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Round 4 - Cristie Kerr wins Lacoste Ladies Open de France

October 08, 2017
Cristie Kerr, Lacoste Ladies Open de France 2017

American Cristie Kerr led from start to finish to complete an emotional victory at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, for her first win on the Ladies European Tour.

A 19-time winner on the LPGA, Kerr was inspired to a dominant performance by playing for a cancer charity.

“I played for cancer and we lost Cassandra (Kirkland) and we lost a good friend of mine back home on Tuesday to cancer. I’m sorry, but f*** cancer,” said Kerr, who is well known for her fundraising work for Birdies for Breast Cancer.

Players were asked to donate five euros for every birdie recorded during the first two rounds of the tournament to a charity called ARTIC, in memory of Ladies European Tour player Cassandra Kirkland, who died from cancer in April. Kerr declared that she would make a US$5000 donation to the charity.

“I played for them, and I played for myself. I’m so sorry to say the F word, but I’m so sick of people losing people to cancer,” she said, fighting back tears throughout her post-round interview.

After holing out with her second shot for eagle on 18 in her third round, she nodded to the blue sky above and she again pointed to the heavens after making a par on the final hole for a total of 17-under-par and a four-stroke margin of victory.

“I’ve been having an angel on my shoulder all week. I was on a mission and I got it done for them,” she said.

Kerr began the final round with an enormous nine stroke lead, but despite a birdie barrage from China’s Xi Yu Lin, no-one could threaten the United States’ all-time Solheim Cup points’ scorer.

“Sometimes it’s really hard to play with a big lead, because you get complacent and so many people played well this week, but I’m happy to come out with the trophy,” said Kerr, the world number 14, who won the LOTTE Championship in April.

Kerr stamped her authority on the championship with an eight-under 62 at Golf de Chantaco on Thursday, registering eight birdies and taking a three-stroke lead into round two.

She fired another six birdies in a flawless second-round of 64 on Saturday and then completed a third-round 68 on Sunday morning, including two birdies and an eagle on the back nine.

Kerr ground out 17 pars and a single birdie on the long 15th hole in glorious sunshine at Golf de Chantaco, the Lacoste family’s home course, for a final round of 69, just four days before her 40th birthday.

In the final round, China’s Lin made back-to-back bogeys on the second and third holes, but then sprinted into second position with eight birdies for a round of 64 and a total of 13-under-par.

The two-time tournament winner Azahara Muñoz, who won the title in 2013 and 2014, had earlier posted a 69 and ended in third position on eight-under.

Anne Van Dam made four birdies in her first seven holes to get within five of the lead, but then dropped four strokes on the back nine, slipping into fourth position alongside Holly Clyburn.

Also in the top-10 were Agathe Sauzon (63), Whitney Hillier (68) and Belen Mozo (70), who tied for sixth place, while the 2016 champion Beth Allen tied for ninth place with the 2015 winner Céline Herbin, Valentine Derrey, Noora Tamminen and Klara Spilkova, the Lalla Meryem Cup winner in April.

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Cristie KERR 62 64 68 69 -17 263 € 37,500.00
2 Xi Yu LIN 68 68 67 64 -13 267 € 22,500.00
3 Azahara MUNOZ 68 70 65 69 -8 272 € 15,000.00

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Round 3 - Bogey free Cristie Kerr goes to 14-under

October 07, 2017
Cristie Kerr, R3 Lacoste Ladies Open de France

American Cristie Kerr fired a second round of six-under-par 64 at Golf de Chantaco on Saturday to post a bogey-free 36-hole total of 14-under-par and lead the Lacoste Ladies Open de France by six strokes.

After recording eight birdies in her first round on Thursday, Kerr rested on Friday when the afternoon’s play was suspended due to a waterlogged golf course and unplayable conditions, but she returned to fire six birdies on Saturday, at the second, fourth, fifth, 12th, 14th and 17th holes.

“I played very well and hung in there when I wasn’t hitting it quite as good. I’ve got to give myself putts and then it’s about willing it into the hole. I’ve got a lot to play for this week,” said the 39-year-old from Miami, who has earned 26 professional titles in 20 years on tour.

Van Dam, one of the longest hitters on the LET, moved into second position on eight-under-par after a 67. Carrying the ball 290 yards from the tee onto damp fairways allowed the Dutchwoman to get into the ideal position to attack the pins and gave her a huge advantage, but she took some time to adjust to the pace of the greens, which were unplayable on Friday afternoon.

As the sunshine beamed down on Saint-Jean-de-Luz on Saturday, the course was gradually drying out and Van Dam said: “I’m playing pretty steady, not spectacularly good but my missed shots are very decent and I’m not in a lot of trouble. I made a three-putt on 17 and I had two good putts but it bumped away and you have to accept that.”

With a second-round 69, Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom advanced to third position on six-under, having made three birdies on Friday morning before play was suspended.

Spanish pair Belen Mozo and Patricia Sanz Barrio were tied for fourth place on five-under-par with French teenager Mathilde Claisse and fellow Frenchwoman Isabelle Boineau, Xi Yu Lin, Christine Wolf and Klara Spilkova were a stroke further behind in joint seventh place.

Claisse, who represented Europe in the recent PING Junior Solheim Cup in Iowa, said: “I had a good start with a birdie on the first hole and on the eighth and ninth, it was a bit hard and I was a bit stressed, and then at the end my recovery was great and with the atmosphere I made some birdies, so I have to learn. I’m here to enjoy my week and do my best.”

The 16-year-old amateur from Racing Club de France in Paris is a member of the French National Team and plans to attend South Carolina University from 2019. She will have an experience to remember this week, playing in the penultimate group for the last two rounds with Mozo and Sanz Barrio, just ahead of Kerr, Van Dam and Wikstrom in the final group.

After the cut to the leading 53 players was made, the third round commenced from two tees at 16:00 local time on Saturday and will be completed on Sunday morning. There will be no re-draw for the fourth and final round, which will be played on Sunday afternoon.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
R2
R3
Total
Round 3
1
Cristie KERR
-16
62
64
68
194
2
Anne VAN DAM
-7
65
67
71
203
2
Ursula WIKSTROM
-7
65
69
69
203
2
Xi Yu LIN
-7
68
68
67
203
2
Azahara MUNOZ
-7
68
70
65
203
6
Beth ALLEN
-6
69
70
65
204
6
Belen MOZO
-6
66
69
69
204
6
Klara SPILKOVA
-6
66
70
68
204
9
Whitney HILLIER
-4
69
68
69
206
9
Amy BOULDEN
-4
70
67
69
206
9
Patricia SANZ BARRIO
-4
65
70
71
206
Round 2
1
Cristie KERR
-14
62
64
-
126
2
Anne VAN DAM
-8
65
67
-
132
3
Ursula WIKSTROM
-6
65
69
-
134
4
Mathilde CLAISSE (AM)
-5
67
68
-
135
4
Patricia SANZ BARRIO
-5
65
70
-
135
4
Belen MOZO
-5
66
69
-
135
7
Xi Yu LIN
-4
68
68
-
136
7
Klara SPILKOVA
-4
66
70
-
136
7
Christine WOLF
-4
68
68
-
136
7
Isabelle BOINEAU
-4
68
68
-
136

Round 2 - Play suspended due to unplayable conditions at Chantaco

October 06, 2017
Camilla Lennarth, R2 Lacoste Ladies Open de France

Friday’s second round at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France was suspended until Saturday morning due to unplayable conditions at Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Play was suspended at 11:58CT and abandoned for the day at 14:30 to due to a waterlogged golf course.

“There was a large amount of rainfall in the area last week and over the weekend, which had already saturated the golf course,” said Davide Lantos, the tournament director and the Ladies European Tour’s Director of Sport. “Although the course was playable in the morning, the additional rain flooded several greens and fairways and the course became unplayable. We tried to re-start in the afternoon but after another shower, the course remained extremely wet.”

Second round play will resume at 08:45 on Saturday and the intention is to complete 72 holes (four rounds).
The players who were on the golf course when play was suspended will return to the same positions to resume their second rounds at 8:45 on Saturday and the tee times will be adjusted for those whom had not yet teed off.

American Cristie Kerr, who shot an eight-under-par 62 to lead after Thursday’s first round, had not yet started her second round, but Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom was two under par after nine holes and only one stroke behind the leader. Another player taking advantage was Isabelle Boineau from France, who made three birdies at the first, second and sixth holes to hold a share of third place on five under par.

Round 1 - Kerr fires 62 to take Lacoste Opening lead

October 05, 2017
Cristie Kerr, Lacoste Ladies Open de France R1 2017

American Cristie Kerr described how playing for a cancer charity to celebrate the life of the late Ladies European Tour player Cassandra Kirkland inspired her to record an opening round of eight-under-par 62 in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz on Thursday.

The 78 competitors in the tournament field were asked to come to the course dressed in white, the official colour for lung cancer awareness and to donate five euros per birdie for the first two rounds of the tournament, with the proceeds to be donated to ARTIC, a charity close to Cassandra, who passed away from cancer in April.

Kerr, who became the all-time leading points-scorer for the United States team in The Solheim Cup in August, carded eight birdies on the first day to finish three strokes ahead of six other players.

“It was a perfect day: raising money for a cancer charity out there and it was emotional,” said the 39-year-old from Miami, adding: “I lost a good friend a couple of days ago to cancer and we are raising money in memory of Cassandra. I went out wanting to play inspired and I did.”

Kerr, who is actively involved in fundraising for breast cancer research, through the foundation she founded, called Birdies for Breast Cancer, has 19 wins, including two Major championship victories, on the LPGA Tour, as well as one win on the Futures Tour.

She remains determined to achieve her goals and added: “I know my game is there. I think what sets me apart sometimes is the fire in my belly and the determination to get it done. I am playing for a cause this week, so I was happy to have a great round.

“It was great, especially with the course not in perfect condition. I went out there and got it done. That’s what champions do, so I have to keep plugging, keep trying and have some consistent days.”

The players on five-under-par are the French pair Justine Dreher and Camille Chevalier, Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands, Patricia Sanz Barrio from Spain, Ursula Wikstrom from Finland and Annabel Dimmock from England. The Lalla Meryem Cup champion Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic, Belen Mozo from Spain and Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord are all a stroke further behind on four-under-par.

Although the course has taken a huge amount of water over the last week, Kerr said that she grew up playing in similar conditions and for Mozo, who hit the headlines on Monday due to voicing her displeasure at playing in what she considered to be dangerously windy conditions in the New Zealand Women’s Open, the conditions were perfect.

After her round, she said: “I missed Europe so much! I know the trip was long but my mindset was positive because I was happy and I don’t feel jet lagged at all. I forgot how easy it is to play in no wind. It’s not easy and the course has its challenges, because of how wet it is, but you have to adapt every week to different scenarios, so in seven years on tour I’ve learned how to adapt.”

Mozo’s compatriot Azahara Muñoz, targeting a hat-trick in the tournament after victories in 2013 and 2014, opened with a two-under-par 68. The defending champion, Beth Allen and the 2015 champion, Céline Herbin, both shot first rounds of one-under-par.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
1
Cristie KERR
-8
62
T2
Justine DREHER
-5
65
T2
Anne VAN DAM
-5
65
T2
Camille CHEVALIER
-5
65
T2
Patricia SANZ BARRIO
-5
65
T2
Ursula WIKSTROM
-5
65
T2
Annabel DIMMOCK
-5
65
T8
Klara SPILKOVA
-4
66
T8
Belen MOZO
-4
66
T8
Marianne SKARPNORD
-4
66

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Cristie KERR 62 64 68 69 -17 263 € 37,500.00
2 Xi Yu LIN 68 68 67 64 -13 267 € 22,500.00
3 Azahara MUNOZ 68 70 65 69 -8 272 € 15,000.00
T4 Holly CLYBURN 68 69 70 66 -7 273 € 10,125.00
T4 Anne VAN DAM 65 67 71 70 -7 273 € 10,125.00
T6 Agathe SAUZON 70 69 72 63 -6 274 € 7,000.00
T6 Whitney HILLIER 69 68 69 68 -6 274 € 7,000.00
T6 Belen MOZO 66 69 69 70 -6 274 € 7,000.00
T9 Beth ALLEN 69 70 65 71 -5 275 € 5,550.00
T9 Celine HERBIN 69 71 67 68 -5 275 € 5,550.00
T9 Valentine DERREY 67 71 70 67 -5 275 € 5,550.00
T9 Noora TAMMINEN 70 68 69 68 -5 275 € 5,550.00
T9 Klara SPILKOVA 66 70 68 71 -5 275 € 5,550.00
T14 Georgia HALL 69 70 69 68 -4 276 € 4,675.00
T14 Felicity JOHNSON 68 72 70 66 -4 276 € 4,675.00
T16 Camilla LENNARTH 68 71 71 67 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Ariane PROVOT 70 68 70 69 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Lee-Anne PACE 69 71 69 68 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Johanna GUSTAVSSON 71 69 72 65 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Amy BOULDEN 70 67 69 71 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Camille CHEVALIER 65 72 70 70 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T16 Margherita RIGON 72 69 70 66 -3 277 € 3,892.86
T23 Joanna KLATTEN 69 71 69 69 -2 278 € 3,337.50
T23 Ursula WIKSTROM 65 69 69 75 -2 278 € 3,337.50
T25 Justine DREHER 65 74 70 70 -1 279 € 2,968.75
T25 Minea BLOMQVIST 68 72 70 69 -1 279 € 2,968.75
T25 Florentyna PARKER 67 73 72 67 -1 279 € 2,968.75
T25 Mathilde CLAISSE 67 68 72 72 -1 279
T25 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 65 70 71 73 -1 279 € 2,968.75
T30 Christine WOLF 68 68 72 73 1 281 € 2,612.50
T30 Diana LUNA 72 70 69 70 1 281 € 2,612.50
T32 Pamela PRETSWELL ASHER 73 66 71 72 2 282 € 2,255.00
T32 Marianne SKARPNORD 66 72 73 71 2 282 € 2,255.00
T32 Leticia RAS-ANDERICA 69 69 76 68 2 282 € 2,255.00
T32 Hannah BURKE 70 72 68 72 2 282 € 2,255.00
T32 Sophie WALKER 71 71 71 69 2 282 € 2,255.00
T37 Lynn CARLSSON 68 72 69 74 3 283 € 1,987.50
T37 Marion RICORDEAU 72 69 71 71 3 283 € 1,987.50
T39 Olivia COWAN 68 72 74 70 4 284 € 1,837.50
T39 Lydia HALL 67 74 71 72 4 284 € 1,837.50
T41 Annabel DIMMOCK 65 73 75 72 5 285 € 1,635.00
T41 Nicole GARCIA 70 72 72 71 5 285 € 1,635.00
T41 Victoria LOVELADY 74 69 70 72 5 285 € 1,635.00
T41 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 71 72 72 70 5 285 € 1,635.00
T41 Jade SCHAEFFER-CALMELS 69 74 70 72 5 285 € 1,635.00
T46 Eleanor GIVENS 67 73 72 74 6 286 € 1,537.50
T46 Liz YOUNG 70 72 73 71 6 286 € 1,537.50
48 Sarah KEMP 70 71 72 74 7 287 € 1,500.00
49 Isabelle BOINEAU 68 68 77 75 8 288 € 1,475.00
50 Chloe LEURQUIN 70 70 77 72 9 289 € 1,450.00
51 Krista BAKKER 73 70 73 75 11 291 € 1,425.00
52 Gwladys NOCERA 68 70 79 75 12 292 € 1,375.00
53 Meghan MACLAREN 69 73 77 78 17 297 € 1,325.00
CUT
T54 Trish JOHNSON 73 71 4 144
T54 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 72 72 4 144
T54 Alexandra VILATTE FARRET 73 71 4 144
T54 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 75 69 4 144
T54 Jessica KARLSSON 73 71 4 144
T54 Noemi JIMENEZ MARTIN 68 76 4 144
T54 Isabella RAMSAY 72 72 4 144
T54 Lina BOQVIST 70 74 4 144
T54 Linda WESSBERG 68 76 4 144
T54 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 74 70 4 144
T54 Kelsey MACDONALD 71 73 4 144
T65 Ana MENENDEZ 71 74 5 145
T65 Gemma DRYBURGH 70 75 5 145
T65 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 74 71 5 145
T68 Vikki LAING 76 70 6 146
T68 Maha HADDIOUI 71 75 6 146
T70 Vani KAPOOR 74 73 7 147
T70 Nuria ITURRIOS 73 74 7 147
T70 Kylie HENRY 72 75 7 147
T70 Maria PARRA 73 74 7 147
T70 Carly BOOTH 72 75 7 147
75 Eva GILLY 72 76 8 148
76 Lucie ANDRE 78 73 11 151
77 Alexandra BONETTI 80 82 22 162
Withdrawn Players
Giulia SERGAS 74 E

 

Preview

DATES: October 05-08
SITE: Chantaco Golf Club, Saint-Jean-de-Luz
PRIZE MONEY: $250,000
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Beth Allen defending title

The Ladies European Tour’s 2016 Order of Merit winner Beth Allen has returned to Golf de Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine, to defend her title at the 27th Lacoste Ladies Open de France, which starts tomorrow, at 8.45am local time.

The field of 78 competitors includes Solheim Cup stars Cristie Kerr (pictured below), Georgia Hall and Florentyna Parker as well as Azahara Muñoz, who won the title in 2013 and 2014 and captured the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España a fortnight ago.

With 18 French players in the field, there is the chance of a seventh home winner, following Céline Herbin’s triumph at Chantaco two years ago, in 2015. Gwladys Nocera, a winner of 14 titles on the LET and the No.1 in 2008, would love to capture her national title, as would Isabelle Boineau, the last French winner on the LET at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in 2016.

Trish Johnson is looking to become the first player to win the title for a fourth occasion, having won in 1996, 1999 and 2010 and Diana Luna will be keen to improve on her four second-place finishes in the event. She suffered two play-off defeats in the tournament, in 2010 and 2011 and finished second in 2012 and 2016, to Stacey Keating and Allen respectively.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the tournament has been played at Golf de Chantaco. Last year, Allen came from three strokes back with nine holes to play to earn a four-stroke victory over Luna and Florentyna Parker.

The LET spoke with Allen about her memories of her 2016 victory and she said: “It feels really good to be back as I’ve been looking forward to this week for a long time. I have a lot of good memories, especially of the back nine on the final day last year, because I was three down with nine to play and I finished well with a birdie on the last. I can remember every shot I hit on the back nine and I made birdie on 18 again today, which was nice.

“I’m looking forward to being out with Cristie and Aza in the morning as they are both my friends and great players. I will do my best on this course: I know it really well and if I play like I did last year then there’s no reason why I can’t do it again.

“This year has not been the best and I’ve scraped by in the States, but now I have more experience I think that it will be better next year. I know the ropes now. I started off the season really well and had a long drought when I lost some confidence but I’ve got some form for at the end of the year and hope to end on a good note.”

The course took 21mm of rain over three days from Saturday to Monday and was unplayable on Tuesday morning and Allen added: “The course is pretty wet but I know that they are doing their best to get it back together and I think having the sunshine today will help. I know it’s hard to mow greens when it’s this wet. It might play differently because you can really fly the ball to the hole, as the greens are so receptive. The course is playing a little longer and is not as bouncy, so I’m playing my approach shots about five to seven yards longer, because they are sticking due to being so wet.”

What to know about the Lacoste Ladies Open de France

• The championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious on the LET schedule. The first edition, in 1987, was won by Liselotte Neumann at Fourquex.
• Past winners in the field are Trish Johnson (1996, 1999 and 2010), Linda Wessberg (2007), Felicity Johnson (2011), Azahara Muñoz (2013 and 2014), Céline Herbin (2015) and Beth Allen (2016)
• The lowest round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Chantaco was 62 (-8) by the winner Stacey Keating in 2012

What to know about defending champion Beth Allen

•From 21 starts on the LPGA this year and one additional start on the LET (Oates Victorian Open, where she tied for 36th), Beth’s best finish has been a tie for 7th at the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open.
•Currently No. 124 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings
•She has three LET victories: the 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, 2016 Lacoste Ladies Open de France and 2016 Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

White Thursday for Cassandra Kirkland

For the first round of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on Thursday, the players and staff have been asked to wear white to celebrate the life of French player Cassandra Kirkland, who sadly passed away in April this year, as white is the official colour for lung cancer awareness. The LET will be running a birdie pledge for the first two rounds, with players donating €5 per birdie on Thursday and Friday and the proceeds will be donated to ARTIC, a charity close to Cassandra. Use the hashtag #Fight4Cass to join us in posting images from the day in memory of Cassandra.

The 50TH anniversary of Catherine Lacoste's US Women's Opene win

On 2nd July 1967, aged 22, Catherine Lacoste won the US Women’s Open at Homestead Resort, Virginia. The daughter of famed tennis champion René Lacoste and golfer Simone de la Chaume remains the only amateur to have won the prestigious title and she will be celebrating the 50th anniversary with her family at Golf de Chantaco this week

 





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