Thursday, September 24, 2015

Gwladys Nocera leads French Ladies Open

LET News Release
European Solheim Cup player Gwladys Nocera thrilled the home galleries with a five under par 65 to lead after the first round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

In fine conditions, Nocera fired five birdies to end a stroke ahead of fellow Frenchwoman Celine Herbin at Golf de Chantaco, a scenic course located between The Rhûne Mountain and the Atlantic coast in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine.

“I started the day a little bit slow and after a couple of holes I told myself, you decided to come here, you’ve always wanted to win this tournament, so get your act together and play golf,” said Nocera, 40, who played in the Evian Championship and then The Solheim Cup in Germany last week. 
“Sometimes after two tough weeks like we went through, it’s easy not to give everything you have because you’re tired, but I really want to win this tournament and I think in the back of my head it hit me. I kept on playing better and made a few putts, so it’s really nice to end the day like that.”

Ladies European Tour rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, Marianne Skarpnord, Cathryn Bristow and Marion Ricordeau share third position on three under par 67. 

European Solheim Cup team member Azahara Munoz from Spain is seeking to become the first player to win the Open de France three times in succession and lies in a group sharing seventh place on two under par 68, alongside her English team-mate Charley Hull.

Fellow Spanish Solheim Cup player Carlota Ciganda was four under through 17 holes but made a quadruple bogey 8 on the last after twice shanking the ball out of bounds and she signed for a level par 70. 
United States Solheim Cup team  winner Cristie Kerr struggled to a four over par 74 after recording two double bogeys on the back nine, on 11 and 18. 

However, Fiona Puyo from France was all smiles after a hole in one at the 141-yard 12th using her 8-iron. After signing for a two over par 72, she said: “I didn't see the ball go in, because the green is uphill, but I heard the cheers from the crowd and I knew the ball went in! 
"I was told it pitched two yards behind the pin and came back in with the spin. It's my second hole-in-one: I made one during the 2011 French match play championship when I was still an amateur. So it's my first one as a pro."

The Lacoste Ladies Open de France continues on Friday, followed by a cut to the leading 50 players and those tied after the second round.


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[+]1   Gwladys Nocera FRAF-565
[+]2   Celine Herbin FRAF-466
[+]3   Emily Kristine Pedersen DNKF-367
[+]3   Marianne Skarpnord NORF-367
[+]3   Cathryn Bristow NZLF-367
[+]3   Marion Ricordeau FRAF-367
[+]7   Nicole Broch Larsen DENF-268
[+]7   Azahara Munoz ESPF-268
[+]7   Charley Hull ENGF-268
[+]7   Trish Johnson ENGF-268
[+]7   Dewi Claire Schreefel NEDF-268
[+]7   Mathilda Cappeliez (a)FRAF-268
[+]7   Isabelle Boineau FRAF-268
[+]7   Liz Young ENGF-268
[+]7   Joanna Klatten FRAF-268
[+]16   Justine Dreher (a)FRAF-169
[+]16   Amy Boulden WALF-169
[+]16   Patricia Sanz Barrio ESPF-169
[+]16   Pamela Pretswell SCOF-169
[+]16   Malene Jorgensen DENF-169
[+]16   Nina Holleder GERF-169
[+]22   Leigh Whittaker GERFE70
[+]22   Carlota Ciganda ESPFE70
[+]22   Valentine Derrey FRAFE70
[+]22   Katie Burnett USAFE70
[+]22   Giulia Sergas ITAFE70
[+]22   Laurette Maritz RSAFE70
[+]22   Bree Arthur AUSFE70
[+]22   Amelia Lewis USAFE70
[+]22   Klara Spilkova CZEFE70
[+]22   Stacy Lee Bregman RSAFE70
[+]22   Christine Wolf AUTFE70
[+]22   Jade Schaeffer FRAFE70
[+]22   Holly Aitchison ENGFE70
[+]22   Maha Haddioui MARFE70
[+]22   Stefania Croce ITAFE70
[+]22   Minea Blomqvist FINFE70
[+]38   Holly Clyburn ENGF+171
[+]38   Camilla Lennarth SWEF+171
[+]38   Carly Booth SCOF+171
[+]38   Sally Watson SCOF+171
[+]38   Margherita Rigon ITAF+171
[+]38   Stacey Keating AUSF+171
[+]38   Ursula Wikstrom FINF+171
[+]38   Sophie Sandolo ITAF+171
[+]38   Alexandra Vilatte FRAF+171
[+]47   Diana Luna ITAF+272
[+]47   Anne-Lise Caudal FRAF+272
[+]47   Fiona Puyo FRAF+272
[+]47   Becky Morgan WALF+272
[+]47   Vikki Laing SCOF+272
[+]47   Stephanie Na AUSF+272
[+]47   Caroline Afonso FRAF+272
[+]47   Eleanor Givens ENGF+272
Projected Cut +2
[+]55   Nanna Koerstz Madsen DENF+373
[+]55   Rebecca Artis AUSF+373
[+]55   Florentyna Parker ENGF+373
[+]55   Whitney Hillier AUSF+373
[+]55   Fabienne In-Albon SWIF+373
[+]55   Maria Balikoeva RUSF+373
[+]61   Ines Lescudier (a)FRAF+474
[+]61   Cristie Kerr USAF+474
[+]61   Kylie Walker SCOF+474
[+]61   Sophie Giquel-Bettan FRAF+474
[+]61   Rebecca Hudson ENGF+474
[+]61   Lucie Andre FRAF+474
[+]61   Sophie Walker ENGF+474
[+]68   Hannah Ralph ENGF+575
[+]68   Hannah Burke ENGF+575
[+]68   Beth Allen USAF+575
[+]68   Marie Fourquier FRAF+575
[+]72   Georgia Hall ENGF+676
[+]72   Becky Brewerton WALF+676
[+]72   Chloe Leurquin BELF+676
[+]72   Albane Valenzuela (a)SWIF+676
[+]76   Ariane Provot FRAF+777
[+]76   Ann-Kathrin Lindner GERF+777
[+]78   Emilie Piquot FRAF+1080
 W/D  Eva Gilly (a)FRA