French lead Open de France
BY Ladies European Tour | 28 Sep 2013
French pair Gwladys Nocera and Joanna Klatten took the halfway lead at the LACOSTE Ladies Open de France after a second day of hot and humid conditions at Chantaco in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Nocera fired a 63 to join the first-round leader Klatten on 10-under-par, two strokes clear of Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa.
In scorching temperatures of 30C, Klatten maintained her lead with a 66 containing an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys. “I’m very happy with my round and very happy with how I handled things today,” said the 28-year-old from Paris.
Klatten’s highest finish in three years on Tour came in July’s Spanish Open where she was outright third and she has improved dramatically each season from 82nd in 2011, to 25th in 2012 and now a current ranking of 21st on the 2013 LET Order of Merit.
“I feel really good about my game so I don’t really have that much pressure,” said the 2012 Ladies Victorian Open winner. “I feel good, like I’m swinging the best I have. I feel pretty confident out there. My putting has been good for four or five weeks and that’s what used to let me down a little bit. My putting is solid and I think that’s the key to holding a leading position.”
Former European No.1 Nocera, who attracted the largest group of spectators on course, showed her experience as she hit 16 greens in regulation and made 29 putts. The 11-time LET champion rolled in five birdie putts on the front nine, before picking up three further birdies and one bogey on the back nine.
She said: “Today was really fun. I started on the first tee and hit my shot really close, made an easy birdie, then hit the ball really well and made a few putts early on so it gave me good confidence. I know I’m hitting the ball really well at the moment so it’s a matter of making putts. It happened today so it’s a big bonus.”
Solheim Cup heroines Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz were tied on seven-under-par, alongside Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey, who lives just across the river from the golf course in Ciboure, Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
European Tour rookie, Nikki Campbell, and recent winner, Rebecca Artis, lead the Australians in a share of 10th position. Bree Arthur and Lindsey Wright are one shot further back.
LACOSTE Ladies Open de France
Leading scores at the end of round 2:
130 – Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 67 63, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 64 66
132 – Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) 67 65
133 – Charley Hull (ENG) 65 68, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 68 65, Azahara Munoz (ESP) 68 65
134 – Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER) 69 65
135 – Hannah Burke (ENG) 64 71, Connie Chen (RSA) 68 67
136 – Nikki Campbell (AUS) 68 68, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 65 71, Diana Luna (ITA) 66 70, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 66 70, Karine Icher (FRA) 67 69, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 68 68, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 69 67
137 – Beth Allen (USA) 70 67, Bree Arthur (AUS) 71 66, Lindsey Wright (AUS) 67 70
138 – Liz Young (ENG) 72 66, Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 66 72, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 68 70, Line Vedel (DEN) 69 69, Sahra Hassan (WAL) 70 68, Stefania Croce (ITA) 67 71
139 – Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 67 72, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 66 73, Stacey Keating (AUS) 68 71, Lucie Andre (FRA) 70 69, Marion Ricordeau (FRA) 68 71, Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) 68 71, Celine Herbin (FRA) 70 69, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 72 67, Maha Haddioui (MAR) 67 72, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 68 71, Virginie Lagoutte (FRA) 69 70