Sunday, February 21, 2016

Alice Hewson (70) outshines Bronte Law (78)

 in New Orleans' opening round

The spotlight will shine increasingly on the GB and I players who are front runners for a place in the team of eight to play the United States at Dunlaoghaire GC, near Dublin in the Curtis Cup match in mid-June.
The four highest-placed eligible players after the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke play championship at Troon in April will be automatic selections.

Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted and Clemson University), pictured left, and Bronte Law (Bramhall and UCLA) are within that four currently but they had contrasting fortunes on the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl 54-hole tournament at English Turn Golf and Country Club, New Orleans.
Alice had a two-under-par 70 with birdies at the long second, fourth, 10th and short 12th to be T7 going into Round 2. 
On the other hand, Bronte, who has a higher world ranking that Hewson and is the English champion, had one of her worst days on a golf course for a long time.

The Cheshire player, pictured right,  struggled to a six-over 78 and is T68 after 18 holes in a field of 90 players.
Law had a double bogey 6 at the first hole and a triple bogey 7 at the16th in halves of 39. She did birdie the long sixth, ninth and 13th but there were uncharacteristic lapses from Bronte apart from the double and triple bogeys. She had bogeys at the fifth, seventh, eighth and 12th.
Jessica Carty, pictured below, from Rory McIlroy country- Holywood - near Belfast and a third-year student at Denver - had a 75, which included double bogey 6s at the first, fifth and 18th in halves of 38 and 37. She did birdie the fourth,
long sixth, 10th and 13th.
Team-mate Sophie Newlove, pictured below, a freshman fromNottingham, who has been doing well in her first year over in the States, lost her touch and maybe her confidence with an 82 (40-42), 

She had two double bogeys on the 

outward half and only three pars 

after the turn. Sophie is pictured below, right.

Alison Knowles (Mexborough, Yorkshire and Michigan State) is T58 with a 77. 
Lauren Kim (Stanford) leads the field with a 68 but is only one stroke ahead a clutch of five players, including Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford).