Lalla Meryem Cup - R3

Lina Boqvist and Nuria Iturrios take 7-shot lead into final day

April 25-28
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue Course), Rabat, Morocco
€450,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Lina Boqvist and Nuria Iturrios share a seven-shot lead over the rest of the field heading into the final round of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

Lina Boqvist and Nuria Iturrios take 7-shot lead into final day

The pair lead on 10-under-par after third rounds of 69 and 70 respectively and the stage is set for an epic final round duel on the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Caroline Hedwall, Hannah Burke and Laura Fuenfstueck, all on three-under-par, are capable of going on a birdie rampage, as are best friends Camilla Lennarth and Marianne Skarpnord, both at two-under-par, but it will take something special to reel in the leaders. Iturrios has the advantage of having won her first Ladies European Tour title in the event at the same venue three years ago and is relishing the match play situation.

Boqvist is looking for her first title. Her best finish on tour was a tie for third in her rookie season in 2015 but she has held firm since leading after the first round, playing on new greens, through high winds on Friday and then in hot weather on Saturday. She won the 2012 Swedish Match Play event as an amateur, the last time she played the format, so seemed to be as fired up as Iturrios.

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Boqvist, 27, from Gislaved in Sweden, said: “It was very good out there and I played very solid with four birdies and 14 pars. I had two up-and-downs from the rough, so it was very good. I only hit nine fairways, but I was in the semi-rough so it was fine. I love the course. It’s my better than last year: the greens are firmer, but it’s a better course now and it’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”

Iturrios, 24, from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, said: “Lina and I were playing so well and hitting good shots. We are both enjoying playing like that, so let’s see for tomorrow. I just want to focus on my own game. Anyone could win tomorrow, they could shoot seven-under and you never know with golf, so I want to keep working and enjoy it.”

Hedwall shot a final round of nine-under-par 63 to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in October last year and could be a threat to the leaders.


After signing for a third round of five-under-par 68, she said: “I was playing really solid today and I created a lot of birdie opportunities. I was happy with my game.

“Compared to yesterday, it was much easier, because the wind blew up yesterday and the greens firmed up so much it was hard to get close to the pin. It was much easier to play today and I took advantage of it. They moved up a couple of holes and the holes were more accessible because the greens were softer. I’ll be looking for as many birdies as possible because to have a shot at the win, that’s going to be needed.”

Final round play gets under way at 8.20am from two tees on Sunday, with the last three-ball containing Boqvist, Iturrios and Hedwall starting their final round at 10.21am.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-10
66
74
69
209
1
Nuria Iturrios (ESP)
-10
68
71
70
209
3
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
-3
74
74
68
216
3
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-3
72
74
70
216
3
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-3
71
74
71
216
6
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-2
74
72
71
217
6
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-2
68
76
73
217
8
Sian Evans (ENG)
-1
75
73
70
218
8
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-1
75
72
71
218
8
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
-1
74
72
72
218
11
Sarah Schober (AUT)
Par
76
74
69
219
11
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
Par
72
77
70
219
11
Diksha Dagar (IND)
Par
69
75
75
219
14
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
1
73
76
71
220
14
Liz Young (ENG)
1
78
71
71
220
14
Esther Henseleit (GER)
1
75
73
72
220
14
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
1
74
74
72
220
18
Karolin Lampert (GER)
2
77
74
70
221
18
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
2
73
77
71
221
18
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
2
71
77
73
221
18
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
2
71
73
77
221
22
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
3
78
72
72
222
22
Michele Thomson (SCO)
3
74
75
73
222
22
Celine Borge (NOR)
3
76
73
73
222
25
Olivia Cowan (GER)
4
79
74
70
223
25
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
4
75
77
71
223
25
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
4
74
76
73
223
25
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
77
73
73
223
25
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
4
73
75
75
223
30
Astha Madan (IND)
5
78
75
71
224
30
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
5
73
78
73
224
30
Diana Luna (ITA)
5
73
78
73
224
30
Becky Morgan (WAL)
5
76
73
75
224
34
Silvia Banon (ESP)
6
75
78
72
225
34
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
6
76
75
74
225
34
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
6
75
75
75
225
34
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
6
77
73
75
225
34
Beth Allen (USA)
6
73
76
76
225
34
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
6
76
72
77
225
34
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
6
73
75
77
225
41
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
7
75
77
74
226
41
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
7
75
77
74
226
41
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
7
77
75
74
226
41
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
7
73
79
74
226
41
Trish Johnson (ENG)
7
74
77
75
226
41
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
7
76
74
76
226
41
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
7
70
80
76
226
41
Leona Maguire (IRL)
7
76
71
79
226
49
Natalie Sheary (USA)
8
73
80
74
227
49
Kylie Henry (SCO)
8
75
78
74
227
49
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
8
77
76
74
227
49
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
8
74
77
76
227
49
Lydia Hall (WAL)
8
80
71
76
227
49
Mariell Bruun (NOR)
8
70
80
77
227
49
Carly Booth (SCO)
8
73
74
80
227
49
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
8
74
70
83
227
57
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
9
74
78
76
228
57
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
9
75
77
76
228
59
Tvesa Malik (IND)
10
76
77
76
229
59
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
10
78
75
76
229
59
Savannah Vilaubi (USA)
10
76
77
76
229
59
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
10
76
77
76
229
63
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
11
77
76
77
230
63
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
11
74
78
78
230
65
Krista Bakker (FIN)
12
74
79
78
231
65
Manon Gidali (FRA)
12
80
73
78
231
67
Manon Molle (FRA)
13
74
79
79
232
67
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
13
77
75
80
232
67
Maria Palacios (PER)
13
76
75
81
232
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