Lalla Meryem Cup - R2

Nuria Iturrios takes 1-shot lead into weekend

April 25-28
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue Course), Rabat, Morocco
€450,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Nuria Iturrios from Spain will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Lalla Meryem Cup after carding a two-under-par 71 over the Blue Course on a windy day at Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco.

Nuria Iturrios takes 1-shot lead into weekend
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Iturrios, 23, from Palma de Mallorca, made three birdies on the front nine and missed a short putt at the par-3 13th to sit at seven-under-par.

The 2016 event champion is a stroke ahead of the first round leader Lina Boqvist, with Eleanor Givens, Camilla Lennarth, Diksha Dagar and Noemi Jimenez Martin four strokes further back.

The shot of the day belonged to Norwegian Mariell Bruun, who made a fantastic hole-in-one on the sixth using a 7-iron.

Iturrios is full of confidence as she won her second professional title on the Santander Golf Tour a fortnight ago, with a course record final round of nine-under-par 63 at Lauro Golf in Malaga.

She is also buoyed by fond memories of her sole Ladies European Tour victory at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam three years ago, when she fired a final round of seven-under-par 65 to seal the win, with her coach, Jose Luis Palacios, acting as her caddie.

He is back this week and Iturrios said: “I hit some really good shots on the front nine and I was playing so solid, hitting some low shots, so I’m happy to have my coach on the bag again. I’m just enjoying it. He can keep me so calm and that’s a good thing for me, because I get nervous sometimes, but a good nervous.”


On a day when a gusty, swirling breeze, tough pin positions and firm greens made for difficult scoring conditions, Boqvist carded a one-over-par 74, having hit just nine fairways during her round.

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The 27-year-old Swede said: “It was a tougher wind today and I didn’t hit as many fairways as I did yesterday. My putting was quite good but I missed too many fairways. You need to be on the fairways to have chances to make birdies. It was a rollercoaster day and I’m looking forward to a new day tomorrow.”

Jimenez Martin was thrilled to be in contention for her first Ladies European Tour title, after a three-under-par 70, which was the best round of the day. It could have been even better had she not bogeyed her last hole.

The 25-year-old from Marbella said: “My long game was awesome. Yesterday it was really bad but I hung in there for one-over. I knew if I had a solid long game I could shoot low and that’s what I did. I’m so happy with the way I managed to come back and get more consistent in my long game. I did hole a few more putts today and I almost didn’t make any bogeys apart from on the last one, but it’s okay. I’m just so happy with myself. It’s time to be in the present and let the ball go to the hole the next two days.”


Germany’s Laura Fuenfstueck sits in seventh position on one-under-par, while Hannah Burke, Maria Hernandez and Order of Merit leader Marianne Skarpnord, who holed her second shot for eagle on the seventh, are tied for eighth on level par.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire holed her third shot for eagle on the par-5 11th in a round of two-under-par 71 to share 11th with Christine Wolf and Carly Booth on one-over after 36 holes.

Maguire said: “I didn’t see it go in. I was behind a tree on 11 and had to cut a little wedge around it. I hit a nice shot which went up over the slope and all the guys were clapping up around the green. None of us saw it go in but I got up there and it was in the hole, so it was a nice bonus to start the day.”

“It’s not an easy golf course and you don’t have to do a lot wrong to rack up quite a few bogeys. I didn’t play the par 5s well yesterday so I was trying to play them better today. I did that for the most part and the eagle obviously helped. Some of the pin positions are not easy if you’re on the wrong side of the slopes and the greens are really firm, especially downwind. I seemed to put myself in a few better spots today and still threw away a few shots but it was nice to be under par today.

“Anything can happen on this golf course. You can get on a run. I got on a run and birdied holes one, two and four. You can pick up shots quickly and you can drop shots quickly: it’s that kind of golf course. I don’t think it’s a course where you can go chasing a score. I think you could end up getting burnt quickly. I’ll try to put in two more solid under par rounds and see where it leaves me.”

The breeze is expected to decrease on Saturday as warmer weather filters into the area for the weekend.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Nuria Iturrios (ESP)
-7
68
71
139
2
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-6
66
74
140
3
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
-2
71
73
144
3
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-2
68
76
144
3
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-2
69
75
144
3
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
-2
74
70
144
7
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-1
71
74
145
8
Hannah Burke (ENG)
Par
72
74
146
8
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
Par
74
72
146
8
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
Par
74
72
146
11
Christine Wolf (AUT)
1
75
72
147
11
Leona Maguire (IRL)
1
76
71
147
11
Carly Booth (SCO)
1
73
74
147
14
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
2
73
75
148
14
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
2
76
72
148
14
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
2
73
75
148
14
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
75
73
148
14
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
2
71
77
148
14
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
2
74
74
148
14
Esther Henseleit (GER)
2
75
73
148
14
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
2
74
74
148
22
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
3
72
77
149
22
Liz Young (ENG)
3
78
71
149
22
Beth Allen (USA)
3
73
76
149
22
Becky Morgan (WAL)
3
76
73
149
22
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
3
73
76
149
22
Celine Borge (NOR)
3
76
73
149
22
Michele Thomson (SCO)
3
74
75
149
29
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
77
73
150
29
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
4
73
77
150
29
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
4
77
73
150
29
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
4
70
80
150
29
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
4
76
74
150
29
Mariell Bruun (NOR)
4
70
80
150
29
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
4
75
75
150
29
Sarah Schober (AUT)
4
76
74
150
29
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
4
78
72
150
29
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
4
74
76
150
39
Trish Johnson (ENG)
5
74
77
151
39
Lydia Hall (WAL)
5
80
71
151
39
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
5
76
75
151
39
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
5
74
77
151
39
Maria Palacios (PER)
5
76
75
151
39
Karolin Lampert (GER)
5
77
74
151
39
Diana Luna (ITA)
5
73
78
151
39
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
5
73
78
151
47
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
6
75
77
152
47
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
6
73
79
152
47
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
6
77
75
152
47
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
6
74
78
152
47
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
6
77
75
152
47
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
6
75
77
152
47
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
6
75
77
152
47
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
6
74
78
152
47
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
6
75
77
152
56
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
7
76
77
153
56
Silvia Banon (ESP)
7
75
78
153
56
Savannah Vilaubi (USA)
7
76
77
153
56
Olivia Cowan (GER)
7
79
74
153
56
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
7
77
76
153
56
Kylie Henry (SCO)
7
75
78
153
56
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
7
77
76
153
56
Astha Madan (IND)
7
78
75
153
56
Manon Gidali (FRA)
7
80
73
153
56
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
7
78
75
153
56
Manon Molle (FRA)
7
74
79
153
56
Tvesa Malik (IND)
7
76
77
153
56
Natalie Sheary (USA)
7
73
80
153
56
Krista Bakker (FIN)
7
74
79
153
CUT
70
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
8
76
78
154
70
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
8
75
79
154
70
Stephanie Na (AUS)
8
76
78
154
70
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
8
75
79
154
70
Manon De Roey (BEL)
8
73
81
154
70
Vani Kapoor (IND)
8
74
80
154
70
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
8
79
75
154
70
Amy Walsh (AUS)
8
73
81
154
70
Rachael Taylor (SCO)
8
73
81
154
70
Nina Pegova (RUS)
8
73
81
154
80
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
9
76
79
155
80
Sophie Lamb (ENG)
9
73
82
155
80
Amandeep Drall (IND)
9
76
79
155
80
Lina Belmati (MAR) (a)
9
75
80
155
80
Laura Davies (ENG)
9
77
78
155
80
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
9
77
78
155
80
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
9
75
80
155
80
Amy Boulden (WAL)
9
78
77
155
80
Leslie Cloots (BEL)
9
76
79
155
80
Ana Menendez (MEX)
9
72
83
155
90
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
10
79
77
156
90
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
10
81
75
156
90
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
10
79
77
156
90
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
10
75
81
156
90
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
10
77
79
156
90
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
10
80
76
156
90
Hayley Davis (ENG)
10
80
76
156
97
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
11
75
82
157
97
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
11
79
78
157
97
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
11
80
77
157
97
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
11
74
83
157
97
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
11
75
82
157
97
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
11
77
80
157
97
Elia Folch (ESP)
11
78
79
157
104
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
12
80
78
158
104
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
12
75
83
158
104
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
12
76
82
158
104
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
12
76
82
158
108
Melanie Maetzler (SUI)
13
79
80
159
108
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
13
78
81
159
108
Emma Grechi (FRA)
13
79
80
159
111
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
14
82
78
160
111
Laurette Maritz (RSA)
14
79
81
160
111
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
14
78
82
160
111
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
14
74
86
160
115
Rochelle Morris (ENG)
15
83
78
161
115
Justine Dreher (FRA)
15
84
77
161
117
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
17
81
82
163
117
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
17
81
82
163
117
Manuela Carbajo Re (ARG)
17
79
84
163
117
Vikki Laing (SCO)
17
81
82
163
117
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
17
81
82
163
122
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
19
79
86
165
122
Niina Liias (FIN)
19
81
84
165
122
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
19
82
83
165
125
Intissar Rich (MAR) (a)
21
81
86
167
125
Lisa Maguire (IRL)
21
81
86
167