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Jabra Ladies Open

DATES: May 31 - June 02
SITE: Evian GC , Evian-Les-Bains, France
PRIZE MONEY: €120,000
Dual-ranking event with LET Access Series

Round 3 - Astrid Vayson de Pradenne wins Jabra Ladies Open

June 02, 2018

Astrid Vayson de Pradenne said it was the best day of her life after winning the Jabra Ladies Open at Evian Resort Golf Course in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The 32-year-old Frenchwoman defeated German Karolin Lampert with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par-4 18th, to earn a winner’s exemption to the Ladies European Tour and qualify for two Majors, the Ricoh Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.

Astrid Vayson de Pradenne wins Jabra Ladies Open

The Jabra Ladies Open was the first ‘Dual Ranking’ event on the Ladies European Tour and the LET Access Series and offered two qualification spots to The Evian. By finishing second, Lampert also sealed her place in the fifth Major in September.

It was just the second cut made by Vayson de Pradenne in a Ladies European Tour event, although she had twice finished as a runner-up on the LET Access Series, at the 2017 Castellum Open and 2016 Azores Open.

“I came here as an outsider because I have a very small career money,” she said. “I have some earnings from one tournament in 2014 on the Ladies European Tour. As an outsider and just being focused, making it to the end and winning a play-off with a birdie on the 18th hole with 100 or 200 people watching and a loud crowd, they will be very special memories for me.

“You try so hard for years and years and nothing really happens, being so close. Now this is real and I still feel like I’m dreaming. I’m like a bird and I’m not on the ground yet. I can’t believe I’m going to play in The Evian Championship and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at nearly 33 years old. I mean, come on! Anybody can try. You just have to persevere, no matter what some people say. You have to truly believe in your dreams and make it happen.”

Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom began the day with a two-stroke lead and Felicity Johnson took the advantage after four holes, but Vayson de Pradenne became the outright leader after nine and from there it became a duel down the stretch with Lampert.

The charismatic Frenchwoman, who only picked up golf at the age of 15 and reduced her handicap to scratch in two years, made a big birdie putt on the 17th green to get to seven-under-par and left her uphill birdie putt in the jaws on 18 in regulation play.

Lampert, playing in the next group, then missed putts wide of the hole on holes 17 and 18 to tie on seven-under and the pair returned to the 18th tee on a glorious day at the Evian Resort.

Vayson de Pradenne had the honour and the chance to pile on the pressure, but both players split the fairway before playing excellent approach shots into the green. After Lampert’s downhill putt again edged left of the hole, Vayson de Pradenne made her downhill putt from eight feet before falling to her knees and then being sprayed in champagne.

Explaining why she had unusually recruited caddie Eric Black on the back of the 15th green, she said: “I started the first 15 holes on my own. I’m a Christian, so I prayed a lot. It was over and over. It was almost becoming like a mantra, to keep the mind quiet. After 15, I saw Eric Black in the crowd and I said, ‘do you think you can join me for the last part of the day?’ and I’m just glad he said yes. It made a difference and without a good caddie by my side I probably wouldn’t have won today. I like the way things are just connected and Eric could have been having a pint, but he was there on that green. The little things worked well so I could win today.”

When asked how she would celebrate the win, the part-time physiotherapist explained: “I’m from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but I don’t tend to drink a lot of red wine, so I’ll probably drink some champagne and maybe some white as well.”

Sweden’s Cajsa Persson fired a final round of 64 to finish in third place on five-under-par, followed by Johnson in fourth place and rookie Cloe Frankish with Wikstrom in joint fifth.

The third Jabra Ladies Open was a huge success for European women’s golf and has whet the appetite for another gripping Evian Championship this year.

Pos.
Player Name
Par
Score
R1
R2
R3
1
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
-7
206
70
69
67
2
Karolin Lampert
-7
206
70
69
67
3
Cajsa Persson
-5
208
71
73
64

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Round 2 - Ursula Wikstrom takes 2-shot lead into final round

June 01, 2018

Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom fired opening rounds of 69 and 67 for a six-under-par total to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Jabra Ladies Open in France.

The 37-year-old from Espoo, who has recorded multiple-runner up finishes since joining the LET in 2004, is now in a prime position to capitalise and earn her first Ladies European Tour title at the Evian Resort Golf Club, along with one of the two spots available in The Evian Championship.

Ursula Wikstrom takes 2-shot lead into final round, © Getty Images

Reflecting on her second round, she said: “It was solid, but I only made birdies on the par fives. I didn’t make any mistakes either, so it was pretty easy. It was just tick, tick, tick and keep going. Just to play in a Major, with the best players, would be great.”

The timing couldn’t be better, as she will defend the EVLI Finnish Open, which her husband, Mika, is running on the LET Access Series next week.

Of her five runner-up finishes over the last decade, the most recent came in the 2015 Deloitte Ladies Open, although she posted a tie for sixth in this year’s Investec SA Women’s Open and her hard work may be about to pay off.

Wikstrom’s closest challengers, however, include multiple LET winners Felicity Johnson from England and Marianne Skarpnord from Norway and rising British star Annabel Dimmock.

Johnson, whose wins include the 2009 Tenerife Ladies Open and the 2011 Lacoste Ladies Open de France, hasn’t played in The Evian Championship on the remodelled golf course. However, she did play in the Evian Masters in 2010 and 2012.

“Last time I was here I met Hugh Grant, which was memorable! If you’ve watched him in the films, that’s how he seemed in real life and I’m a big fan, even if he is a Fulham fan. I don’t like them after last weekend,” said the fervent Aston Villa supporter.

“I played in the football match here last time, so it would be good to be a part of that in September. I went on the pitch and kicked the ball a couple of times. I’ve got the kit at home still. Zidane was there and David Ginola as well. I was a big fan of seeing him, as he used to play for Villa, so I had a little chat with him about his time at Villa and it’s always exciting to meet some footballers.”

Skarpnord, whose LET titles include the 2009 Swiss and Italian Opens and the 2013 South African Women’s Open, has played at Evian three times, but not since the inaugural Evian Championship in 2013.

She feels that some early morning practice is required ahead of the final round on Saturday and said: “There was a lot of good and bad. It was an up and down day, either really good or really bad. I hit a lot of good shots and had a few two or three metre putts for birdie that I made. Just an example, on number four, I hit a shot onto the next hole’s tee. I putted pretty well and managed to make the birdie chances that I had.”

A stroke further back are Germany’s Karolin Lampert, Christine Wolf from Austria and Frenchwoman Astrid Vayson de Pradenne on three-under-par, ahead of Finn Noora Tamminen, South African Nicole Garcia and Scotland’s Jane Turner. Sweden’s Sofia Ljungvist, England’s Cloe Frankish and Spain’s Elia Folch are on one-under-par and all looking for a debut in The Evian Championship in September.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-6
69
67
136
2
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-4
72
66
138
2
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-4
71
67
138
2
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-4
70
68
138
5
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-3
72
67
139
5
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-3
70
69
139
5
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-3
70
69
139
8
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
-2
71
69
140
8
Nicole Garcia (RSA)
-2
73
67
140
8
Jane Turner (SCO)
-2
70
70
140
11
Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE)
-1
68
73
141
11
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
-1
72
69
141
11
Elia Folch (ESP)
-1
69
72
141

Round 1 - Ana Menendez leading as play suspended in Evian

May 31, 2018

Ana Menendez of Mexico held the lead on four-under-par at the Jabra Ladies Open when a storm forced round one play to be suspended overnight.

Menendez had completed 12 holes at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, before the skies overhead filled with heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Ana Menendez leading as play suspended in Evian

She leads by one over Switzerland’s Valeria Martinoli, who was in the clubhouse on 68, with Camille Chevalier from France and Iceland’s Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir on three-under-par after 15 and 12 holes respectively.

There are five players in the clubhouse on two-under 69, including Frenchwomen Valentine Derrey and Ariane Provot, Spain’s Elia Folch, Belgian Fanny Cnops and Moroccan Maha Haddioui, with England’s Lauren Taylor and Italian Stefania Avanzo also on that number and still on the course.

The first round will resume at 7.30am local time on Friday, before the second round gets under way at 8.30. After 36 holes, there will be a cut to the leading 50 professionals and ties, who will play the final round on Saturday.

The Jabra Ladies Open is the first ‘dual ranking’ event on the Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series and doubles as the European qualifier for The Evian Championship, with two spots available into the fifth Major of 2018.

Menendez, who earned a career-best finish of second at last year’s Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya, is looking for her first title and a debut appearance in The Evian.

Starting her round from the 15th hole, she picked up four birdies at the par-3 second, par-4 third, par-four sixth and par-five seventh holes, before play was suspended.

Her closest challenger, Martinoli, 26, from Ascona Golf Club near Ticino, started from the sixth and had five birdies in her round, but dropped a shot on 14 and then closed with a three-putt bogey on the fifth green.

The fourth-year professional, who has her father, Luca, as her caddie, said: “I’m pretty happy with my long game, which was solid. My putting was also good and I holed some good putts, but I could have holed more.”

Earlier in the day, Derrey, who won the 2016 Jabra Ladies Open before it became the official Evian qualifier, set the target. She would love to make a second appearance in The Evian Championship, having qualified courtesy of her maiden Ladies European Tour victory in the 2014 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.

The 30-year-old from Paris said: “It’s a course I like and a place I like to come to. I felt good and it’s a course where you have to be strategic and place your ball to have the best shot into the green. I hit the ball very well consistently and I hit it close to the pins and made a couple of putts.”

Folch, Cnops and Haddioui are all looking to make their debut appearance in The Evian Championship and Cnops, 27, from Gent, said: “It’s something that’s on your bucket list and now it’s an opportunity to actually make it, so it would mean a lot. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on the result and just feeling good around the course and taking in the experience.”

Folch, 27, from Barcelona, added: “There is still a lot of work to do but it would be amazing to qualify: a dream come true.”

The winner of the Jabra Ladies Open will also secure their place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

Pos
Player Name
To Par
R1 Thru
1
Ana Menendez (MEX)
-4
12
2
Valeria Martinoli (SUI)
-3
F
2
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
-3
12
2
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
-3
9
5
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
-2
F
5
Elia Folch (ESP)
-2
F
5
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
-2
F
5
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-2
F
5
Ariane Provot (FRA)
-2
F
5
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
-2
9
5
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
-2
6

Scores

Pos.
Player Name
Winnings
Par
Score
R1
R2
R3
1
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
19,200.00
-7
206
70
69
67
2
Karolin Lampert
12,515.00
-7
206
70
69
67
3
Cajsa Persson
8,435.00
-5
208
71
73
64
4
Felicity Johnson
4,355.00
-4
209
72
66
71
5
Cloe Frankish
3,479.00
-3
210
72
69
69
5
Ursula Wikstrom
3,479.00
-3
210
69
67
74
7
Nina Pegova
2,903.00
-2
211
75
69
67
7
Elia Folch
2,903.00
-2
211
69
72
70
7
Christine Wolf
2,903.00
-2
211
72
67
72
10
Ana Menendez
2,351.00
-1
212
69
76
67
10
Isabelle Boineau
2,351.00
-1
212
71
71
70
10
Noemi Jimenez Martin
2,351.00
-1
212
70
72
70
10
Agathe Laisne (a)
Amateur
-1
212
72
70
70
10
Jane Turner
2,351.00
-1
212
70
70
72
15
Sarah Nilsson
1,995.80
Par
213
72
73
68
15
Trish Johnson
1,995.80
Par
213
73
72
68
15
Emma Nilsson
1,995.80
Par
213
72
70
71
15
Sofia Ljungqvist
1,995.80
Par
213
68
73
72
15
Noora Komulainen
1,995.80
Par
213
71
69
73
20
Rebecca Artis
1,847.00
1
214
73
71
70
21
Gabriella Cowley
1,755.00
2
215
71
73
71
21
Johanna Gustavsson
1,755.00
2
215
70
73
72
21
Marianne Skarpnord
1,755.00
2
215
70
68
77
24
Lynn Carlsson
1,655.00
3
216
73
72
71
24
Annabel Dimmock
1,655.00
3
216
71
67
78
26
Sideri Vanova
1,519.00
4
217
75
71
71
26
Laura Sedda
1,519.00
4
217
72
73
72
26
Whitney Hillier
1,519.00
4
217
75
70
72
26
Inci Mehmet
1,519.00
4
217
72
70
75
26
Camille Chevalier
1,519.00
4
217
68
74
75
31
Jessica Karlsson
1,310.40
5
218
74
73
71
31
Florentyna Parker
1,310.40
5
218
74
72
72
31
Ines Lescudier
1,310.40
5
218
71
73
74
31
Laura Fuenfstueck
1,310.40
5
218
72
71
75
31
Stefania Avanzo
1,310.40
5
218
69
74
75
36
Maha Haddioui
1,058.40
6
219
69
78
72
36
Lauren Taylor
1,058.40
6
219
72
74
73
36
Kelsey Macdonald
1,058.40
6
219
75
70
74
36
Sanna Nuutinen
1,058.40
6
219
71
73
75
36
Nicole Garcia
1,058.40
6
219
73
67
79
41
Vikki Laing
852
7
220
72
75
73
41
Valeria Martinoli
852
7
220
68
74
78
43
Julie Aime
760
8
221
74
73
74
43
Silvia Banon
760
8
221
72
73
76
43
Elina Nummenpaa
760
8
221
72
72
77
46
Daisy Nielsen
696
9
222
73
74
75
46
Emma Goddard
696
9
222
72
74
76
46
Valentine Derrey
696
9
222
69
74
79
49
Natalia Escuriola Martinez
612
10
223
75
72
76
49
Celine Borge
612
10
223
74
72
77
49
Nuria Iturrios
612
10
223
74
72
77
49
Carmen Alonso
612
10
223
72
73
78
53
Marita Engzelius
540
11
224
76
71
77
53
Linda Wessberg
540
11
224
74
73
77
55
Nina Muehl
504
12
225
77
69
79
56
Anastasia Mickan
480
15
228
74
73
81
CUT
57
Manon Molle
6
148
76
72
57
Amy Walsh
6
148
76
72
57
Marie Fourquier
6
148
76
72
57
Lydia Hall
6
148
74
74
57
Lina Boqvist
6
148
71
77
57
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
6
148
78
70
57
Katja Pogacar
6
148
72
76
57
Emie Peronnin
6
148
73
75
57
Holly Clyburn
6
148
73
75
57
Agathe Sauzon
6
148
70
78
67
Ariane Provot
7
149
69
80
67
Julia Engstrom
7
149
74
75
67
Michele Thomson
7
149
74
75
67
Melanie Maetzler
7
149
74
75
67
Vani Kapoor
7
149
74
75
67
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir
7
149
70
79
67
Frida Gustafsson Spang
7
149
77
72
67
Stina Resen
7
149
75
74
67
Charlotte Thompson
7
149
75
74
67
Natasha Fear
7
149
75
74
67
Maria Palacios
7
149
75
74
67
Charlotte Liautier
7
149
74
75
79
Tiia Koivisto
8
150
77
73
79
Sophie Giquel-Bettan
8
150
77
73
79
Linda Henriksson
8
150
75
75
79
Amy Boulden
8
150
79
71
79
Eleanor Givens
8
150
76
74
79
Fanny Cnops
8
150
69
81
79
Maria Beautell
8
150
77
73
86
Manon De Roey
9
151
77
74
86
Rosie Davies
9
151
74
77
86
Mathilde Claisse
9
151
72
79
86
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso
9
151
75
76
86
Anais Meyssonnier
9
151
77
74
86
Eun-Jung Ji
9
151
76
75
86
Emilie Piquot
9
151
74
77
86
Sharmila Nicollet
9
151
75
76
94
Becky Brewerton
10
152
77
75
94
Isabella Ramsay
10
152
77
75
94
Mathilda Cappeliez
10
152
77
75
94
Caroline Rominger
10
152
78
74
94
Mireia Prat
10
152
79
73
94
Chloe Leurquin
10
152
73
79
94
Lucie Andre
10
152
74
78
94
Viva Schlasberg
10
152
78
74
94
Gemma Clews
10
152
75
77
103
Georgia Oboh (a)
Amateur
11
153
80
73
103
Laura Murray
11
153
74
79
103
Elisabeth Codet
11
153
77
76
103
Johanna Bjork
11
153
72
81
103
Caroline Martens
11
153
74
79
103
Ainil Bakar
11
153
78
75
109
Hannah Burke
12
154
77
77
109
Clara Pietri
12
154
72
82
109
Piti Martinez Bernal
12
154
76
78
109
Luiza Altmann
12
154
77
77
113
Leena Makkonen
13
155
76
79
113
Nobuhle Dlamini
13
155
81
74
113
Lilas Pinthier
13
155
80
75
113
Emilie Alonso
13
155
78
77
117
Chloe Williams
14
156
79
77
117
Gala Dumez
14
156
77
79
117
Kylie Henry
14
156
76
80
120
Marion Benzekri
15
157
79
78
120
Charlotte Bunel
15
157
80
77
120
Kiran Matharu
15
157
82
75
120
Manon Gidali
15
157
79
78
124
Laura Sanchez Zuluaga
16
158
78
80
124
Camilla Hedberg
16
158
79
79
126
Jenna Maihaniemi
17
159
72
87
126
Nadine Dreher
17
159
83
76
126
Carly Booth
17
159
80
79
126
Krista Bakker
17
159
81
78
130
Anne-Lise Caudal
19
161
81
80
131
Georgia Coughlin
22
164
82
82
132
Paige Stubbs
26
168
76
92

 

 




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