heather Munro) who tied with England (Gemma Clews, Bethan Popel and Olivia Winning) for second place.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and local girl Lauren Whyte (Regulus) tied for third place on 216, three behind the winner and two  adrift of the runner-up.
Eilidh, who missed most of last season with injury, shot 74, 68 and 74, while Lauren, a student at Baylor University, Texas, reeled off three 72s in her best performance at this high level for a year or two. 
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) tied for eighth place on seven-under 219 after an outward half of five-under 33 over the Old Course had her lying joint third with nine holes to play. But she took two-over 40 shots to come home for a 73. Still, she might have run into a bit of form just in time for the Scottish women's championship at West Kilbride this week. She was beaten by Gabrielle Macdonald in the final at Prestwick two or three years back.
Runner-up Anais Meyssonnier is second from the left and champion Pauline Roussin-Bouchard is second from the right, flanked by the chief organising St Rule Club officials. Pictures by courtesy of Judy Aitken.
 Val Donaldson, St Rule Club captain, centre, presented the prizes.  Barbara Grounds, St Rule Club secretary, is on extreme left and Ellie Wilson (competition organiser) is on extreme right.

St Rule Trophy Scoreboard - Final Round - Old Course, St Andrews

FINAL TOTALS
par 226 (2x75 New Course, 1x76 Old Course)
CSS 75 75 76
213 P Roussin-Bouchard (France) 68 71 74
214 A Meyssonnier (France) 70 71 73
216 L Whyte (St Regulus) 72 72 72, E Briggs (Kilmacolm) 74 68 74
217 D Baillieux (Belgium) 74 75 68, G Batty (Moffat) 73 73 71, J Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 69 74 74
219 I Wardle (Prestbury) 76 71 72, C Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 74 72 73, H Morgan (Hallamshire) 75 71 73, C Frankish (Chart Hills) 72 70 77.
220 G Coughlin (St Annes Old Links) 73 76 71, B Popel (Long Ashton) 74 74 72, C Liautier (France) 76 68 76.
222 L Brunt (Royal Birkdale) 73 77 72, S Lamb (Clitheroe) 75 75 72, E Slater (Ely City) 73 75 74, L Van Respaille (Frane) 72 75 75, H McCook (Grantown on Spey) 78 69 75, S Giles (St Mellion) 78 69 75.
223 R Morris (Woodsome Hall) 76 73 74, L Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) 75 71 77
224 J Hall (Bishop Auckland) 71 78 75
225 B Garton (Royal Lytham) 71 81 73, G Paton (Royal Montrose) 75 76 74, A Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) 73 74 78, R Walker (Dumfries and Co) 71 75 79, O Winning (Rotherham) 74 70 81
226 E Healey (West Lancs) 75 74 77, E Goodall (Selby) 70 75 81
227 G Clews  (Delamere Forest) 75 80 72, E Codet (France) 78 72 77
228 S Jackson (Ladybank) 79 79 70, K Beveridge (Aboyne) 76 77 75, C Salort (France) 73 80 75, D Sverdloff (Orseytt) 76 73 79
229 T Mactaggart (Minto) 79 74 76, E Coleman (Trentham) 72 81 76, K Blum (Australia) 73 77 79.
230 G Daniell (Australia) 81 75 74, Y Chaucheprat (France) 77 75 78
231 G Macdonald (Craigielaw) 76 85 70, S Zasio (France) 78 76 77
232 Z Woodbridge (Australia) 84 74 74
233 J Saxton (Muckhart) 79 75 79, M Bechader
234 C Goadby (St Regulus) 79 75 80, C De Corte (Belgium) 80 74 80, S Dutrieux (Wratham Heath) 77 75 82, 77 75 82
235 M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 79 78, C Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) 77 79 79, C Vik (Norway) 78 76 7
237  C Hernandez (Canada) 82 74 81, E Hale (Troon Ladies) 76 75 86
238 B Davies  (Wolstanton) 75 82 81
239 O Rague (France) 77 80 82
240 G Mundy (Corhampton) 82 76 82 
243 H Munro (Monifieth) 79 78 86
245 C Lafourcade (France) 77 84 84

Withdrew: Olivia Jackson (Pannal) 78 84 wd 

INTERNATONAL TEAM TOTALS
427 France (P Roussin-Bouchard, C Salort, A Meyssonier).
436 England (G Clews, B Popel, O Winning), Scotland (C Jaffrey, J Meek, H Munro).
451 Australia (G Daniell, Z Woodbridge, K Blum); Belgium (D Baillieux, C De Corte. 

LAWSON TROPHY (Under-18s)
Leading totals
213 P Roussin-Bouchard (France)
217 D Baillieux (Belgium)
219 I Wardle (Prestbury), C Frankish (Chart Hills)

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

FRENCH 1-2 WITH ONE ROUND TO GO IN 

ST RULE TROPHY AT ST ANDREWS

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
France's Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, only 15 years old and No 53  in the Women's World Rankings. carries a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the St Rule Trophy women's 54-hole tournament at St Andrews.
Over the first two rounds today (Sat) on the New Course, Pauline, pictured left, a stripling of a girl, had rounds of 68 and 71 for an 11-under-par tally of 139.
The third and final round will be over the Old Course which a has a ladies' par of 76, one more than the New Course.
French players have gone close in the past to winning the "St Rule" but have never quite made it. This weekend, however, prospects of a first French victory are strengthened by the fact that Roussin-Bouchard's nearest rival, two behind on 141, is compatriot Anais Meyssonier from the Paris Country Club. She had rounds of 70 and 71.
Joint third overnight are Scotland international and 2014 Curtis Cup player Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills). They are bracketed on 142, Eilidh with rounds of 74 and 68, Cloe 72 70.
There are more Scots in the top 10 with 18 holes to go. Jess Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), winner of the title after a play-off against a French rival two years ago, is lying fifth on 143 with scores of 69 and 74.
And a shot behind is a US college student from St Andrews, Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), who certainly knows the courses better thanb most in the field. She had a pair of 72s for 144.
The leaders will tee off on Sunday at 11.20am.

ST RULE TROPHY
First two rounds over New Course, St Andrews
SECOND ROUND SCORES
Par 150 (2x75) CSS 75 75
139 P Roussin-Bouchard (Fra) 68 71
141 A Meyssonnier (Fra) 70 71
142 C Frankish (Chart Hills) 72 70, E Briggs (Kilmacolm) 74 68
143 J Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 69 74
144 L Whyte (St Regulus) 72 72, C Liautier (Fra) 76 68, O Winning (Rotherham) 74 70.
145 E Goodall (Selby) 70 75
146 R Walker (Dumfries and Co) 71 75, L Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) 75 71, H Morgan (Hallamshire) 75 71, G Batty (Moffat) 73 73, C Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 74 72
147 S Giles (St Mellion) 78 69, A Bailey (St Mellion) 78 69, H McCook (Granton on Spey) 78 69, L Van Respaille (Fra) 72 75, I Wardle (Prestbury) 76 71,
148 B Popel (Long Ashton) 74 74, E Slater (Ely City) 73 75
149 E Healey (West Lancs) 75 74, J Hall (Bishop Auckland) 71 78, G Coughlin (St Annes Old Links) 73 76, D Baillieux (Bel) 74 75, D Sverdloff (Orsett) 76 73, R Morris (Woodsome Hall) 76 73.
150 S Lamb (Clitheroe) 75 75, E Codet (Fra) 68 72, L Brunt (Royal Birkdale) 73 77, K Blum (Aus) 73 77
151 E Hale (Troon Ladies), G Paton (Royal Montrose) 75 76.
152 M Bechadergue (Fra) 78 74, S Dutrieux (Wratham Heath) 77 75, B Garton (Royal Lytham) 71 81, Y Chaucheprat (Fra) 77 75.
153 C Salort (Fra) 73 80, E Coleman (Trentham) 72 81, T Mactaggart (Minro) 79 74, K Beveridge (Aboyne) 76 77.
154 C De Corte (Bel) 80 74, C Vik (Norway) 78 76, J Saxton (Muckhart) 79 75,  S Zasio (Fra) 78 76, C Goadby (St Regulus) 79 75.
155 G Clews (Delamere Forest) 75 80.
156 C Hernandez (Can) 82 74, C Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) 77 79, G Daniell (Aus) 81 75
157 O Rague (Fra) 77 80, H Munro (Monifieth) 79 78, B Davies (Wolstanton) 75 82, M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 79
158 S Jackson (Ladybank) 79 79, Z Woodbrige (Aus) 84 74, G Mundy (Corhampton) 82 76
161 G Macdonald (Craigielaw) 76 85, C Lafourcade (Fra) 77 84
162 O Jackson (Pannal) 78 84


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St Rule Trophy THIRD ROUND Tee times for Old Course on Sunday

CSS Rd 1 75
CSS Rd 2 75


FIRST TEE TIME 8.00am
10min intervals.
1 Olivia Jackson Pannal 78 84
Charlotte Lafourcade Saint Cloud (France) 77 84
Gabrielle Macdonald Craigielaw 76 85
2 Georgina Mundy Corhampton 82 76
Zara Woodbridge Royal Melbourne (Australia) 84 74
Susan Jackson Ladybank 79 79
3 Megan Briggs Kilmacolm 78 79
Bronwyn Davies Wolstanton 75 82
Heather Munro Monifieth 79 78
8.30am

4 Ophélie Rague Toulouse (France) 77 80
Grace Daniell Metropolitan (Australia) 81 75
Claire Robertson Carnoustie 77 79
5 Claire Hernandez Thornhill (Canada) 82 74
Gemma Clews Delamere Forest 75 80
Chloe Goadby St Regulus 79 75
6 Salomé Zasio Bondues (France) 78 76
Jennifer Saxton Muckhart 79 75
Camilla Vik
The Stanwich Club
(Norway) 78 76

9.00am
7 Charlotte De Corte Royal Antwerp (Belgium) 80 74
Kimberley Beveridge Aboyne 76 77
Tara Mactaggart Minto 79 74
8 Emily Coleman Trentham 72 81
Chloé Salort RCF La Boulie (France) 73 80
Yvie Chaucheprat
Golf de Haute Auvergne
(France) 77 75
9 Bethany Garton Royal Lytham & St Annes 71 81
Sharna Dutrieux Wratham Heath 77 75
Margot Bechadergue Aix-Marseille (France) 78 74

9.30am
10 Gillian Paton Royal Montrose 75 76
Emma Hale Troon 76 75
Kristalle Blum The Grange (Australia) 73 77
11 Louisa Brunt The Royal Birkdale 73 77
Elisabeth Codet Rouen (France) 78 72
Sophie Lamb Clitheroe 75 75
10.00 am

12 Rochelle Morris Woodsome Hall 76 73
Dulcie Sverdloff Orsett 76 73
Diane Baillieux D' Hulencourt (Belgium) 74 75
13 Georgia Coughlin St Annes Old Links 73 76
Jessica Hall Bishop Auckland 71 78
Eloise Healey The West Lancashire 75 74
14 Emily Slater Ely City 73 75
Bethan Popel Long Ashton 74 74
Isobel Wardle Prestbury 76 71


10.30am
15 Laura Van Respaille Bondues (France) 72 75
Hannah McCook Grantown-on-Spey 78 69
Annabel Bailey Kirby Muxloe 73 74
 

10.40am
16 Samantha Giles St.Mellion 78 69
Connie Jaffrey Troon 74 72
Gemma Batty Moffat 73 73


10.50am
17 Holly Morgan Hallamshire 75 71
Lianna Bailey Kirby Muxloe 75 71
Rachel Walker Dumfries & County 71 75


11.00am

18 Ellie Goodall Selby 70 75
Olivia Winning Rotherham 74 70
Charlotte Liautier Paris Country Club (France) 76 68
 

11.10am
19 Lauren Whyte St Regulus 72 72
Jessica Meek Carnoustie Ladies 69 74
Eilidh Briggs Kilmacolm 74 68
 

11.20am
20 Cloe Frankish Chart Hills 72 70
Anais Meyssonnier Paris Country Club (France) 70 71
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard Valescure (France) 68 71