Women’s New South Wales Open - R1

Jonsdottir takes opening lead in Australia

March 07-10
Queanbeyan Golf Club, Oatlands, New South Wales, Australia
A$150,000
Co-sanction: ALPG Tour

Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Valdis Thora Jonsdottir fired a career-low eight-under 63 in round one of the Women’s New South Wales Open presented by Worrells on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Astrid Vayson de Pradenne.

Jonsdottir takes opening lead in Australia, © Ladies European Tour

© Ladies European Tour


Starting from the ninth, the 29-year-old from Iceland wasted little time in climbing the leader board at Queanbeyan Golf Club with four birdies in her first five holes.

She bogeyed the 18th, but then quickly recorded a pair of birdies followed by an eagle on the third hole, signing off with another birdie on the par-five seventh.

Jonsdottir, a gold medal winner in the inaugural European Mixed Team Championships at Gleneagles in August, said that she was playing pain-free, but swinging slowly due to a persistent back problem, which has led to her to withdraw from the Jordan Mixed Open next month.

Last week, she was barely able to sit up in bed and she said: “My back has been hurting a lot the last five weeks, so I have decided this week that I’m going to swing it very slowly. I kept the ball in play and hit a lot of good iron shots into the green and made a lot of good putts.

“Because my back has been bothering me a lot, I’m going to continue to take it easy and go out there with an open mind.”

Vayson De Pradenne, who was due to share accommodation with Jonsdottir in Jordan, also fired a career-best round, of five-under-par 66.

The 2018 Jabra Ladies Open champion, from Chateau-neuf-de-pap in France, was thrilled with her return to form.

She said: “My mind was very focused, my iron play was strong and my course management was wise as well, as I took the wind into consideration. We are playing at altitude so there is an effect there and there are some key holes which look wide but actually have very narrow fairways. My putting was also very good and I’m glad because I had an argument about it with my coach last week.

“He told me that I was not aiming the putter face where I thought I was aiming, which put a shadow over my putting and it was maybe not the right moment to correct it. I had 28 putts today just thinking about some simple things such as how to read the putts and where to aim.

“I was also lucky enough to talk with Gary Player in Abu Dhabi and he told me that the key was to have a mechanical thought over the ball, so I’m now thinking of one thought, which is ‘baby cut,” and it seems to work.”


New South Wales’ Rebecca Artis is the best Australian in a tie for third with Spain’s Carmen Alonso on four-under-par. Artis was pleased with her round, saying that her recent form had been below average.

“I played solid out there today. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me, so I was just trying to do the basics right, hit the fairway, hit the middle of the greens and take opportunities as they come. The putter had been cold the last few weeks, so it was nice to see a few drop today.”

Scotland’s Michele Thomson is a shot back on three-under in joint fifth alongside Manon Gidali from France.

Meanwhile, Whitney Hillier, Felicity Johnson and Munchin Keh, who all played in much colder temperatures in the morning, share seventh with Nina Pegova and Carly Booth on two-under-par. Last year’s champion, Meghan MacLaren, fired a one-under-par 70 to sit in a seven-way tie for 12th place.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
-8
63
2
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-5
66
3
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
-4
67
3
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-4
67
5
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-3
68
5
Manon Gidali (FRA)
-3
68
7
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-2
69
7
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-2
69
7
Munchin Keh (NZL)
-2
69
7
Nina Pegova (RUS)
-2
69
7
Carly Booth (SCO)
-2
69
12
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-1
70
12
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-1
70
12
Amelia Lewis (USA)
-1
70
12
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-1
70
12
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-1
70
12
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez (MEX)
-1
70
12
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
-1
70
19
Christine Wolf (AUT)
Par
71
19
Cassie Porter (AUS) (a)
Par
71
19
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
Par
71
19
Maria Palacios (PER)
Par
71
19
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
Par
71
19
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
Par
71
19
Chantelle Cassidy (NZL)
Par
71
19
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
Par
71
19
Celina Yuan (AUS)
Par
71
19
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
Par
71
19
Isabelle Taylor (AUS) (a)
Par
71
19
Mireia Prat (ESP)
Par
71
19
Britteney Dryland (AUS) (a)
Par
71
19
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
Par
71
33
Breanna Gill (AUS)
1
72
33
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
72
33
Filippa Moerk (SWE)
1
72
33
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
1
72
33
Ana Menendez (MEX)
1
72
33
Manon De Roey (BEL)
1
72
33
Grace Lennon (AUS)
1
72
33
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
1
72
33
Tamie Durdin (AUS)
1
72
33
Jenna Hunter (NZL)
1
72
33
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
72
44
Grace Kim (AUS) (a)
2
73
44
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
2
73
44
Beth Allen (USA)
2
73
44
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
2
73
44
Silvia Banon (ESP)
2
73
44
Amandeep Drall (IND)
2
73
44
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
2
73
44
Miki Nishiyama (JPN)
2
73
44
Kim Metraux (SUI)
2
73
44
Gennai Goodwin (AUS)
2
73
44
Caryn Khoo (AUS) (a)
2
73
55
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
3
74
55
Amy Walsh (AUS)
3
74
55
Sian Evans (ENG)
3
74
55
Robyn Doig (CAN)
3
74
55
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
3
74
55
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
74
55
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
3
74
55
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
3
74
55
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
3
74
55
Yan Liu (CHN)
3
74
55
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
3
74
55
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
3
74
55
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
3
74
55
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
3
74
55
Manon Molle (FRA)
3
74
55
Krista Bakker (FIN)
3
74
55
Astha Madan (IND)
3
74
72
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
4
75
72
Lydia Hall (WAL)
4
75
72
Katelyn Must (AUS)
4
75
72
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
4
75
72
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
4
75
72
Kylie Henry (SCO)
4
75
72
Hanee Song (NZL)
4
75
72
Sarah Schober (AUT)
4
75
72
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
4
75
72
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
4
75
72
Karoline Lund (NOR)
4
75
72
Dea Mahendra (IDN)
4
75
72
Elia Folch (ESP)
4
75
72
Kayla Jones (USA)
4
75
72
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
4
75
72
Elmay Viking (COK)
4
75
72
Onkanok Soisuwan (THA)
4
75
89
Melanie Maetzler (SUI)
5
76
89
Becky Morgan (WAL)
5
76
89
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
5
76
89
Montana Strauss (AUS)
5
76
89
Savannah Vilaubi (USA)
5
76
89
Chizuru Ueda (AUS)
5
76
95
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
6
77
95
Justine Dreher (FRA)
6
77
95
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
6
77
95
Sock Hwee Koh (SIN)
6
77
95
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
6
77
95
Georgia Clarke (AUS)
6
77
95
Hye Park (AUS) (a)
6
77
95
Lara Plachetka-pohl (FRA)
6
77
95
Kelsey Bennett (AUS) (a)
6
77
95
Adele Huggard (AUS)
6
77
105
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
7
78
105
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
7
78
105
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
7
78
105
Momo Sakuragi (JPN)
7
78
105
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
7
78
105
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
7
78
105
Casey Cook (AUS) (a)
7
78
105
Victoria Fricot (AUS)
7
78
113
Tvesa Malik (IND)
8
79
113
Nadine White (AUS)
8
79
113
Elle Sandak (AUS)
8
79
113
Brooke Baker (USA)
8
79
113
Elizabeth Elmassian (AUS)
8
79
118
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
9
80
118
Amber Thornton (AUS) (a)
9
80
118
Soo Jin Lee (AUS)
9
80
118
Sophie Weilguni (AUS)
9
80
118
Kristalle Blum (AUS)
9
80
118
Viva Schlasberg (SWE)
9
80
118
Anna Lesher (USA)
9
80
118
Vani Kapoor (IND)
9
80
118
Kara Williams (AUS) (a)
9
80
118
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
9
80
118
Eileen Kelly (CAN)
9
80
129
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
10
81
129
Alexis Belton (USA)
10
81
129
Lisa Edgar (AUS) (a)
10
81
132
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
11
82
132
Wanasa Zhou (AUS)
11
82
134
Jade Shellback (AUS)
13
84
135
Molly Lavercombe (AUS)
16
87
136
Collette Blacklock (AUS) (a)
19
90
137
Bronte Colbert (AUS)
DSQ
137
Bree Arthur (AUS)
DSQ
137
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
DSQ
137
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
DSQ