Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pamela Pretswell tied third, four off the pace with a round to go in French Open

From Bethan Cutler, LET Media Manager
Home hope Celine Herbin of France carded four birdies in her last six holes to grab a share of the lead with Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen heading into the final round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf de Chantaco.

After three rounds, played in fair weather, the pair are locked at 11 under par 199 over the par-70 lay-out with a four-stroke advantage over Hamilton’s Pamela Pretswell (pictured above) and defending champion Azahara Munoz from Spain.

Munoz is trying to become the first player to win the title three years in succession, but Herbin is equally motivated in becoming the first home winner in 11 years, since Stephanie Arricau won at Golf d’Arras in 2004.

I’m really looking forward to playing tomorrow. It’s going to be really nice because it’s the Open de France and I am French. I will have 1000 people around me cheering for me so it’s going to give me a plus… maybe the 15th club in my bag. I really look forward to it and just want to enjoy it,” said Herbin, who is leading for the first time in four years on the Ladies European Tour.

After carding a five under par 65, she added: “Of course it’s different when you have so many people cheering but you just focus on your own game, your ball and where to send your ball.”

Pedersen, who signed for a two under par 68 containing four birdies and two bogeys, is also targeting her first professional title.

She said:  “My game has been good all week. If Celine shoots eight under or something there is not much you can do but I’ll play my best and I know my game is good enough to win. Hopefully I’ll play well.”

European Solheim Cup player Munoz, who won at Chantaco in 2013 and 2014, bogeyed the first hole but after giving herself a pep talk, fired five birdies in a 66. She said: “I’m obviously further away than I would like to be but I’ll take it. Mid round I was six or seven back so if I’m five back tomorrow anything is possible. You can have a really low one here, so hopefully it will be me tomorrow.

“You can make a big number out here or you can make a lot of birdies, it can go both ways. I told myself to be patient, there were plenty of holes left and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Third year LET member Pamela Pretswell from Hamilton  is back in contention after a run of three missed cuts and explained that her putter is hot again.

“I’m driving it well and hitting my irons a lot better, good distance control which is necessary with the spin on the greens. I’ve been working on my putting the last month or so and the changes are starting to pay off,” she said.

First-round leader Gwladys Nocera from France is five shots off the lead in fifth place alongside Malene Jorgensen on six under par. She said:I didn’t make the four, five metre putts today for birdie. I hit some good shots but they didn’t drop. It’s slightly frustrating but I’m getting there and tomorrow hopefully they will drop.”

Fellow Solheim Cup player Charley Hull from England, Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and the recent Helsingborg Open champion Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark share seventh on five under par.

At four under par, Joanna Klatten of France and United States Solheim Cup team winner Cristie Kerr are tied for 10th.

 par 210 (3x70)

     Celine Herbin FRAF-11666865   199
Emily Kristine Pedersen DNKF-11676468   199
Azahara Munoz ESPF-7686966   203
Pamela Pretswell SCOF-7696866   203
Gwladys Nocera FRAF-6657168   204
Malene Jorgensen DENF-6696768   204
Marianne Skarpnord NORF-5677266   205
[+]75Charley Hull ENGF-5686968   205
[+]75Nicole Broch Larsen DENF-5686968   205
[+]1026Cristie Kerr USAF-4746765   206
[+]1014Joanna Klatten FRAF-4687167   206
[+]1210Anne-Lise Caudal FRAF-3726669   207
[+]1210Trish Johnson ENGF-3687069   207
[+]1435Camilla Lennarth SWEF-2717166   208
[+]1419Beth Allen USAF-2756568   208
[+]1419Georgia Hall ENGF-2766468   208
[+]1419Stacy Lee Bregman RSAF-2707068   208
[+]145Carly Booth SCOF-2716671   208
[+]1944Amy Boulden WALF-1697466   209
[+]1926Minea Blomqvist FINF-1707168   209
[+]1926Ursula Wikstrom FINF-1717068   209
[+]1919Klara Spilkova CZEF-1707069   209
[+]1914Giulia Sergas ITAF-1706970   209
[+]1910Dewi Claire Schreefel NEDF-1687071   209
[+]2535Stacey Keating AUSFE717168   210
[+]2526Margherita Rigon ITAFE717069   210
[+]2526Eleanor Givens ENGFE726969   210
[+]2526Amelia Lewis USAFE707169   210
[+]2519Carlota Ciganda ESPFE707070   210
[+]3049Holly Clyburn ENGF+1717367   211
[+]3044Whitney Hillier AUSF+1737068   211
[+]3035Florentyna Parker ENGF+1736969   211
[+]3035Jade Schaeffer FRAF+1707269   211
[+]3026Justine Dreher (a)FRAF+1697270   211
[+]3019Katie Burnett USAF+1707071   211
[+]3019Fabienne In-Albon SWIF+1736771   211
[+]3014Cathryn Bristow NZLF+1677272   211
[+]3835Sally Watson SCOF+2717170   212
[+]3826Liz Young ENGF+2687371   212
[+]4044Becky Morgan WALF+3727170   213
[+]4035Caroline Afonso FRAF+3727071   213
[+]4035Isabelle Boineau FRAF+3687471   213
[+]4026Nina Holleder GERF+3697272   213
[+]4444Rebecca Artis AUSF+5737072   215
[+]4444Lucie Andre FRAF+5746972   215
[+]4435Valentine Derrey FRAF+5707273   215
[+]4435Sophie Sandolo ITAF+5717173   215
[+]4414Marion Ricordeau FRAF+5677276   215
[+]4410Christine Wolf AUTF+5706877   215
[+]5049Ines Lescudier (a)FRAF+7747073   217
[+]5149Stephanie Na AUSF+10727276   220