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Round 4 - Herbin claims Lacoste victory in play-off

September 27, 2015
Celine Herbin of France with her trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones

Céline Herbin delighted the home galleries when she won a three-hole play-off against Danish rookie Emily Pedersen to claim her maiden professional victory at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

Herbin won with a par on the third extra hole, the par-4 18th at Golf de Chantaco, after Pedersen three putted for a bogey. After becoming the first home winner of the title in 11 years, Herbin collapsed on the 18th green before being sprayed in champagne by her friends.

She said: “To win my first tournament in my home country with so many people cheering for me, it’s like a dream. I feel very lucky and I worked hard for that, so I think I deserve it and I’m very happy.”

Herbin and Pedersen began the final round tied for the lead on 11 under par but Pedersen built a five stroke lead after Herbin dropped three shots in the first eight holes, with four bogeys against one birdie.

Little by little, the 32-year-old from Avranches, who now resides in Santander, reeled in the young Dane with birdies on the 10th, 14th and 15th holes. Pedersen then bogeyed 16 and double bogeyed 17 to drop back into a share of the lead on 11 under par. After the pair both made par on 18, they returned to the tee three more times.

“Obviously I didn’t make the best first nine holes but I believed in myself and knew I could turn it around,” said Herbin, supported by her coach and caddie Vicente Ballesteros, the brother of Seve. “Emily was playing very well but we knew that she could get very nervous on the last few holes so I knew I had to fight until the last hole – until hole 75!”

A tearful Pedersen, who had received an invite to play in the tournament, reflected: “I’m obviously very disappointed but I’m sure when I look back on the week I will be proud of my performance. I hope that this experience will make me a stronger and better player in the future.”

With a final round of 67, fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen ended two strokes back on nine under par to record her second third place finish in three tournaments following the Helsingborg Open. She said: “Of course I’m happy with third place. I have had a good feeling with my swing since Sweden so it’s nice that it still works.”

England’s Charley Hull ended alone in fourth place on eight under par after final round of 67 and she said: “I’m pretty chuffed with a fourth place finish after a good three weeks. I played well at Evian, had a good last week and good this week so I’m pretty happy and I can’t wait to go to Ibiza.”

Earlier in the day, Joanna Klatten from France made a fast start when she holed in one at the first and she carded a 67 to end fifth on seven under. Valentine Derrey, who also made a hole in one at the fifth, finished in a tie for 38th place.

Home town player Anne-Lise Caudal from Saint-Jean-de-Luz also recorded a 67 and finished sixth on six under par, while the champion for the last two years, Azahara Munoz, ended with a disappointing 72 to share seventh place on five under with Pamela Pretswell, Klara Spilkova and United States Solheim Cup winner Cristie Kerr.

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Round 3 - Herbin joins Pedersen in Lacoste lead

September 26, 2015
Celine Herbin of France celebrates a birdie on the 17th green during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones
Celine Herbin celebrates a birdie on 18 with her caddie, Vicente Ballesteros

Home hope Celine Herbin of France carded four birdies in her last six holes to grab a share of the lead with Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen heading into the final round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf de Chantaco.

After three rounds played in fair weather, the pair are locked at 11 under par with a four stroke advantage over Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell and the defending champion Azahara Munoz from Spain.

Munoz is trying to become the first player to win the title three years in succession, but Herbin is equally motivated in becoming the first home winner in 11 years, since Stephanie Arricau won at Golf d’Arras in 2004.

“I’m really looking forward to playing tomorrow. It’s going to be really nice because it’s the Open de France and I am French. I will have 1000 people around me cheering for me so it’s going to give me a plus… maybe the 15th club in my bag. I really look forward to it and just want to enjoy it,” said Herbin, who is leading for the first time in four years on the Ladies European Tour.

After carding a five under par 65, she added: “Of course it’s different when you have so many people cheering but you just focus on your own game, your ball and where to send your ball.”

Pedersen, who signed for a two under par 68 containing four birdies and two bogeys, is also targeting her first professional title.

She said: “My game has been good all week. If Celine shoots eight under or something there is not much you can do but I’ll play my best and I know my game is good enough to win. Hopefully I’ll play well.”

European Solheim Cup player Munoz, who won at Chantaco in 2013 and 2014, bogeyed the first hole but after giving herself a pep talk, fired five birdies in a 66. She said: “I’m obviously further away than I would like to be but I’ll take it. Mid round I was six or seven back so if I’m five back tomorrow anything is possible. You can have a really low one here, so hopefully it will be me tomorrow.

“You can make a big number out here or you can make a lot of birdies, it can go both ways. I told myself to be patient, there were plenty of holes left and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Third year LET member Pamela Pretswell is back in contention after a run of three missed cuts and explained that her putter is hot again.

“I’m driving it well and hitting my irons a lot better, good distance control which is necessary with the spin on the greens. I’ve been working on my putting the last month or so and the changes are starting to pay off,” she said.

First round leader Gwladys Nocera from France is five shots off the lead in fifth place alongside Malene Jorgensen on six under par. She said: “I didn’t make the four, five metre putts today for birdie. I hit some good shots but they didn’t drop. It’s slightly frustrating but I’m getting there and tomorrow hopefully they will drop.”

Fellow Solheim Cup player Charley Hull from England, Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and the recent Helsingborg Open champion Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark share seventh on five under par.

At four under par, Joanna Klatten of France and United States Solheim Cup winner Cristie Kerr are tied for 10th.

Round 2 - Pedersen fires sparkling 64 to take lead

September 25, 2015
Emily Kristine Pedersen, R2 Lacoste Ladies Open de France 2015

Ladies European Tour rookie professional Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark shot a sparkling six under par 64 to take a three stroke lead at midway in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

Pedersen, 19, from Smoerum, bogeyed the first and third holes but quickly recovered after finding the speed of the greens at Golf de Chantaco. She picked up her first birdie on the fifth hole and eagled the seventh before making five more birdies at the eighth, 10th, 12th, 15th and 17th.

At nine under par, Pedersen is three strokes ahead of Frenchwoman Celine Herbin, with fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen and first round leader Gwladys Nocera two strokes behind on four under par.

“After the rough start I was very happy about finishing six under,” said Pedersen, who received an invitation to play in the limited field event, featuring 78 players. “It’s given me extra motivation to prove I’m good enough to be here, because I wasn’t good enough to get into the tournament. It’s a narrow course so you have to be accurate with your irons and shots into the greens.”

Pedersen, who finished second at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland in May, shortly before finishing her school studies, is one of a new crop of talented Danish players on the Ladies European Tour. Jorgensen, who finished third behind fellow Dane Nicole Broch Larsen in Helsingborg three weeks ago, recognises that having a group of Danes on tour is helping them to relax off the golf course. She said: “It’s always fun when a lot of people from Denmark are playing well.”

Herbin set the clubhouse target earlier in the day with a second round of two under par 68. She made birdies on the par-5 sixth and seventh before dropping shots on the ninth and 11th. She eagled the 15th and immediately double bogeyed the 16th before finishing with birdies on 17 and 18.

“I’m pretty happy with the result,” said Herbin, whose caddie is Vicente Ballesteros, the brother of the late Severiano. “The end of the round was a little up and down. I had a very nice eagle on 15, which was two centimetres from being an albatross, and after I had a double and finished with two birdies. I have a very good feeling for this weekend. My game is in good shape.”

The 32-year-old, who lives in Santander, just across the Spanish border, continued: “It’s always very nice to play in France instead of wherever in the world and I feel very comfortable here. A lot of people are cheering.

“I was supposed to be playing in a Symetra Tour event this week but I changed my mind to play here. It was a good decision, I think.”

Round 1 - Nocera leading Lacoste Open

September 24, 2015
Gwladys Nocera, R1 Lacoste Ladies Open de France 2015

European Solheim Cup player Gwladys Nocera thrilled the home galleries with a fantastic five under par 65 to lead after the first round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

In fine conditions, Nocera fired five birdies to end a stroke ahead of fellow Frenchwoman Celine Herbin at Golf de Chantaco, a scenic course located between The Rhûne Mountain and the Atlantic coast in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine.

“I started the day a little bit slow and after a couple of holes I told myself, you decided to come here, you’ve always wanted to win this tournament, so get your act together and play golf,” said Nocera, 40, who played in the Evian Championship and then The Solheim Cup in Germany last week. “Sometimes after two tough weeks like we went through, it’s easy to not give everything you have because you’re tired, but I really want to win this tournament and I think in the back of my head it hit me. I kept on playing better and made a few putts, so it’s really nice to end the day like that.”

Ladies European Tour rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, Marianne Skarpnord, Cathryn Bristow and Marion Ricordeau share third position on three under par.

European Solheim Cup team member Azahara Munoz from Spain is seeking to become the first player to win the Open de France three times in succession and she shares a nine-way tie for seventh place on two under par 68, alongside her English teammate Charley Hull.

Fellow Spanish Solheim Cup player Carlota Ciganda was four under through 17 holes but made a quadruple bogey eight on the last after twice shanking the ball right out of bounds and she signed for a level par 70. United States Solheim Cup winner Cristie Kerr struggled to a four over par 74 after recording two double bogeys on the back nine, on 11 and 18.

However, Fiona Puyo from France was all smiles after a hole in one at the 141-yard 12th using her 8-iron. After signing for a two over par 72, she said: “I didn’t see the ball go in, because the green is uphill, but I heard the cheers from the crowd and I knew the ball went in! I was told it pitched two yards behind the pin and came back in with the spin. It’s my second hole-in-one: I made one during the 2011 French match play championship when I was still an amateur. So it’s my first one as a pro!”

The Lacoste Ladies Open de France continues on Friday, followed by a cut to the leading 50 players and those tied after the second round.


Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Celine HERBIN 66 68 65 70 -11 269 € 37,500.00
2 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 67 64 68 70 -11 269 € 25,375.00
3 Malene JORGENSEN 69 67 68 67 -9 271 € 17,500.00
4 Charley HULL 68 69 68 67 -8 272 € 13,500.00
5 Joanna KLATTEN 68 71 67 67 -7 273 € 10,600.00
6 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 72 66 69 67 -6 274 € 8,750.00
7 Azahara MUNOZ 68 69 66 72 -5 275 € 6,100.00
7 Pamela PRETSWELL 69 68 66 72 -5 275 € 6,100.00
7 Klara SPILKOVA 70 70 69 66 -5 275 € 6,100.00
7 Cristie KERR 74 67 65 69 -5 275 € 6,100.00
11 Marianne SKARPNORD 67 72 66 71 -4 276 € 4,235.00
11 Holly CLYBURN 71 73 67 65 -4 276 € 4,235.00
11 Eleanor GIVENS 72 69 69 66 -4 276 € 4,235.00
11 Georgia HALL 76 64 68 68 -4 276 € 4,235.00
11 Dewi Claire SCHREEFEL 68 70 71 67 -4 276 € 4,235.00
16 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 70 70 68 69 -3 277 € 3,650.00
16 Trish JOHNSON 68 70 69 70 -3 277 € 3,650.00
16 Amy BOULDEN 69 74 66 68 -3 277 € 3,650.00
19 Gwladys NOCERA 65 71 68 74 -2 278 € 3,450.00
20 Sally WATSON 71 71 70 67 -1 279 € 3,085.00
20 Jade SCHAEFFER 70 72 69 68 -1 279 € 3,085.00
20 Beth ALLEN 75 65 68 71 -1 279 € 3,085.00
20 Camilla LENNARTH 71 71 66 71 -1 279 € 3,085.00
20 Katie BURNETT 70 70 71 68 -1 279 € 3,085.00
25 Minea BLOMQVIST 70 71 68 71 E 280 € 2,775.00
25 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 68 69 68 75 E 280 € 2,775.00
25 Margherita RIGON 71 70 69 70 E 280 € 2,775.00
28 Stacey KEATING 71 71 68 71 1 281 € 2,587.50
28 Giulia SERGAS 70 69 70 72 1 281 € 2,587.50
30 Christine WOLF 70 68 77 67 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Ursula WIKSTROM 71 70 68 73 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Carlota CIGANDA 70 70 70 72 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Marion RICORDEAU 67 72 76 67 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Isabelle BOINEAU 68 74 71 69 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Liz YOUNG 68 73 71 70 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Carly BOOTH 71 66 71 74 2 282 € 2,212.50
30 Amelia LEWIS 70 71 69 72 2 282 € 2,212.50
38 Valentine DERREY 70 72 73 68 3 283 € 1,800.00
38 Florentyna PARKER 73 69 69 72 3 283 € 1,800.00
38 Becky MORGAN 72 71 70 70 3 283 € 1,800.00
41 Caroline AFONSO 72 70 71 71 4 284 € 1,612.50
41 Rebecca ARTIS 73 70 72 69 4 284 € 1,612.50
41 Cathryn BRISTOW 67 72 72 73 4 284 € 1,612.50
41 Whitney HILLIER 73 70 68 73 4 284 € 1,612.50
45 Lucie ANDRE 74 69 72 70 5 285 € 1,537.50
45 Nina HOLLEDER 69 72 72 72 5 285 € 1,537.50
47 Fabienne IN-ALBON 73 67 71 75 6 286 € 1,500.00
47 Justine DREHER 69 72 70 75 6 286
49 Sophie SANDOLO 71 71 73 74 9 289 € 1,475.00
50 Ines LESCUDIER 74 70 73 75 12 292
51 Stephanie NA 72 72 76 74 14 294 € 1,450.00
52 Alexandra VILATTE 71 74 5 145
52 Holly AITCHISON 70 75 5 145
52 Stefania CROCE 70 75 5 145
52 Maha HADDIOUI 70 75 5 145
56 Vikki LAING 72 74 6 146
56 Bree ARTHUR 70 76 6 146
56 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 69 77 6 146
56 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 73 73 6 146
60 Ariane PROVOT 77 70 7 147
60 Becky BREWERTON 76 71 7 147
60 Diana LUNA 72 75 7 147
63 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 77 71 8 148
63 Marie FOURQUIER 75 73 8 148
63 Hannah BURKE 75 73 8 148
63 Fiona PUYO 72 76 8 148
63 Rebecca HUDSON 74 74 8 148
63 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 74 74 8 148
69 Hannah RALPH 75 74 9 149
69 Sophie WALKER 74 75 9 149
69 Chloe LEURQUIN 76 73 9 149
69 Maria BALIKOEVA 73 76 9 149
73 Emilie PIQUOT 80 70 10 150
74 Kylie WALKER 74 77 11 151
75 Leigh WHITTAKER 70 83 13 153
76 Mathilda CAPPELIEZ 68 72 E 140
77 Albane VALENZUELA 76 6 76
78 Laurette MARITZ 70 74 38 7 182 € 1,425.00



DATES:  Sep 24-27
SITE:  Chantaco Golf Club
PRIZE MONEY: €250,000
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Solheim Cup winner Cristie Kerr from the United States and four members of the European team have made the short trip from Germany to play in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, starting on Thursday at Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine.

The defending champion Azahara Muñoz is joined by her Spanish Solheim Cup partner Carlota Ciganda and fellow team mates Charley Hull from England and Gwladys Nocera, who will be teeing up on home soil.

Winner of the last two editions at Chantaco, Muñoz will be looking to win for the third year in succession. Only Frenchwoman Marie-Laure de Lorenzi and England’s Trish Johnson have won the title three times, although not consecutively. The world’s number 26, Muñoz will be among the favourites for the title, as will the in-form Ciganda.

The 14-time Ladies European Tour champion Nocera, who won the Lalla Meryem Cup in March, will be among the 19 French players competing for their national title, while Hull will be looking to claim her second victory having won in Morocco last year.

Lacoste ambassador Kerr will make her tournament debut in the 25th staging of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and the former world number one is expected to pose a formidable challenge. The 37-year-old has earned 17 tournament victories including two majors: the 2007 US Women’s Open and the 2010 LPGA Championship. She is also the highest ranked player in the field at 15th in the world.

In addition to the stars of The Solheim Cup, the field of 78 players features four other Ladies European Tour winners in 2015: Beth Allen of the United States (ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters), Australian Rebecca Artis (Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open), England’s Hannah Burke (Tipsport Golf Masters) and Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark (Helsingborg Open), who tied for 11th place at the Evian Championship a fortnight ago, which was the best performance from a European player in the final Major of the season.

Australian Stacey Keating, winner of the event when it was first played at Chantaco in 2012 and three-time French Open winner Trish Johnson will be looking for repeat success in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, while the talented young Danish duo Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who tied for 25th in the Evian Championship, will continue their rivalry in the race to be crowned Rookie of the Year.

2014 winner Azahara Munoz of Spain is presented with her trophy by the Jean Lou Charon, President of the French GOlf Federation . Credit: Tristan Jones

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