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Thursday, February 22, 2018

BELLE ROBERTSON REPRESENTING WOMENS GOLF AT THE SCOTTISH WOMEN IN SPORT AWARDS

Past Curtis Cup Players
Lady Angela Bonallack, Eilidh Briggs, 2016 Kilmacolm Ladies Captain Susan Reid,

Belle Robertson, Julie Otto and Mo Richmond
We all know now that #GirlsDoSport - and that more opportunities are occuring ever day to encourage more and more women and girls to particpate. However at Scottish Women in Sport, we believe it is important in order to move forward and continue to accelerate change, we take time to recognise the many female pioneers in sport who have largely gone unnoticed.
Recording our sporting history is an important part of moving forward and yet there are still many pioneers who go unrecognised.
This year Scottish Women in Sport will induct some of our past and present 'Pioneers of Sport' into our Hall of Fame’ on Sunday 4th March at a ladies lunch in Glasgow. Belle Robertson will be representing Women's Golf.
This will be, in part, our contribution to International Women’s Day, #PressForProgress which is on Thursday 8th March.
You can sign up to join us on the day. A delicious afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco on arrival, an Inspirational speaker, the awards themselves will be followed by some music.
Come and join us and help us keep alive the memory of those who battled to get an opportunity to participate in sport and those who are currently leading the way.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

SHEENA MURCHIE IS AYRSHIRE’S NUMBER ONE THIS WEEK IN MY GOLF RANKING

The MyGolfRanking.net AYRSHIRE GOLFERS of WEEK18/07 are SHEENA MURCHIE (Lamlash Ladies) who ascends to NUMBER ONE on the MGR Ayrshire Ladies Ranking and COLIN KNOX of Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club who climbs to NUMBER ONE on the MGR Ayrshire Men’s Ranking.
 
AYRSHIRE LADIES
Sheena Murchie (Lamlash) 960 points
Susan Butchard (Brodick) 890 
Sally Hamilton (Loudoun Gowf) 825 
4 Alison Uppal (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 806 
5 Linda Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 788 
Margaret Dalziel (Loudoun Gowf) 719 
7 Ann Clark (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 715 
8 Roz McCulloch (Girvan) 708 
9 Elinor Heggie (Girvan) 704 
10 Ann May (Brodick) 700

AYRSHIRE CLUBS – LADIES
1 Brodick 717 points
2 Prestwick St Cuthbert 703 
Girvan 699 
Lamlash 551 
Ballochmyle 479 

AYRSHIRE MEN
Colin Knox (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 1269 points
2 Martin Riddall (New Cumnock) 1163 
3 Jamie Rankin (Ballochmyle) 1014 
Andrew Carroll (Drongan) 989 
5 Neil McBride (Kilmarnock (Barassie)) 986 
6 Andrew Campbell (Kilmarnock (Barassie)) 959 
7 Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 953 
8 W F Wilson (Ballochmyle) 950 
9 C Adams (Irvine) 943
10 David Cunningham (Ayr Carrick) 940

AYRSHIRE CLUBS – MEN
Kilmarnock (Barassie) 734 points
Brodick 714
Ayr Carrick 705 
Ballochmyle 704 
Girvan 701

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THAI PRODIGY ATTHAYA THITIKUL, 15, SHOOTS 65 TO LEAD WOMEN’S AMATEUR ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP IN SINGAPORE

Photo courtesy of the R&A

Singapore, 21 February 2018: Thai prodigy Atthaya ‘Jean’ Thitikul – who last year became the youngest player to win a Ladies European Tour event – shot six-under-par 65 to hold a one-stroke lead over Japan’s Yuka Yasuda after the first round of the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific at Sentosa Golf Club.

Thitikul, who turned 15 on Tuesday, is one of two players in the field to have won a professional event, having won the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya last July before the-then 14-year-old won the Southeast Asian Games individual and team golds in Malaysia a month later.

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DAME LAURA LOVES KEEPING UP WITH THE YOUNGSTERS



Dame Laura Davies is enjoying her 2018 campaign in Australia and says that outplaying the youngsters is keeping her motivated at 54-years young. In her first three events of the season, she has tied for 21st in the Oates Vic Open, 34th in the AgtewAGL Canberra Ladies Classic and 40th in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Starting the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort in 20th position on the Order of Merit, she says that she still feels as competitive as ever.

“I just love it! It keeps you young, playing with the youngsters. There are a few of us dinosaurs left like myself, Juli Inkster and Trish Johnson, the ones I turned pro with. It’s just great to be out on the golf course with these young girls and trying to compete with them,” she said. “We are very lucky to be here at Bonville this week. It came up very late, but a lot of effort and time has been put into making this event happen. For us players, it’s just great to be here.” The average age of the winners on the LET in 2017 was 22 and last year, Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, became the youngest ever winner at 14 years of age.

Despite that, the four-time major winner and former world number one, Davies believes that a 46th LET title could be on the horizon. “I just love to win. For anyone in sport, it’s all about the winning. Whether you’re just playing a friendly game for a couple of quid with your mates, you still want to win and you don’t want to lose… especially to friends. Any great sports person has to have that passion to win. Just to turn up and take part is not enough for the great champions and I hope I’m one of them.”

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QUADRUPLE BOGEY KILLS HOLLIE MUSE TITLE HOPES

FROM COLIN FARQUHARSON

West Lancashire's Hollie Muse had a disastrous quadruple bogey 7 at the third hole of her final round - with a bogey either side! - to kill her hopes of a late challenge for victory in the JU Amelia Island Collegiate tournament at Amelia National Golf Club, Fernandina Beach in Florida today (Tuesday).
Hollie, joint leader after an opening round of three-under-par 69, followed that up with scores of 73 and 75 for a sixth place finish on one-over 217. She did have four birdies in her final round.

One slot behind her in seventh place in a field of 81 was another English player, Georgia State freshman Chloe Howard from Plymouth. Chloe had scores of 72, 76 and 70.

GolfStat shows Sydney Shrader (North Florida) (73-68-71) and Isabell Ekstrom (Campbell University) (69-72-71) tied for first place on 212 but does not elaborate on whether there was a play-off or not.

Same goes for the team title. Campbell University of North Carolina and Daytona State College both finished on 878, one stroke ahead of North Florida in a field of 15 teams.
But was there a play-off or did they share the title? Would love to tell you .. but GolfStat never does.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GOLF’S NEW WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM DESIGNED TO WELCOME MORE GOLFERS


20 February 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: 

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.
The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.
The new system will feature the following:  
  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game 
Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system. 
This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by The R&A and the USGA with support from each existing handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.  
“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.” 
Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernising golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.” 
The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.   
Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020.  When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by The R&A and the USGA and administered by national and regional associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures. 
The existing six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.   
The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The R&A and the USGA, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules of Handicapping, aimed to support modernising, growing and improving accessibility of the sport. 
As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A’s and the USGA’s efforts to implement a World Handicap System. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.
To provide feedback on the new World Handicap System or for more information, visit www.randa.org. Golfers are encouraged to follow and join in the conversation on social media by using #golfwhs2020.

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DOUGLAS PARK GOLF CLUB GREENSOMES STABLEFORD


The Ladies’ Open Greensomes Stableford at Douglas Park Golf Club in Bearsden, Glasgow is on Friday 22nd June 2018
Tee Off Times 8am – 4pm Entry Fee per Couple
 £10 Entry Details and Entry Form -- Limited to 112 couples

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY DETAILS AND ENTRY FORM 

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HOLLIE MUSE DROPS TO T4 IN FLORIDA

Hollie Muse (West Lancashire Golf Club) has helped Daytona State College to lead the team title race in the JU Amelia Island Collegiate but she herself has dropped out of a share of the individual lead to joint fourth in a field of 81 competitors with a round to go at Amelia National Golf Club, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Hollie has had rounds of 69 and 73 for a two-under tally of 142 over a par-72 course of 6,029yd. She had six birdies in her opening round but only two in Round 2.

Ayelen Irizas from North Carolina's Campbell University leads with 69-71 for 140 but anyone of eight or so players, including Hollie, could still win it, so closely bunched are the leaders.

Daytona State (579) lead the team event by three from Campbell with North Florida (587) third of 15 teams.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

HOLLIE MUSE JOINT FIRST ROUND LEADER IN FLORIDA


West Lancashire Golf Club member Hollie Muse (pictured left) , a student at Daytona State College, was sharing the first round lead with a three-under 69 over a par 72 course of 6,029yd in the JU Amelia Island Collegiate tournament at Amelia Golf Club, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Two Campbell University students, Iskabell Ekstrom and Ayelen Irizar also had 69s.

There are 81 players in the field.

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Scots women lose to South Africa


South Africa beat Scotland 2.5-1.5 in a four-a-side women's amateur golf match at East London Golf Club. All the matches were played over the full 18 holes.

Shannon McWilliam from Aboyne lost to Danielle du Toit by six holes. 

Hannah McCook from Grantown on Spey lost by two holes to Kajal Mistry. 

Gemma Batty (West Linton) halved with Caitlyn Macnab and the Scots' only winner, Chloe Boadbury (Stirling) finished three up on Zethu Myeki.

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LANARKSHIRE'S ANNE BURDEN HAS DIED

It is with much sadness that Lanarkshire Ladies' County Golf Association have announced the death of Anne Burden.

Anne sadly has been ill for the past four years following a stroke but up until then was a very active lady, heavily involved in dance and in golf. and a well liked and respected member of LLCGA

Anne was a member of the Lanarkshire County Team from 1964 to 1984, during which time Lanarkshire won the County Finals 4 times.

She was County Captain from 1979 to 1981. She has been successful in many County Competitions and in 1976 won both the Blackjack Cup and County Championship.
She was made an Honorary Member of the County in 2003 and Honorary President of LLCGA from 2013 to 2015.

From 2001 to 2006 she was a Scottish International Selector and was also Captain of the West Vets in 2003 - 2004.
She had also been a member of The Ladies Golf Club Troon, Cambuslang Golf Club and East Kilbride GC
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We extend our sympathy to her son Mike and daughters Bobbi and Katy, and her grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements to follow

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

SHANNON McWILLIAM WINS SOUTH AFRICAN TOURNAMENT BY SIX STROKES



Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam (pictured above) won the Border Ladies stroke-play championship by a resounding six strokes at East London Golf Club, South Africa today (Sunday).

Hannah and Shannon

Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) finished joint second with South Africa's Danielle du Toit.

McWilliam outclassed the field, thanks to a bag of 13 birdies - four in a first round 72, seven in a second round 69 and two in a closing round of 75.  She finished on 3 under par 216.

McCook had scores of 71, 75 and 76 for six-over 222 while Du Toit scored 75, 74 and 73 for the same total.

Gemma Batty (West Linton) finished 12th on 229 with rounds of 73, 78 and 78.

Chloe Goadby (Stirling) shot scores of 75, 80 and 76 for 231 and 14th place.

The general level of scores would suggest that bad weather hit the tournament on the last day.

BORDER LADIES STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP East London Golf Club, South Africa

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
216 S McWilliam (Aboyne) 72 69 75.
222 H McCook (Grantown on Spey) 71 75, 76, Danielle du Toit (S Africa) 75 74 73

OTHER SCOTS' TOTALS
229 G Batty (West Linton) 73 78 78 (12th)
231 C Goadby (Stirling) 75 80 76 (14th)

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MYGOLF RANKING -- ANGUS RESULTS AND AN INTRODUCTION TO MyGolfRanking


The MyGolfRanking ANGUS GOLFERS of WEEK18/06 is KATHERINE TAYLOR (Brechin Ladies), who remains at No 9 on the MGR Angus Ladies Rankingand ALEX CRUICKSHANK of Edzell GC who rises to No 4 on the MGR Angus Men’s Ranking.
ANGUS LADIES
Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) 976 points
Ann Dawson (Arbroath Artisan) 957
3 Jane Tough (Brechin) 919
4 Jane Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 914
5 Pamela Wickstead (Monifieth) 896 
6 Lesley Forsyth (Montrose Caledonia) 888
Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) 887
8 Kay McAllister (Edzell) 881 
Katherine Taylor (Brechin) 879
10 Pat Roy (Forfar) 844 

ANGUS LADIES CLUBS
Montrose Caledonia 810
Carnoustie 746
Edzell 716
Brechin 706 
5 Letham Grange 702 
6 Montrose Mercantile 697

ANGUS MEN
Ryan Hewitt (Edzell) 1231 points
Graham Bell (Downfield) 1106
3 David Birse (Edzell) 1059
Alex Cruickshank (Edzell) 1028
5 Glenn Taylor (Edzell) 1016
6 Mike Letford (Piperdam Osprey) 1006
7= William Lambie (Grange Monifieth), Craig Maclachlan(Grange Monifieth) 994
9 Barry Petrie (Edzell) 990
10 Gary Pyott (Arbroath Artisan) 970

ANGUS MEN CLUBS
1 Edzell 833
2 Montrose Caledonia 758 
3 Logie 750 
Kingennie 749 
5 Monifieth 730
Broughty 727 

For up-to-date ranking lists of participating clubs, the full Regional, National and International Rankings and how it works, visit www.mygolfranking.net.

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JIN YOUNG KO CLAIMS WIRE-TO-WIRE VICTORY AT ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN


Jin Young Ko

Brilliant Korean Jin Young Ko dominated the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, but it was also a victory of sorts for Australia’s Hannah Green.
Ko won by three shots when she rolled in a short par putt at the final hole, with Kooyonga’s 18th green surrounded by thousands of spectators.
But the 21-year-old Green secured the best finish of her short LPGA Tour career, and her best result in her national Open, finishing third.
Ko, 22, left everyone in her wake with a wire-to-wire victory that franks her win in her native country last year, a triumph that allowed her to take up full LPGA Tour membership for 2018. Now she has won her first start as a member, a feat not achieved in the previous 67 years.
She was No.20 in the world before this week, will likely be close to the top 10 by tomorrow and is a potential No.1 with the quality of her ball-striking, especially with her lasered iron shots.
“My goal is rookie of the year,” she said. She was then asked: “What about player of the year?” She paused: “I haven’t thought about that.”
Ko started the week with a 65 and was never headed, never really seriously threatened, even. Her compatriot Hye-jin Choi was the closest, jumping out of the pack to move within two shots at the turn and still just two shots back when they came down the stretch.
But this was how it went. Ko hit a beautiful seven iron shot to the 17th green, where the pond on the right represented potentially her only way of losing the Open. Then she rolled the putt down the hill and into the cup from 5m. Game over.
The look on her face changed. “Relief,” she said it was.
Down the 18th fairway with the whole throbbing Kooyonga crowd to watch her, she made jokes with Australian caddie Dean Herden, who has been with her for two years. “Scary Dean,” she calls him, and she added today that Herden’s face had been grim throughout. “He’s nervous,” she said. “Me too.”
On Sunday she shot a three-under par 69, starting out with two birdies that stretched her initial lead of four shots to six. She made some mistakes along the way, but none too calamitous, and she hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation. In four rounds she only missed 11 greens, the best result in the field, and posted 14 under – remarkable scoring on a course as tricky as Kooyonga.
Choi finished second at 11 under, closing with a 67. She is a phenomenon at 18, formerly the world’s best amateur, 2017 Australian Amateur Champion and now one of the best players in the world. Period.
Green was outright third and had nothing to be ashamed of her first appearance in the final group at her national Open. She is 21, starting out her rookie season, and has already earned more than $US100,000 with the $87,000 she earned today, enough to be within sight of a guarantee of a longer tenure as a tour player.
“I’ve started off really well,” the West Australian said. “My goal was to get into every major, and I know that’s quite hard being a rookie this year, so hopefully I’ve made enough money and keep making money to make sure that I’m definitely in.”
More importantly, she showed she could compete.
Right to the 17th, when she hit a gorgeous iron shot in close and made the birdie, she was doing her best to push Ko. She shot 69 on the day to finish 10 under, but she was always chasing once she went par-par on the opening two par-fives to Ko’s birdie-birdie.
“I’m very proud of my week this week,” she said.  “It’s great to be playing an Aussie Open and be contending.”
Katherine Kirk and Minjee Lee also had their moments on the final day.
Kirk started out with no expectations and an eight-shot deficit, playing loose and shooting the day’s low round, a 65. The Queenslander fist-pumped when she rolled in her birdie putt at the 18th, held the clubhouse lead for an hour or more at nine under, but ultimately finished fourth.
Lee knew that she needed to go very low and set herself up with two birdies in the first five holes, but by the time she bogeyed the 16th her chances had evaporated. She carded a 70 to finish fifth with American Marina Alex at seven under.
Yuri Yoshida of Japan was the leading amateur at even par.
Scotland’s Michele Thomson finished tied 48th on I over par
CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS -- and final round video highlights

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

SCOTS HANNAH AND SHANNON IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN MIX

Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) are in the mix at the Border Ladies Championship at East London Golf Club, South Africa.

South African Azelia Meichtry leads with a 70, one ahead of McCook and two in front of McWilliam.

Gemma Batty (West Linton) had a 73 and Chloe Goadby (Stirling) a 75. The tournament is over three rounds

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CHARLEY HULL FINDS TROUBLE ON MOVING DAY


Charley Hull (pictured above) found her groove only to make a huge error on the 17th in the third round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The 21-year-old from Kettering in England was five-under-par for the day after 16 holes at Kooyonga Golf Club, despite a double-bogey at the short third hole, only to fritter away three strokes with a triple bogey on the 17th.

 Heading to the 17th tee five strokes behind the leader, Jin Young Ko, Hull she pushed her drive into awful trouble and could only bunt it out backwards.

 From there, she found another poor lie and hit her third shot into the water. After her pitch rolled over the green, she opted to putt from just off the green and her ball rolled 15 feet past the pin, but she made a solid putt for a seven, followed by a sand save on the par-4 18th hole and a third round of 70, to end the day on three-under-par.

After her returning her score card, her spirits remained high and she said: “I’m happy with my round, I’m playing really good, especially at the start of the season.

It was a shame on 17, because I didn’t hit much of a bad drive really and it just took a massive bounce off the fairway and ended up in the bush, and then I chipped out of it, actually an all right chip out there and then the lie that I had where I chipped out was on the fairway, but it was in a weird V like that, so I hit it, it pulled it, pushed it to the right and I chipped up and then two putted. But I was really happy with my round and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

 This is Hull’s second start of 2018 after a tie for 26th in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. The three-time European Solheim Cup team member, now in her sixth year on tour, is looking for her third career win after the 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup on the LET and the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA.

Scotland's Michele Thomson is tied in 50th place on 2 over par

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