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Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino

Round 4 - Azahara Muñoz retains Open de España Femenino

September 24, 2017
Azahara Muñoz, Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino 2017

Local player Azahara Muñoz delighted the galleries as she retained her title at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino at her home club Real Club de Golf Guadalmina in Spain on Sunday.

The 29-year-old from the nearby village of San Pedro Alcantara, who had been winning tournaments at the club since the age of nine, carded rounds of 68-64-67 and 69 to finish two strokes clear of Carlota Ciganda and Lee-Anne Pace and win on a total of 19-under-par, with former Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez watching on.

She said afterwards: “I couldn’t be any happier, defending my title on my home course and where I grew up. It’s been an amazing week and all the fans were here supporting me, so I’m happy I did it for them. I’ve been playing so well all week and today I didn’t play my best, especially on the back nine, but shooting an eight-under always helps. Today on the back nine, I made some amazing up and downs, so that was definitely the key.”

Muñoz began the final round tied for the lead with Ciganda and bogeyed the third hole, but quickly gained the outright lead when Ciganda double bogeyed the fourth. The home favourite then made three straight birdies from the fifth to gain a four-stroke lead, before carding a second bogey at the 12th. She recovered a stroke at the long 14th, making a birdie putt of 30-feet and then made a final birdie on the par-5 17th.

The big move of the day came from the 2013 champion Pace, who eagled the last for a 67, before Ciganda also eagled the hole for a 71 and a share of second.

Georgia Hall slipped back into fourth place after two bogeys early in the round but she recovered with an eagle on the seventh and a birdie on the eighth. Another pair of bogeys on the 12th and 14th were followed by four birdies in her last five holes for a round of 69.

Hall said: “I had quite a poor weekend really and didn’t play that well, but fourth’s fourth. I wanted to try and win this week really and I putted quite well but I was in between clubs here and there. My putting has been good this week apart from yesterday but my pitching has been my weakness, so I’ll work on that for the next event.”

The conditions were fantastic all week with blue skies, sunshine and a slight breath of wind, but nothing to trouble the players.

At the beginning of the week, Muñoz had promised to jump into the club’s pool if she won and she duly delivered, bombing into the pool after the prize giving ceremony.

Another Spanish player, Natalia Escuriola Martinez, ended in fifth position, followed by Meghan MacLaren in sixth. Suzann Pettersen, who has just overcome a back injury, tied for seventh position with Justine Dreher, Nicole Garcia, Camilla Lennarth and rising star Frida Kinhult.

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Azahara MUNOZ 69 64 67 69 -19 269 € 45,000.00
T2 Lee-Anne PACE 66 68 70 67 -17 271 € 22,500.00
T2 Carlota CIGANDA 66 67 67 71 -17 271 € 22,500.00

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Round 3 - Muñoz and Ciganda tied for lead

September 23, 2017
Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda of Spain during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz thrilled the Spanish galleries as they fired matching third rounds of 67 to share the lead heading into the final round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino at Club de Golf Guadalmina.

The former Solheim Cup partners started the day one stroke behind rising English star Georgia Hall, who was two strokes clear when she was unsettled by a double-bogey on the par-3 fifth hole, but they ended the day at 16-under-par and three strokes clear of Hall (71).

Although Hall was one clear after 10 holes, the Spanish duo rallied with five-under-par back nine totals, including three birdies to finish from Ciganda and an eagle on the last from Muñoz, the defending champion.

Ciganda said afterwards: “I started with a bogey on the first hole but I told myself to stay patient today. I know I can make birdies here, so just relax and try to hit fairways and greens. I had a birdie on nine and then I saw the tee was up on 12, so I made two good birdies on 11 and 12 and had three birdies to finish, so I’m very happy and excited for tomorrow. It’s great because lots of people were watching and I really enjoy playing here in Spain with Aza and lots of friends, family and kids. I think it’s really good for golf.”

Both Ciganda, (pictured above), and Muñoz benefited from the support of the large and vociferous galleries but Muñoz also has the added advantage of playing at her home club.

She said after her round: “It was really fun going back and forth making birdies with Carlota. Finishing with an eagle at the end definitely puts a smile on my face and dinner is going to taste much tastier.”

Hall, who carded a 71, looked disappointed after letting several birdie putts slip past the hole, but she will remain in contention for her first win on Tour.

South African Lee-Anne Pace, the 2013 tournament champion, is a stroke further behind in fourth position, followed by Swedes Camilla Lennarth and Frida Kinhult and Natalia Escuriola Martinez in joint fifth.

Lennarth, (pictured below), who has just returned from injury, had a 66, which was the best round of the day, while Kinhult, who will turn 18 is two days’ time, is the only amateur in the field.

The 17-year-old from Skaftö, which is a small island on the west coast of Sweden just north of Gothenburg, has played in three LET Access Series tournaments this year and was a member of the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team last month. The younger sister of professional golfer Markus Kinhult, a member of the men’s European Tour, she received an invitation to play in the tournament after winning the Spanish Amateur Ladies International Championship in March.

Meghan MacLaren, (below), who won the Azores Ladies Open on the LET Access Series this year, sits in eighth position, while Olivia Cowan, Diana Luna and Ursula Wikstrom are tied for ninth.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Azahara MUNOZ
-16
69
64
67
200
1
Carlota CIGANDA
-16
66
67
67
200
3
Georgia HALL
-13
65
67
71
203
4
Lee-Anne PACE
-12
66
68
70
204
5
Frida KINHULT (AM)
-10
69
70
67
206
5
Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ
-10
65
73
68
206
5
Camilla LENNARTH
-10
69
71
66
206
8
Meghan MACLAREN
-9
69
68
70
207
9
Ursula WIKSTROM
-8
70
67
71
208
9
Diana LUNA
-8
65
73
70
208
9
Olivia COWAN
-8
69
70
69
208

Round 2 - Hall takes one-shot lead into weekend

September 22, 2017
Georgia Hall of England during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Georgia Hall fired a second round of 67 to take a one stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino ahead of Carlota Ciganda and home-town heroine Azahara Muñoz, who equalled the course record with a 64.

Hall started at the 10th and birdied the 11th and 13th holes to establish a two-stroke lead at nine-under-par in hot and sunny conditions at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina. She then birdied the 17th and took a three-stroke lead through the turn.

After further birdies at the fifth and seventh, Hall ended the day on 12-under-par and she said afterwards: “I hit the ball better today, I just didn’t hit it close enough to the pin with my approach shots. It’s always good to have a bogey-free round and it got a bit windy on the back nine, so I’m happy with today’s score.

“The pins were not much harder, so you could attack them, but I putted well again today. Aza played great today. She holed some really good putts and shot eight-under, so she’s one behind me. It was great playing with her and the weather is great, so I enjoyed it.”

The defending champion Muñoz, who last year became the first Spanish player to win the title since its inauguration in 1982, said that her flawless 64 was her best round on the South Course at her home club.

She had two birdies on the back nine before firing another six on the front, including five in a row from the third to the seventh holes. She said: “I haven’t played many tournaments on the South Course, because most tournaments used to be played on the North, but I actually only remember an eight-under on the North Course, so it’s definitely my best round by far on the South. I kept being patient. I’ve been playing really well both days and yesterday I couldn’t make putts. I was hitting good putts but touching the edges. Today it was a combination of hitting it close and making some nice 15-footers. I’m feeling comfortable and playing well, but right now, I just want to enjoy the moment. Tomorrow is a new day.”

Ciganda joined her former Solheim Cup partner on 11-under after posting a 67, containing three birdies and an eagle on the long seventh.

She said: “I didn’t really think about the scores too much out there. I was just trying to play my game and play the plan. I’m happy with my score: no bogeys, three birdies and one eagle. I’m happy with 11-under going into the weekend and excited about tomorrow.

“I think it’s going to be fun, playing with Aza here. I’m sure there will be lots of people here tomorrow: her whole town, family, everybody will be here. It’s really good that we have two Spanish people up there and Georgia is a great player. She has lots of confidence after The Solheim Cup so I’m happy for her and hopefully we can make more birdies tomorrow.”

LAPLee-Anne Pace of South Africa is a stroke further behind in fourth place after recovering from an early double-bogey on the 12th with seven birdies and a bogey for a round of 68. The 2013 champion said: “I played really well today and yesterday. I started really badly and had a double on three, just from nowhere. I think I was still asleep. After that, I settled down and hit quite a few shots really close. I think the back nine has some par fives that are accessible but on the front nine I said to myself, let’s get to three-under, and I did it. There are some strong players here. It’s nice that everyone comes back to support the Tour and it will be a good weekend.”

Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey sits in fifth spot while Ursula Wikstrom and LET rookie Meghan MacLaren are tied for sixth. Diana Luna and Natalia Escuriola Martinez, who held a share of the lead after the first round, both had rounds of 73 to sit on six-under-par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Georgia HALL
-12
65
67
132
T2
Azahara MUNOZ
-11
69
64
133
T2
Carlota CIGANDA
-11
66
67
133
4
Lee-Anne PACE
-10
66
68
134
5
Valentine DERREY
-8
68
68
136
T6
Ursula WIKSTROM
-7
70
67
137
T6
Meghan MACLAREN
-7
69
68
137
T8
Diana LUNA
-6
65
73
138
T8
Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ
-6
65
73
138

Round 1 - Trio share lead in Spain

September 21, 2017
Georgia Hall of England during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones.

England’s Georgia Hall came home with five birdies and an eagle to fire a seven-under-par 65 and take the joint lead in the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina on Thursday.

The Solheim Cup player had a lack lustre opening nine of level par, containing two birdies and two bogeys, but blitzed the back nine to share the lead with Natalia Escuriola Martinez of Spain and Italian Diana Luna.

“I don’t even know what I was doing on the front nine, to be honest. My head was not there and my golf was not there at all. I did well to make the turn in level par, because I had some horrendous shots in there,” said the 21-year-old from Wimborne, who tied for 10th place in last week’s Evian Championship and is looking for her first win on Tour. “I pulled a couple on the first two or three holes about 15 yards left, which kind of got my head a bit frazzled. On the back nine I thought, right, I’m going to get five birdies here to get to five-under. Then I managed to have a good eagle on the last.

“On the par-5 18th, I hit driver and it makes it a bit easier when you only have 155 yards to the pin. I hit 6-iron to four or five feet and managed to hole it, so that definitely put me in a much better position.”

Escuriola Martinez played steadily with eight birdies and one dropped shot during her round. The 23-year-old from Castellón won the Santander Tour’s Spanish Championship at the Guadalmina course 14 months ago.
After signing for a 65, she said: “Today I felt really good and played easy shots, so I think that was the key. I felt relaxed today and I’m playing in Spain. I love this course because I won a tournament here last year.”

Luna, a five-time winner on tour, had a flawless round with seven birdies. She said afterwards: “I’m very pleased. I had some very good up and downs towards the end of the round and I was getting a little bit tired, so my long game was going a bit downhill.”

Suzann Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda and the 2013 tournament champion Lee-Anne Pace are one back in joint fourth place after rounds of 66.

Pettersen has recovered from the back injury which led to her withdrawing from The Solheim Cup last month. She said:

“I feel pretty good and it’s nice to be back. Last week was the first after a five-week break, so not the easiest of comebacks on a tough course. I played pain free last week and I feel great, so no hesitations and I can kind of do whatever I want, so I’m happy to be back.

“I’ll take six-under any day, but I mean, it’s perfect out here. I had a good group, played fast and you have to try and take advantage of some of the par fives out here. If you hit it good, you’ll have some good looks and I rolled the ball pretty well.”

Ciganda also stands at six-under and said: “My putting was good today and I made eight birdies, with four birdies on the par fives. I like the course and it’s nice to play back in Europe. I have my family and friends here supporting and it’s always nice to play in front of them.

“I was trying to hit fairways and greens and make a few putts. The par-5s are reachable, so if you have a good day with the putter you can make a lot of birdies. There are a few narrow holes where you have to be on the fairway, but today was good. The greens were rolling really well.”

French duo Marion Ricordeau and Celine Herbin share seventh on five-under-par, with joint ninth place occupied by England’s Gabriella Cowley, Valentine Derrey of France and Lydia Hall from Wales.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ
-7
65
T1
Georgia HALL
-7
65
T1
Diana LUNA
-7
65
T4
Carlota CIGANDA
-6
66
T4
Suzann PETTERSEN
-6
66
T4
Lee-Anne PACE
-6
66
T7
Marion RICORDEAU
-5
67
T7
Celine HERBIN
-5
67
T9
Lydia HALL
-4
68
T9
Valentine DERREY
-4
68
T9
Gabriella COWLEY
-4
68

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Azahara MUNOZ 69 64 67 69 -19 269 € 45,000.00
T2 Lee-Anne PACE 66 68 70 67 -17 271 € 22,500.00
T2 Carlota CIGANDA 66 67 67 71 -17 271 € 22,500.00
4 Georgia HALL 65 67 71 69 -16 272 € 13,500.00
5 Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ 65 73 68 69 -13 275 € 10,800.00
6 Meghan MACLAREN 69 68 70 71 -10 278 € 9,300.00
T7 Justine DREHER 70 71 71 68 -8 280 € 7,500.00
T7 Suzann PETTERSEN 66 73 72 69 -8 280 € 7,500.00
T7 Nicole GARCIA 72 72 67 69 -8 280 € 7,500.00
T7 Frida KINHULT 69 70 67 74 -8 280 N/A
T7 Camilla LENNARTH 69 71 66 74 -8 280 € 7,500.00
T12 Luna SOBRON 71 73 72 65 -7 281 € 6,000.00
T12 Isi GABSA 69 70 72 70 -7 281 € 6,000.00
T12 Pamela PRETSWELL ASHER 69 70 70 72 -7 281 € 6,000.00
T12 Ursula WIKSTROM 70 67 71 73 -7 281 € 6,000.00
T12 Olivia COWAN 69 70 69 73 -7 281 € 6,000.00
T17 Cathryn BRISTOW 75 69 70 68 -6 282 € 4,875.00
T17 Lydia HALL 68 71 74 69 -6 282 € 4,875.00
T17 Florentyna PARKER 72 70 71 69 -6 282 € 4,875.00
T17 Supamas SANGCHAN 75 64 73 70 -6 282 € 4,875.00
T21 Noemi JIMENEZ MARTIN 69 72 72 70 -5 283 € 4,350.00
T21 Anne VAN DAM 69 70 71 73 -5 283 € 4,350.00
T21 Agathe SAUZON 74 69 67 73 -5 283 € 4,350.00
T24 Carly BOOTH 71 71 72 70 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T24 Johanna GUSTAVSSON 75 68 71 70 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T24 Marion RICORDEAU 67 72 74 71 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T24 Sarah SCHOBER 70 72 71 71 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T24 Cajsa PERSSON 70 73 70 71 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T24 Elina NUMMENPAA 72 71 67 74 -4 284 € 3,615.00
T30 Klara SPILKOVA 70 75 73 67 -3 285 € 2,880.00
T30 Camille CHEVALIER 72 70 74 69 -3 285 € 2,880.00
T30 Gabriella COWLEY 68 71 73 73 -3 285 € 2,880.00
T30 Ana MENENDEZ 71 72 69 73 -3 285 € 2,880.00
T30 Diana LUNA 65 73 70 77 -3 285 € 2,880.00
T35 Lauren TAYLOR 75 70 73 68 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T35 Karolin LAMPERT 71 74 73 68 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T35 Gemma DRYBURGH 71 73 73 69 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T35 Emma NILSSON 73 72 71 70 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T35 Kelsey MACDONALD 71 74 70 71 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T35 Isabella RAMSAY 69 71 71 75 -2 286 € 2,385.00
T41 Felicity JOHNSON 70 70 75 72 -1 287 € 1,960.00
T41 Andrea WONG 70 71 73 73 -1 287 € 1,960.00
T41 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 73 69 72 73 -1 287 € 1,960.00
T44 Lynn CARLSSON 71 73 75 69 E 288 € 1,650.00
T44 Vikki LAING 71 72 73 72 E 288 € 1,650.00
T44 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 72 72 72 72 E 288 € 1,650.00
T44 Isabelle BOINEAU 72 73 71 72 E 288 € 1,650.00
T44 Chloe LEURQUIN 70 70 74 74 E 288 € 1,650.00
T44 Nuria ITURRIOS 71 70 73 74 E 288 € 1,650.00
T50 Ines LESCUDIER 74 71 72 72 1 289 € 1,350.00
T50 Jessica KARLSSON 70 73 73 73 1 289 € 1,350.00
T50 Marianne SKARPNORD 69 71 73 76 1 289 € 1,350.00
T50 Marta SANZ BARRIO 69 72 72 76 1 289 € 1,350.00
T54 Veronica ZORZI 72 73 75 70 2 290 € 1,065.00
T54 Leticia RAS-ANDERICA 70 72 76 72 2 290 € 1,065.00
T54 Anais MAGGETTI 71 69 75 75 2 290 € 1,065.00
T54 Lina BOQVIST 70 75 69 76 2 290 € 1,065.00
T54 Madelene STAVNAR 76 68 69 77 2 290 € 1,065.00
T54 Valentine DERREY 68 68 76 78 2 290 € 1,065.00
T60 Annabel DIMMOCK 76 69 72 74 3 291 € 900.00
T60 Krista BAKKER 70 72 74 75 3 291 € 900.00
T60 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 69 73 73 76 3 291 € 900.00
T63 Laura JANSONE 71 74 72 75 4 292 € 825.00
T63 Linda WESSBERG 70 75 69 78 4 292 € 825.00
T65 Louise LARSSON 73 70 79 71 5 293 € 765.00
T65 Elia FOLCH 72 72 72 77 5 293 € 765.00
67 Stefania AVANZO 72 71 73 78 6 294 € 720.00
68 Sanna NUUTINEN 72 70 75 78 7 295 € 690.00
69 Tonje DAFFINRUD 75 68 74 80 9 297 € 660.00
70 Maria BEAUTELL 76 69 77 78 12 300 € 630.00
CUT
T71 Ariane PROVOT 73 73 2 146
T71 Celina YUAN 73 73 2 146
T71 Jade SCHAEFFER-CALMELS 75 71 2 146
T71 Eleanor GIVENS 72 74 2 146
T71 Frida GUSTAFSSON SPANG 75 71 2 146
T71 Eva GILLY 74 72 2 146
T71 Michele THOMSON 70 76 2 146
T71 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 72 74 2 146
T71 Camilla HEDBERG 77 69 2 146
T71 Vani KAPOOR 72 74 2 146
T71 Carmen ALONSO 72 74 2 146
T71 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 74 72 2 146
T83 Celine HERBIN 67 80 3 147
T83 Margherita RIGON 74 73 3 147
T83 Lauren HORSFORD 76 71 3 147
T83 Kylie HENRY 77 70 3 147
T83 Jenny HAGLUND 72 75 3 147
T83 Hannah BURKE 73 74 3 147
T83 Liz YOUNG 71 76 3 147
T83 Piti MARTINEZ BERNAL 73 74 3 147
T83 Neha TRIPATHI 75 72 3 147
T92 Valdis Thora JONSDOTTIR 78 70 4 148
T92 Maria Palacios SIEGENTHALER 74 74 4 148
T92 Christine WOLF 75 73 4 148
T92 Lucrezia COLOMBOTTO ROSSO 76 72 4 148
T92 Oona VARTIAINEN 74 74 4 148
T92 Silvia BANON 74 74 4 148
T92 Nina MUEHL 72 76 4 148
T92 Francesca CUTURI 74 74 4 148
T92 Fatima FERNANDEZ CANO 74 74 4 148
T92 Minea BLOMQVIST 75 73 4 148
T102 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 75 74 5 149
T102 Connie CHEN 72 77 5 149
T102 Jessica BRADLEY 71 78 5 149
T102 Kiran MATHARU 73 76 5 149
T106 Trish JOHNSON 73 77 6 150
T106 Inci MEHMET 76 74 6 150
T106 Noora TAMMINEN 76 74 6 150
T106 Nina PEGOVA 77 73 6 150
T106 Mireia PRAT 76 74 6 150
T106 Ainil BAKAR 76 74 6 150
T106 Laura CABANILLAS 73 77 6 150
T113 Rosie DAVIES 76 75 7 151
T113 Emma GODDARD 75 76 7 151
115 Sophie WALKER 75 77 8 152
T116 Victoria LOVELADY 76 77 9 153
T116 Charlotte THOMPSON 76 77 9 153
T116 Amandeep DRALL 77 76 9 153
T116 Maria PARRA 77 76 9 153
120 Fabienne IN-ALBON 77 78 11 155
121 Elizabeth MALLETT 77 79 12 156
122 Maha HADDIOUI 79 78 13 157
123 Alexandra BONETTI 83 75 14 158
124 Melanie MAETZLER 81 78 15 159
125 Emilie ALONSO 81 79 16 160
Withdrawn Players
Marta SILVA ZAMORA 72 71 77 E € 600.00

Preview

DATES: September 21-24
SITE: Club de Golf Guadalmina, Marbella
PRIZE MONEY: €300,000
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