Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino R3

Nanna Koerstz Madsen takes 2-stroke lead into final day

November 28 – December 01
Aloha Golf Club, Marbella, Andalusia
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Nanna Koerstz Madsen emerged from a crowded leader board to lead by two strokes on 14 under par heading into the final round of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella.

Open España Femenino R3 - Madsen takes 2-stroke lead
Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

The 25-year-old Dane shot a seven under par 65 in perfect scoring conditions on Saturday, while Swedish teenager Julia Engstrom went one better with a career-best eight under par 64 to end the day in second on 12 under par.

It was a proverbial game of two halves for Anne Van Dam, the long-hitting Dutchwoman, who finished the day a shot further back in third on 11 under.

Van Dam, who comes from a family of pilots, was flying on the front nine and had built a four stroke lead after going out in 30, ending the back nine with six threes in a row and all without a driver in her bag. However, her charge stalled on the back nine and she came home in 38, with two bogeys on holes 14 and 18.


Although her frustrations showed at times, the defending champion said it was a good day on the course. “I got off to a really hot start: six under on the front and basically felt like I could hole everything and on the back it was a different story. I looked at everything and nothing went in.

“If I have another front nine like that tomorrow, I know I can do the same on the back, so it should be fun out there. Let’s see what happens and see how low I can go,” the four-time LET winner said.

Madsen, who shares a swing coach with Van Dam in David Dickmeis, the Danish national team coach, birdied two of the first three holes and went out in 34 and then picked up the pace with five successive birdies from holes 12 to 16.

“I had a good stretch, so I’m happy with the round. It’s not very often I play bogey free. I like to attack and sometimes that doesn’t work,” said the LET’s 2016 Tipsport Golf Masters champion, who was a three-time winner on the Symetra Tour in 2017, which earned her a “Battlefield Promotion” to the LPGA.

Her mum, Pia, is caddying for her this week and Madsen added: “I don’t have any expectations because I got here on Wednesday, didn’t play a practise round and, although I saw the course three years ago, I didn’t really practise for the three days before. I am just here with my family and we are trying to have a bit of a holiday, so I’m calm.”

Open España Femenino R3 - Madsen takes 2-stroke lead
Julia Engstrom. Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Engstrom also had a birdie run. She went to the turn in 33 but came back in 31 after finishing with four birdies in a row.

The 18-year-old from Bjarred, who wrapped up the LET’s Rookie of the Year Award 12 months ago, said: “I hit it really close to the pin and made some putts and just kept it going. I barely missed any fairways, barely missed any greens and at the end, on 18 I hit it really close. I think on the last four holes, I hit it to three or four feet, so the ball was very close and I kept the run going. My irons and wedge game were great and my putting, too.”

“This will be my first time playing in the last group on Sunday since I was an amateur. I have a lot of support out here as there are a lot of Swedes here in Marbella and I’ve heard a lot of screams, cheers and good lucks, which is great.

“It will be a fun day tomorrow so I’ll see how well I can play, but right now, I’m very, very happy with my game.”

Aditi Ashok is in fourth place, four shots behind the leader after a 69, with Olivia Cowan and Marianne Skarpnord tied for fifth, a stroke further back.


Local player Azahara Muñoz, who is looking for a third Spanish Open title in four years, had a third round 67 and is tied with Camilla Lennarth and Christina Kim on eight under par, six strokes from the lead.

The final round of the penultimate event of the year gets under way on Sunday at 8.15am, local time and the leaders Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Julia Engstrom and Anne Van Dam tee off at 12.10pm.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DEN)
-14
71
66
65
202
2
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-12
69
71
64
204
3
Anne Van Dam (NED)
-11
68
69
68
205
4
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-10
70
67
69
206
5
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-9
65
73
69
207
5
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-9
66
71
70
207
7
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-8
71
70
67
208
7
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-8
70
70
68
208
7
Christina Kim (USA)
-8
67
71
70
208
10
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-7
68
68
73
209
11
Cheyenne Woods (USA)
-6
68
70
72
210
12
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-5
69
72
70
211
13
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-4
72
71
69
212
14
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-3
69
73
71
213
15
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-2
75
72
67
214
15
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
-2
71
75
68
214
15
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
-2
74
70
70
214
15
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
-2
74
70
70
214
15
Nuria Iturrioz (ESP)
-2
70
74
70
214
15
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
-2
72
70
72
214
15
Liz Young (ENG)
-2
72
69
73
214
22
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
-1
72
75
68
215
22
Leona Maguire (IRL)
-1
73
74
68
215
22
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-1
71
73
71
215
22
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-1
74
69
72
215
22
Ha rang Lee (ESP)
-1
70
73
72
215
27
Luna Sobron (ESP)
Par
73
75
68
216
27
Klara Spilkova (CZE)
Par
74
73
69
216
27
Lydia Hall (WAL)
Par
72
73
71
216
27
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
Par
74
71
71
216
27
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
Par
73
71
72
216
27
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
Par
71
72
73
216
33
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
1
74
74
69
217
33
Susana Ribeiro (POR)
1
73
74
70
217
33
Filippa Moork (SWE)
1
73
74
70
217
33
Becky Morgan (WAL)
1
75
71
71
217
33
Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)
1
71
75
71
217
33
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
1
72
72
73
217
33
Beatriz Recari (ESP)
1
71
72
74
217
40
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
2
73
75
70
218
40
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
2
74
74
70
218
40
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
2
77
71
70
218
40
Celine Borge (NOR)
2
71
76
71
218
40
Fatima Fernandez Cano (ESP)
2
70
75
73
218
40
Kylie Henry (SCO)
2
69
75
74
218
40
Tvesa Malik (IND)
2
72
71
75
218
40
Diksha Dagar (IND)
2
72
69
77
218
48
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
3
75
72
72
219
48
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
3
73
70
76
219
48
Maria Parra (ESP)
3
71
72
76
219
48
Sarah Schober (AUT)
3
71
71
77
219
52
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
4
74
73
73
220
52
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
4
73
73
74
220
52
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
71
75
74
220
52
Beth Allen (USA)
4
70
75
75
220
52
Manon De Roey (BEL)
4
71
74
75
220
52
Esther Henseleit (GER)
4
70
72
78
220
58
Amy Boulden (WAL)
5
73
75
73
221
59
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
6
78
71
73
222
59
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
6
72
77
73
222
59
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
6
73
76
73
222
59
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
6
71
73
78
222
63
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
8
78
71
75
224
64
Michele Thomson (SCO)
11
73
76
78
227
65
Amy Walsh (AUS)
12
75
74
79
228
CUT
66
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
6
75
75
150
66
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
6
74
76
150
66
Joanna Klatten (FRA)
6
75
75
150
66
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
6
80
70
150
66
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
6
75
75
150
71
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
7
77
74
151
71
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
7
75
76
151
71
Laura Cabanillas (ESP)
7
75
76
151
71
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
7
75
76
151
71
Carly Booth (SCO)
7
75
76
151
71
Krista Bakker (FIN)
7
72
79
151
71
Sian Evans (ENG)
7
74
77
151
78
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
8
76
76
152
78
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
8
76
76
152
78
Trish Johnson (ENG)
8
76
76
152
78
Elia Folch (ESP)
8
79
73
152
82
Justine Dreher (FRA)
9
76
77
153
82
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
9
74
79
153
82
Victoria Lovelady (BRA)
9
73
80
153
82
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
9
78
75
153
82
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
9
78
75
153
87
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
10
71
83
154
87
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
10
74
80
154
87
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
10
76
78
154
87
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
10
79
75
154
91
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
11
76
79
155
92
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
12
75
81
156
93
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
13
83
74
157
93
Astha Madan (IND)
13
81
76
157
95
Manon Molle (FRA)
17
78
83
161
96
Ana Menendez (MEX)
18
81
81
162