Sharing the games of the three French women this Wednesday at Le Golf National, the Americans, led by the world No. 1, Rose Zhang, confirm that they will be difficult to beat. Leaders at -5, they have a one point lead over Germany and two over Poland, South Africa and Switzerland. France is 13th at +1 largely thanks to Constance Fouillet (photo), author of a magnificent 68 (-3).
Lionel VELLA, at the Golf National
They were expected around the corner. They answered present. The Americans thus take control of these 29th World Amateur Team Championships. Respectively number 1 and 3 in the world, Rose Zhang and Rachel Heck signed a card of 69 (-2) and 68 (-3) on the formidable par 71 of theAlbatross at Golf National. Rachel Kuehnworld No. 13, was content with a 70 (-1).
Proof of its almost natural position as favorite, the American team, which shared its three games with the French team, is the only one to offer three cards under par at the Golf National. However, it is only a small point ahead of the Germans, who are also engaged on the Albatross at Guyancourt (78). World No. 12, Alexandra Forsterling turned in a solid 69, just like her compatriot Helen Briemworld No. 26. Cellina Rosa Sattelkau could not do better than a 74 (+3) but only the two best scores are taken into account.
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All committed to the par 72 of St-Nom-la-Bretèche, Poland, South Africa and Switzerland complete the podium at -3. Sweden from the world n°2, Ingrid Lindblad11th in the professional US Open on June 5, occupies 8th place at -1 with Spain and Finland…
Oscillating for a good part of the day between the top 15 and the top 20 on the leaderboard, France finished this start in 13th position with a score of +1. Constance Fouillet, who had the privilege of opening these Worlds at 8:00 a.m. from tee No. 1, did not flinch. Better, the Rennaise, 225th in the world, was on par with Rose Zhang, her partner with the Japanese Mizuki Hashimotosigning a superb 68. It is quite simply the best score of this first round (with Rachel Heck and the Swedish Meja Ortengren).
It’s difficult to make +4 a first round of the Worlds. It’s frustrating for them because it’s not their level of play…
Author of a fiery outing (four birdies from 3 to 7), the one who finished 4th in the Terre Blanche Ladies Open last April 2 on the LETAS had a little more trouble on the return with two other birdies but also a bogey (at 15) and an unfortunate double at 18 after a face-off in the water hazard…
Too bad that her two teammates, Maylis Lamoure140th worldwide, and Vairana Heck, 244th in the world, were not in tune, posting two heavy 75 (+4) and 76 (+5). The balance sheet was therefore necessarily mixed for the tricolor coach, Gwladys Nocera.
” All in all not a very good dayshe analyzes. But I decided to take very young girls (16 years old). This experience of big events, they do not have it. You always need a first. This was the case today. It’s difficult to make +4 a first round of the Worlds. It’s frustrating for them because it’s not their level of play… »
Bouncing back in St-Nom-la-Bretèche
The recent Girls European champions in Iceland at the beginning of July will have enough to rectify the situation this Thursday since they will rub shoulders from 11:55 am with the red course of St-Nom-la-Bretèche (par 72), less demanding – at first sight – than the Albatross.
” We will see tomorrow if they have the means to reactemphasizes Gwladys Nocera. I think so because today they haven’t played their golf… But be careful because it’s just as difficult as the National, for different reasons. It should not be taken lightly. He is prepared for a World Championship. It is therefore tough. It will be a big day… Maylis and Vaï are quite disappointed overall. coconut (Constance Fouillet) had an exceptional day, so it remains on a positive note. We will rely on what they know how to do. They have to play their game, not overplay. »
Remember that 56 women’s teams are lined up this week. They are each composed of a maximum of three players and compete over four rounds without a cut in a stroke play format. The two best scores of a team will be retained in each round. During the first two rounds, half of the field will play by switching to St-Nom-la-Bretèche and the Golf National. After 36 holes, the leaderboard will be split in two (the first 25 teams and tied). The top of this same classification will go to play the 3rd round on the Albatross and the 4th in St-Nom-la-Bretèche.
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