Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino R2

Karolin Lampert takes Spanish lead

November 28 – December 01
Aloha Golf Club, Marbella, Andalusia
€300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Karolin Lampert carded a second successive 68 to climb to the top of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España leaderboard early on Friday – before Christina Kim lit up the course with a brilliant hole in one.

Open España Femenino R2 - Lampert takes lead in Spain
Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Lampert, from Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany, enjoyed a fine day at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, ending on eight under par and one stroke ahead of four other players.

Aditi Ashok, Marianne Skarpnord, Anne Van Dam and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, whose 66 was the low round of the day, are tied for second, with Olivia Cowan, Cheyenne Woods and Christina Kim a stroke further behind.

Kim went to the turn in 39, but picked up five shots in her last four holes, ending birdie, birdie, hole in one, birdie, to come back in 32 in a ‘whirlwind finish.’


The American professional golfer, who is known for her outgoing personality, flamboyant dress and animated style of play, said: “It was a good way to end a round, because it was stressful… way more than it needed to be!”

She added: “I was playing wifi golf, you know, driver going right, driver going left, everything going everywhere except for in the bottom of the hole. I just kept telling myself to keep digging, you can do this, make a bunch of birdies on this golf course. Nine holes passed and I thought that was where I wanted to collect most of my birdies and then play defensively on the back nine, but that wasn’t a viable option anymore.”

Kim birdied holes 15 and 16, but the crowd went wild as she used a 4-hybrid to ace the 17th.

“Aces always feel great! The last hole in one I made in a tournament was in a Ladies European Tour event, in the Ladies European Masters at the Buckinghamshire, in 2013. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see this one go in, it was 180 yards away and the way that the light was hitting us, we couldn’t exactly tell that it went in. People were clapping and cheering but it was a tentative high five with Aza Muñoz and Anne Van Dam. It was a relief not to have to putt for one hole!”


There was another celebration on the 18th, where she sank a super birdie putt and then fell to her knees, raising her putter to the sky. She said afterwards: “On the 18th, I thought: I’ve got one more shot in me. I hit a good approach shot, flirting with the bunker on the left of the flag and luckily it was good and ended up being a three and not a five. The fact that it went in felt really rewarding and I’m amped for the next two days.”

Lampert’s round was equally impressive. She started with three birdies in a row from the 10th, followed by bogeys on the 14th and 16th for a back-nine total of one under par 35, but made another run of three consecutive birdies from the first. Her third bogey, on the sixth, was countered by a birdie two on the eighth hole.

Lampert, who won the 2015 Azores Ladies Open on the LET Access Series, before missing the cut in the 2016 Spanish Open at Aloha Golf Club, has a secret weapon this week: Sophie Gustafson, one of the greatest European players in history, who is acting as her caddie for the first time.

Beth Allen claimed her maiden victory in the 2015 Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire when Gustafson debuted as her caddie and Lampert is hoping for a similar effect, having come agonisingly close several times.

Open España Femenino R2 - Lampert takes lead in Spain
Sophie Gustafson & Karolin Lampert. Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

“I really wanted to try to have a great caddie by my side and see if it helps me. I’m not used to having a caddie by my side, so it definitely helps having Sophie, especially with the pin positions and she is trying to keep me calm, which is great,” Lampert said.

“I was hitting it where she told me to hit it. I didn’t miss a lot of shots, especially with my irons. I played a lot better. I was in good positions off the tee and hit a lot of fairways.”

Three-time LET winner Ashok is returning fresh from a six week break at home in Bangalore and she said that she was eager to get back out on tour.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Spain and I have good memories from playing here at Aloha three years back,” Ashok said, after her 67.

However Skarpnord, who could close out the order of merit with a win this week, if Esther Henseleit finishes worse than second, was unimpressed with her 71. She said: “I hit my driver okay today, but my irons and putting were absolutely rubbish.”

Regarding the blisters which were an issue and led to her limping through the first round, she added: “The feet were better today. Our physio Philippa (Stewart) has done a very good job.”

Cowan’s otherwise flawless scorecard (73) was blemished by a triple bogey on the par-4 12th.


She said: “I played really well again today except for on my third hole, where I holed out yesterday. I hit it over the bunker and in the rough. I thought it would be alright but there was a bit of mud on it. I don’t know what happened and I’ve never seen that in my entire life, but sadly that led to a triple bogey. Otherwise I was fighting back and it went well.”

Woods was content with a ‘solid’ 70. She said: “This course suits me. It’s a lot of ball placement and I hit the ball very straight. I’m able to position my game here and I’m putting really well, unlike earlier in the year. I’ve been working really hard and it’s nice to see when it comes together. Right now my game feels really good.”

The defending champion Van Dam is still right in the hunt but Azahara Muñoz, who is looking for a third Spanish Open title, was feeling frustrated with her second-round 70, which put her five shots back heading into the weekend.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Karolin Lampert
-8
68
68
136
2
Aditi Ashok
-7
70
67
137
2
Marianne Skarpnord
-7
66
71
137
2
Anne Van Dam
-7
68
69
137
2
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-7
71
66
137
6
Olivia Cowan
-6
65
73
138
6
Cheyenne Woods
-6
68
70
138
6
Christina Kim
-6
67
71
138
9
Camilla Lennarth
-4
70
70
140
9
Julia Engstrom
-4
69
71
140
11
Maha Haddioui
-3
69
72
141
11
Liz Young
-3
72
69
141
11
Azahara Munoz
-3
71
70
141
11
Diksha Dagar
-3
72
69
141
15
Esther Henseleit
-2
70
72
142
15
Emma Nilsson
-2
69
73
142
15
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
72
70
142
15
Sarah Schober
-2
71
71
142
19
Ha rang Lee
-1
70
73
143
19
Eleanor Givens
-1
71
72
143
19
Maria Parra
-1
71
72
143
19
Sanna Nuutinen
-1
74
69
143
19
Beatriz Recari
-1
71
72
143
19
Tonje Daffinrud
-1
72
71
143
19
Johanna Gustavsson
-1
73
70
143
19
Tvesa Malik
-1
72
71
143
27
Valentine Derrey
Par
72
72
144
27
Nuria Iturrioz
Par
70
74
144
27
Lynn Carlsson
Par
74
70
144
27
Kylie Henry
Par
69
75
144
27
Ursula Wikstrom
Par
71
73
144
27
Jessica Karlsson
Par
74
70
144
27
Noemi Jimenez Martin
Par
73
71
144
27
Cajsa Persson
Par
71
73
144
35
Fatima Fernandez Cano
1
70
75
145
35
Manon De Roey
1
71
74
145
35
Whitney Hillier
1
74
71
145
35
Lydia Hall
1
72
73
145
35
Beth Allen
1
70
75
145
40
Nicole Broch Larsen
2
71
75
146
40
Katja Pogacar
2
71
75
146
40
Laura Fuenfstueck
2
73
73
146
40
Sarah Kemp
2
71
75
146
40
Becky Morgan
2
75
71
146
45
Filippa Moork
3
73
74
147
45
Annabel Dimmock
3
75
72
147
45
Christine Wolf
3
75
72
147
45
Klara Spilkova
3
74
73
147
45
Leona Maguire
3
73
74
147
45
Camille Chevalier
3
72
75
147
45
Lina Boqvist
3
74
73
147
45
Susana Ribeiro
3
73
74
147
45
Celine Borge
3
71
76
147
54
Marta Sanz Barrio
4
77
71
148
54
Luna Sobron
4
73
75
148
54
Catriona Matthew
4
74
74
148
54
Linda Wessberg
4
74
74
148
54
Amy Boulden
4
73
75
148
54
Maria Hernandez
4
73
75
148
60
Carmen Alonso
5
73
76
149
60
Noora Komulainen
5
72
77
149
60
Michele Thomson
5
73
76
149
60
Kelsey Macdonald
5
78
71
149
60
Amy Walsh
5
75
74
149
60
Anne-Lise Caudal
5
78
71
149
CUT
66
Emie Peronnin
6
75
75
150
66
Isabelle Boineau
6
74
76
150
66
Joanna Klatten
6
75
75
150
66
Felicity Johnson
6
80
70
150
66
Florentyna Parker
6
75
75
150
71
Meghan MacLaren
7
77
74
151
71
Sarah Nilsson
7
75
76
151
71
Laura Cabanillas
7
75
76
151
71
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
7
75
76
151
71
Carly Booth
7
75
76
151
71
Krista Bakker
7
72
79
151
71
Sian Evans
7
74
77
151
78
Patricia Sanz Barrio
8
76
76
152
78
Holly Clyburn
8
76
76
152
78
Trish Johnson
8
76
76
152
78
Elia Folch
8
79
73
152
82
Justine Dreher
9
76
77
153
82
Becky Brewerton
9
74
79
153
82
Victoria Lovelady
9
73
80
153
82
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
9
78
75
153
82
Marita Engzelius
9
78
75
153
87
Charlotte Thompson
10
71
83
154
87
Leticia Ras-anderica
10
74
80
154
87
Stacy Lee Bregman
10
76
78
154
87
Cloe Frankish
10
79
75
154
91
Gabriella Cowley
11
76
79
155
92
Lauren Taylor
12
75
81
156
93
Fanny Cnops
13
83
74
157
93
Astha Madan
13
81
76
157
95
Manon Molle
17
78
83
161
96
Ana Menendez
18
81
81
162