Lalla Meryem Cup - R1

Lina Boqvist takes two-shot lead in Morocco

April 25-28
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue Course), Rabat, Morocco
€450,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Lina Boqvist claimed a two-shot lead over fellow Swede Camilla Lennarth and past champion Nuria Iturrios after carding a stunning seven-under-par 66 in the first round of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

Lina Boqvist takes two-shot lead in Morocco, © Ladies European Tour
© Ladies European Tour

The 27-year-old from Gislaved fired six birdies on the front nine and led at eight-under-par after two more birdies at the 12th and 14th holes on the newly renovated Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. She made consecutive bogeys on the par-5 15th and par-4 16th holes, but finished with a stylish birdie on the par-4 18th hole to complete her best score in five seasons on the Ladies European Tour.

“It was a great round and I think I played the best golf of my career on the LET. There were three missed greens, one up-and-down and two bogeys, but nine birdies, so it was fantastic,” she said, adding that she loved the course upgrades made over the last year.

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All of the greens and tees have been relayed under the advice of designer Cabell B. Robinson, with several changes to the layout and bunkering.

“It’s better from the tee. The greens are better but they are more hilly, with more slopes, so I think the greens are a little bit tougher than last year, but in total, they are better.”

Earlier in the day, Lennarth, the 2014 Slovak Ladies Open champion, registered five birdies and she said: “I think the changes are great. Overall the course has improved a lot. It’s more generous off the tee, which I can appreciate. The greens are bigger and even though they’re slopier, there’s more room.”

The 2016 champion Nuria Iturrios from Spain carded six birdies and one bogey to sit alongside her.

She said: “I’m so happy to be here again and with the changes to the course, I really like it. I made a lot of putts again but still have a lot of work to do.

“Every year, with the upgrades, it’s like we are playing a different course, so I don’t have the same pressure. I really like the changes this year so I’ll keep on going.

“Maybe you have longer shots from the fairway, but with bigger greens it’s easier to hit more in regulation. The greens are perfect, as they had the course closed until now, so the ball rolls well.”

The pair are a stroke clear of Indian rookie Diksha Dagar, the winner of the Investec Women’s South African Open last month, while Norwegian Mariell Bruun and Chloe Leurquin from Belgium are tied for fifth on three-under-par.


Dagar, 18, from New Delhi, who suffered a wrist injury on the eve of the event, said: “I was able to read the lines correctly and make all the putts. In Morocco, it’s easy for me to read the greens and I love it here.”

Boqvist has past form at the Lalla Meryem Cup, with two top 10 finishes from the last three events at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. On the unique atmosphere of having the men’s European Tour playing the Hassan II Golf Trophy on the adjacent Red Course at the same venue simultaneously, she said: “I think it’s very good having both tours together. We share the practise facilities and the players’ lounge and I think it’s very good that both tours are here. I think we need to do something like that more often, coming together. Not playing on the same course, maybe, but at the same club.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-7
66
2
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-5
68
2
Nuria Iturrios (ESP)
-5
68
4
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-4
69
5
Mariell Bruun (NOR)
-3
70
5
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
-3
70
7
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
-2
71
7
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-2
71
7
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
-2
71
10
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-1
72
10
Ana Menendez (MEX)
-1
72
10
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
-1
72
13
Manon De Roey (BEL)
Par
73
13
Carly Booth (SCO)
Par
73
13
Amy Walsh (AUS)
Par
73
13
Natalie Sheary (USA)
Par
73
13
Diana Luna (ITA)
Par
73
13
Rachael Taylor (SCO)
Par
73
13
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
Par
73
13
Nina Pegova (RUS)
Par
73
13
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
Par
73
13
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
Par
73
13
Beth Allen (USA)
Par
73
13
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
Par
73
13
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
Par
73
13
Sophie Lamb (ENG)
Par
73
13
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
Par
73
28
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
1
74
28
Vani Kapoor (IND)
1
74
28
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
1
74
28
Manon Molle (FRA)
1
74
28
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
1
74
28
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
1
74
28
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
1
74
28
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
1
74
28
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
1
74
28
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
1
74
28
Michele Thomson (SCO)
1
74
28
Krista Bakker (FIN)
1
74
28
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
1
74
28
Trish Johnson (ENG)
1
74
28
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
1
74
28
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
1
74
44
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
2
75
44
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
2
75
44
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
2
75
44
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
2
75
44
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
2
75
44
Esther Henseleit (GER)
2
75
44
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
2
75
44
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
2
75
44
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
2
75
44
Silvia Banon (ESP)
2
75
44
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
2
75
44
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
2
75
44
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
2
75
44
Christine Wolf (AUT)
2
75
44
Kylie Henry (SCO)
2
75
44
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
2
75
44
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
75
44
Lina Belmati (MAR) (a)
2
75
62
Celine Borge (NOR)
3
76
62
Sarah Schober (AUT)
3
76
62
Tvesa Malik (IND)
3
76
62
Maria Palacios (PER)
3
76
62
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
3
76
62
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
3
76
62
Leslie Cloots (BEL)
3
76
62
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
3
76
62
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
3
76
62
Becky Morgan (WAL)
3
76
62
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
76
62
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
3
76
62
Stephanie Na (AUS)
3
76
62
Savannah Vilaubi (USA)
3
76
62
Leona Maguire (IRL)
3
76
62
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
3
76
62
Amandeep Drall (IND)
3
76
62
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
3
76
80
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
4
77
80
Laura Davies (ENG)
4
77
80
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
4
77
80
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
4
77
80
Karolin Lampert (GER)
4
77
80
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
77
80
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
4
77
80
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
4
77
80
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
4
77
80
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
4
77
80
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
4
77
91
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
5
78
91
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
5
78
91
Amy Boulden (WAL)
5
78
91
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
5
78
91
Elia Folch (ESP)
5
78
91
Liz Young (ENG)
5
78
91
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
5
78
91
Astha Madan (IND)
5
78
99
Laurette Maritz (RSA)
6
79
99
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
6
79
99
Manuela Carbajo Re (ARG)
6
79
99
Melanie Maetzler (SUI)
6
79
99
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
6
79
99
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
6
79
99
Olivia Cowan (GER)
6
79
99
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
6
79
99
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
6
79
99
Emma Grechi (FRA)
6
79
109
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
7
80
109
Hayley Davis (ENG)
7
80
109
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
7
80
109
Lydia Hall (WAL)
7
80
109
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
7
80
109
Manon Gidali (FRA)
7
80
115
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
8
81
115
Vikki Laing (SCO)
8
81
115
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
8
81
115
Niina Liias (FIN)
8
81
115
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
8
81
115
Intissar Rich (MAR) (a)
8
81
115
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
8
81
115
Lisa Maguire (IRL)
8
81
123
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
9
82
123
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
9
82
125
Rochelle Morris (ENG)
10
83
126
Justine Dreher (FRA)
11
84