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Round 4 - Reid secures Turkish Airlines title

May 20, 2015
Melissa Reid, Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

England’s Melissa Reid led from start to finish to secure her fifth Ladies European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open – the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday.

The 27-year-old fired rounds of 65, 69, 74 and 73 at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, for a total of 11 under par and a four stroke win over Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera.

One stroke clear going into the final round, Reid birdied the first hole and she quickly gained a four stroke advantage after her closest challenger Pamela Pretswell dropped four shots in her first five holes. Reid bogeyed the sixth and Nocera moved within two of the lead after 11 holes, but she then dropped two strokes at 15 and 18 as Reid came home with 12 steady pars.

Reid teed up on the Carya course without a practice round and dominated the tournament from the first round with a career best eight under par.

“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special,” said Reid, collecting the trophy for the second time after her 2010 victory at nearby National Golf Club.

Reid’s last victory came at the Prague Golf Masters in 2012, which she won a month after the tragic loss of her mother, Joy, and her success in Turkey completed a difficult emotional journey for the popular and talented player.

After a tough period on the course and personally, she now feels that her game is better than ever and said: “I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs. He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life. It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”

This puts Reid’s career right back on track and she is now on the verge of a second Solheim Cup appearance.

Nocera is another player who is determined to make the European team. She almost pulled out of the tournament with an ankle injury sustained during a photoshoot a month ago, but played through pain and in heavy strapping as she finished solo second on seven under par.

“If you would have told me I could finish second before the week I would have signed for it. This shows me what I have and even when I’m not 100 per cent I can still play well, so I think that’s another thing I’ve learned and it was great. I’ve hit the ball really well, not as long off the tee, but I managed to stay on the dance floor, so that was the main thing,” said Nocera, who will turn 40 on Friday.

Dame Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place on six under par, while Pretswell slipped into sixth place after a final round of 78.

Watson said: “I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa. I can’t complain with a third place finish: highest of the year so far.”

Davies said: “It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept. I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies. Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”

The first golf tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday was hailed as a great success by fans, sponsors and media around the globe who supported the LET’s #LETwednesday campaign. The move was designed to attract wider television audiences by moving women’s professional golf into a new space within world sport.

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Round 3 - Reid holds on to lead, Prestwell closing in

May 19, 2015
Melissa Reid, R3 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Melissa Reid kept the lead for a third successive day at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open – despite being caught by Pamela Pretswell after 15 holes.

Reid made a slow start in the scorching conditions at Carya Golf Club in Belek on Tuesday afternoon and played the front nine in level par before making a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole.

The 2010 tournament winner was caught at 10 under by Pretswell when the 26-year-old Scot birdied the 15th hole, but after both players birdied the 17th, Pretswell dropped a shot on the uphill par-4 18th to give Reid a one stroke advantage at 11 under par.

“It was really tough this afternoon,” said Reid, after a third round of one over par 74. “The greens are borderline unplayable, they are so firm. We were struggling to hold wedges onto it and Gwladys hit a couple of really nice chips and they ran out 15 yards. It was tough. I always felt like I was in between clubs. I was needing a nine and a half iron, eight and a half iron. I’m quite happy in a way that I’ve played it in these conditions because hopefully tomorrow I can play a bit better.”

Pretswell had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the 10th hole in her third round of 72.She said: “It was a wee bit tougher today because the course kind of changed midway with the warm weather. The course started to dry out a bit and the greens got a little bit faster. I played some good stuff but has a couple of bad holes which let me down, but I’m happy with the way I played today.”

Fellow Scot Sally Watson occupies third place after a five under par 68, while there are four Scots in the top 12 places.

Watson said: “It’s nice to have a couple of Scots up there on the leader board. It’s a good thing for Scottish golf and I’m still a couple back, so I’ll keep fighting on every shot and try to claw back shots as quickly as I can.”

Lucie Andre of France and Australian Rebecca Artis are tied for fourth place, with leading LET rookie Nanna Koertz Madsen of Denmark, England’s Dame Laura Davies, Scot Kylie Walker and Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera in a share of sixth on five under par. Scotland’s Carly Booth, Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud and Lynn Carlsson from Sweden are tied for 10th place.

The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open is the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday, with the aim to increase live television coverage. Continued sunshine is expected for Wednesday’s final round.

Round 2 - Reid retains lead, Prestwell solo second

May 18, 2015
Melissa Reid, R2 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Melissa Reid kept her overnight lead and moved three strokes clear of the field midway through the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in Belek, Antalya, on Monday.

Reid, who opened with a career low 65, had a shaky start to the second round with a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole at Carya Golf Club, but she quickly recovered with birdies on the 14th and 17th holes. After a bogey on the par-3 second, she then stormed home with five birdies in her last six holes to post a 12 under par total.

After signing for a second round of four under par 69, Reid, who won the event at National Golf Club in 2010, said: “I just short sided myself on the par 3 13th and I misjudged the chip, so I was a little bit frustrated, but at the same time it gave me a kick up the bum. I played okay. I didn’t play great this morning, I feel fine now. I tried to stay patient because I knew that there were birdie opportunities out there. I knew at the start of the day that I wanted to get to 12 under so that was my goal the whole day.”

Reid’s opening round on Sunday was the first time she has played the course and the four-time LET winner revealed that the last time she skipped a practice round, she won the tournament, at the Prague Golf Masters, in 2012.

“I just rocked up to the event the day before, didn’t have a practice round and won, so it’s not turning out to be too bad,” Reid said. “I knew that on this course, it wasn’t necessary to have a practice round. You can’t play certain courses like Morocco without a practice round, as you need to try a few shots, but here, it’s all in front of you. It’s pretty wide, so you’re fine.”

Pamela Pretswell matched Reid’s opening round of eight under par 65 for the lowest round of her three-year professional career and moved into solo second position.

Pretswell, ranked eighth on the current order of merit, is on a roll after three top 10s and a top 12 from her first five LET tournaments this season and she had eight birdies in her flawless second round.

“Yesterday I played well but didn’t get my putts. Today I played some really solid golf and made quite a few birdies out there,” said Pretswell, whose father William is her regular caddie.

The 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup winner continued: “This is my third year on tour now so I feel a lot more settled and a lot of parts of my game have got a lot stronger. The last couple of seasons I’ve not been able to put four rounds together.”

A stroke behind Pretswell, Gwladys Nocera lies in outright third place on eight under par after registering a three under par 70, despite playing with a painful ankle injury.

Carly Booth and Rebecca Artis are tied for fourth on six under par. Booth was thrilled after completing identical opening rounds of 70.

“It’s funny because both days I’ve had the exact same stats: 11 fairways, 14 greens and 30 putts,” Booth said. “I’m playing very steady and there were a lot of missed chances for birdie out there as well, but I’m hitting good putts. I think the course suits my game a lot. I’m feeling confident with my golf swing at the moment, I’m visualising the shots a lot better and the course suits me.”

Lucie Andre and Amy Boulden are tied for sixth, with last year’s Slovak Open winner Camilla Lennarth in eighth place. Dame Laura Davies, who was a stroke off the lead after the first round, slipped back into a share of ninth place on three under par with nine other players after a second round of four over par 77.

Round 1 - Reid takes lead with career lowest round

May 17, 2015
Melissa Reid, R1 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Melissa Reid shot her lowest score as a professional – a blemish-free eight under par 65 – to take the first round lead at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in Belek, Antalya, on Sunday.

The 2010 tournament champion at nearby National Golf Club, Reid was playing her first round on The Carya course as she parred the first four holes before going on to pick up eight birdies, including five on the back nine.

“I hadn’t seen the course, so perhaps that’s the way forward. I walked about 12 holes yesterday to look at a few tee shots but I played about the last seven holes completely blind,” said Reid, 27, from Derby in England.

Reid’s score bettered by one stroke the clubhouse lead previously held by her Solheim Cup partner, Dame Laura Davies.

“Just before I went out I saw Laura birdie her last hole so I knew that she’d had a good round, which was nice to see. I knew that there was a low score out there so I tried to keep in touch with her, so to shoot eight under was nice,” said Reid, who two months ago finished second at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

Earlier in the day, Davies produced some vintage form as she fired eight birdies and dropped just one stroke on the first hole.

The four-time major winner, who is soon to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, said: “I played well, hit 18 greens. I had a problem down the first when I moved a twig and my ball moved, but I then hit the shot onto the green, so I figured I hit 18 greens today, which is always a good feeling. I drove it well, hit two dodgy tee shots and putted nicely. It was the first time in I don’t know how long.”

The current Ladies European Tour order of merit leader Gwladys Nocera carded a five under par round of 68 to end the day in third position. The recent Lalla Meryem Cup winner fired four birdies, an eagle and a bogey as she played with a painful ankle injury.

She said: “I ripped a tendon four weeks ago falling off a golf cart, so I had a cast and I had crutches. It’s not healed yet but I’m working on it and the physio from the French Federation is here working on it, so that’s why I have a really nice strap that allows me to play. It’s painful and that’s why I didn’t play China, because I couldn’t walk, so it’s better.

“I’m really pleased with today. I’m not physically 100 per cent so I’m trying to play smart and not to do anything stupid, not to be too greedy.”

In joint fourth place are Noora Tamminen, Rebecca Artis and Caroline Martens on four under par.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Melissa REID 65 69 74 73 -11 281 € 75,000.00
2 Gwladys NOCERA 68 70 76 71 -7 285 € 45,000.00
3 Laura DAVIES 66 77 71 72 -6 286 € 23,500.00
3 Sally WATSON 72 71 68 75 -6 286 € 23,500.00
3 Kylie WALKER 72 74 68 72 -6 286 € 23,500.00
6 Pamela PRETSWELL 72 65 72 78 -5 287 € 15,500.00
7 Lucie ANDRE 71 70 71 76 -4 288 € 12,833.33
7 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 75 73 70 70 -4 288 € 12,833.33
7 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 71 73 72 72 -4 288 € 12,833.33
10 Lynn CARLSSON 72 71 72 75 -2 290 € 10,500.00
10 Rebecca ARTIS 69 71 72 78 -2 290 € 10,500.00
10 Carly BOOTH 70 70 75 75 -2 290 € 10,500.00
10 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 72 75 67 76 -2 290 € 10,500.00
10 Beth ALLEN 72 71 73 74 -2 290 € 10,500.00
15 Marianne SKARPNORD 72 74 74 71 -1 291 € 8,300.00
15 Lina BOQVIST 73 73 70 75 -1 291 € 8,300.00
15 Louise STAHLE 76 73 69 73 -1 291 € 8,300.00
15 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 74 74 72 71 -1 291 € 8,300.00
15 Isabelle BOINEAU 70 73 73 75 -1 291 € 8,300.00
20 Lauren TAYLOR 71 76 72 73 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Tonje DAFFINRUD 75 68 72 77 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Camilla LENNARTH 71 71 76 74 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Chloe LEURQUIN 70 73 73 76 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Bree ARTHUR 76 72 68 76 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Malene JORGENSEN 70 75 75 72 E 292 € 6,750.00
20 Georgia HALL 72 71 77 72 E 292 € 6,750.00
27 Ursula WIKSTROM 72 76 72 73 1 293 € 5,325.00
27 Liz YOUNG 71 74 72 76 1 293 € 5,325.00
29 Amy BOULDEN 71 70 79 74 2 294 € 4,950.00
29 Caroline AFONSO 76 73 71 74 2 294 € 4,950.00
29 Stefania CROCE 77 74 70 73 2 294 € 4,950.00
32 Christine WOLF 75 74 72 74 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Fabienne IN-ALBON 73 74 74 74 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 80 71 66 78 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 73 70 74 78 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Caroline MARTENS 69 80 73 73 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Ssu-Chia CHENG 75 73 76 71 3 295 € 4,200.00
32 Maria BALIKOEVA 73 76 75 71 3 295 € 4,200.00
39 Holly CLYBURN 73 74 77 72 4 296 € 3,433.33
39 Florentyna PARKER 73 75 72 76 4 296 € 3,433.33
39 Stacey KEATING 77 74 72 73 4 296 € 3,433.33
42 Miriam NAGL 74 76 72 75 5 297 € 3,100.00
43 Marta SANZ BARRIO 78 73 73 74 6 298 € 2,850.00
43 Daisy NIELSEN 76 73 72 77 6 298 € 2,850.00
43 Marion RICORDEAU 74 77 70 77 6 298 € 2,850.00
43 Klara SPILKOVA 77 69 75 77 6 298 € 2,850.00
47 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 76 73 74 76 7 299 € 2,550.00
47 Maha HADDIOUI 74 75 74 76 7 299 € 2,550.00
49 Monique SMIT 75 75 76 74 8 300 € 2,300.00
49 Laura JANSONE 76 71 75 78 8 300 € 2,300.00
49 Noora TAMMINEN 69 82 74 75 8 300 € 2,300.00
52 Sophie SANDOLO 74 77 74 76 9 301 € 2,100.00
53 Nicole GARCIA 75 75 77 75 10 302 € 1,950.00
53 Holly AITCHISON 75 75 77 75 10 302 € 1,950.00
55 Alex PETERS 75 76 76 76 11 303 € 1,660.00
55 Lien WILLEMS 72 79 75 77 11 303 € 1,660.00
55 Linda HENRIKSSON 72 79 77 75 11 303 € 1,660.00
55 Vikki LAING 73 70 83 77 11 303 € 1,660.00
55 Melissa EATON 72 74 80 77 11 303 € 1,660.00
60 Nina HOLLEDER 79 72 76 77 12 304 € 1,475.00
60 Csilla LAJTAI-ROZSA 74 74 80 76 12 304 € 1,475.00
62 Diana LUNA 75 76 76 78 13 305 € 1,400.00
63 Emma GODDARD 78 73 77 78 14 306 € 1,325.00
63 Martyna MIERZWA 73 77 80 76 14 306 € 1,325.00
65 Steffi KIRCHMAYR 73 77 79 78 15 307 € 1,225.00
65 Virginia ESPEJO 73 74 83 77 15 307 € 1,225.00
67 Hannah RALPH 74 76 77 84 19 311 € 1,150.00
68 Emma WESTIN 78 73 76 86 21 313 € 1,100.00
CUT
69 Rebecca CODD 75 77 6 152
69 Mireia PRAT 73 79 6 152
69 Bonita BREDENHANN 74 78 6 152
69 Carin KOCH 79 73 6 152
69 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 74 78 6 152
69 Laura MURRAY 72 80 6 152
75 Kelsey MACDONALD 77 76 7 153
75 Sharmila NICOLLET 77 76 7 153
75 Connie CHEN 74 79 7 153
75 Mathilda CAPPELIEZ 77 76 7 153
75 Rebecca HUDSON 77 76 7 153
75 Whitney HILLIER 74 79 7 153
75 Elisa SERRAMIA 75 78 7 153
75 Alexandra VILATTE 73 80 7 153
75 Caroline ROMINGER 76 77 7 153
75 Becky BREWERTON 80 73 7 153
75 Margherita RIGON 75 78 7 153
75 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 77 76 7 153
75 Amber RATCLIFFE 73 80 7 153
88 Anais MAGGETTI 77 77 8 154
88 Rebecca SORENSEN 76 78 8 154
88 Carmen ALONSO 79 75 8 154
88 Minea BLOMQVIST 73 81 8 154
88 Anna Christina KINDGREN 79 75 8 154
88 Valentine DERREY 77 77 8 154
88 Sarah-Jane BOYD 77 77 8 154
88 Anjelika HAMMAR 77 77 8 154
88 Anne VAN DAM 76 78 8 154
88 Sophie GUSTAFSON 78 76 8 154
88 Louise FRIBERG 76 78 8 154
99 Paula HURTADO 78 77 9 155
99 Sahra HASSAN 78 77 9 155
99 Jade SCHAEFFER 77 78 9 155
99 Celine HERBIN 81 74 9 155
103 Marika VOSS 77 79 10 156
103 Eleanor GIVENS 78 78 10 156
103 Heather MACRAE 77 79 10 156
103 Louise LARSSON 78 78 10 156
103 Linda WESSBERG 78 78 10 156
108 Emma CABRERA-BELLO 78 79 11 157
108 Nina MUEHL 76 81 11 157
108 Isabella RAMSAY 80 77 11 157
108 Leigh WHITTAKER 77 80 11 157
108 Linnea STROM 77 80 11 157
113 Hannah BURKE 78 80 12 158
114 Charlotte ELLIS 76 83 13 159
114 Josephine JANSON 80 79 13 159
114 Melanie MAETZLER 76 83 13 159
114 Stephanie NA 82 77 13 159
114 Laurette MARITZ 81 78 13 159
119 Georgina SIMPSON 76 84 14 160
119 Trish JOHNSON 72 88 14 160
121 Sena ERSOY 86 77 17 163
121 Cathryn BRISTOW 81 82 17 163
123 Elina NUMMENPAA 83 81 18 164
124 Henni ZUEL 86 83 23 169
125 Begum YILMAZ 88 15 88
126 Sezgi KILIC 90 17 90

 

Preview

DATES:  May 17-20
SITE:  Carya Golf Club, Belek, Antalya
PRIZE MONEY: €500,000
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Radical innovation at Turkish Airlines Ladies Open boosts value for broadcasters and sponsors seeking to avoid ‘Sunday clutter’

The Ladies European Tour (LET) is leading the way in experimenting with the way golf is consumed. As part of the LET’s dynamic ‘More than a Tour’ marketing and event strategy the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open is the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday. The tournament is to be played from Sunday 17th to Wednesday 20th May.

The pioneering move is one of a tranche of innovations aimed at boosting the profile of the sport both on television and at the event and has been met with enthusiasm from broadcasters and commercial partners.

The growing tournament will be broadcast on live television in 60 countries and 243 million homes, and there is record prize money of 500,000 euros, an increase of 100 per cent on 2014.

Further innovations such as floodlit 18th hole coverage may prepare the ground for a potential floodlit tournament in the future.

Breaking with the traditional Sunday finish will ensure that the tournament receives extended live television coverage on Sky Sports and Golf Channel and will be watched in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, the LET’s CEO: “The Ladies European Tour (LET) strategy includes exploring new ways to provide maximum exposure to women’s golf, widening the fan base beyond traditional golf fans, reflecting the reality of changed consumer behaviours and avoiding busy weekends which are over populated with so many sports.”

The LET and players on the tour will be supporting the initiative through social media with the #LETwednesday and #LOVEwednesday hashtags, along with the LET changing it’s social media profile for the tournament.

The story comes after the LET recently announced a new ten-year deal with premier watchmaker Omega, and a lucrative extension to its broadcast deal with Sky Sports in the UK.

The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open is a popular tournament on the LET and continues to grow.

Dr Bulent Göktuna, the Chairman of Mineks International, event promoter: “The doubling of the prize fund to 500,000 Euro is the first step. Our ambition is to put the event on to the world stage. The Wednesday finish is unique for all, but will have a massive effect on the TV exposure worldwide.”

Carin Koch, 2015 European Solheim Cup Captain: “The Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort is a first class resort with all of the amenities that a golfer could possibly want. The superb golf course is conveniently located in front of the impressive hotel. I always enjoy visiting Turkey as it’s the perfect destination for Europeans to catch some sunshine whatever the season. I very much look forward to next year’s tournament which will provide me with the perfect opportunity to watch some of the players who will be under consideration for my European Solheim Cup Team.”

This September, the LET’s players will compete for a third victory in a row at the Solheim Cup, played at the St Leon-Rot Club in Germany. The bidding process for the 2019 Solheim Cup has attracted formal interest from ten European countries, delegations from which attended a bidding seminar at LET headquarters at the The Buckinghamshire Club in the UK.





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