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Voelker Surges Into Neuchatel Lead With A Stunning Four-Under Round; Williams and Sjoholm Remain In The Hunt
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                                                                                     Greta Isabella Voelker                                 Photo credit: Göran Söderqvist

Germany’s Greta Isabella Voekler played some magnificent golf to take the lead at the Neuchatel Ladies Championship. After a battling six-over-par round on the opening day, Voekler shot an unrivalled four-under 67 including four birdies on the back nine. 

"I played really well. I made some good approach shots and holed out some good birdie putts, saved some pars and yeah, I was really happy with it."

The German sits at +2 for the tournament, one of the few players able to shoot a round under par and will hope to replicate her second round form heading into the final day.

"Yesterday was really difficult because of the wind but today it played a little easier, so it was easier to get it close to the flag and hole out some putts. I was just going for around par honestly because it was so tough - and I wasn't even mad about my six-over (in the first round) - so today was really good for me."

Joining Voekler with a score in the 60’s was Switzerland’s Caroline Rominger. The home favourite carded an impressive 2-under round of 69, with three birdies down the stretch as the putter started to fire.

"I've actually struggled a bit with the greens because they're so fast, and grainy, and small, but suddenly on the back nine I got some putts rolling in and it was good with three birdies - that helps."

Following an eight-over 79 in the opening day’s play, Rominger is very much in the championship mix, finishing in a tie for fifth on +6 for the tournament. Having struggled on day one, the Swiss player was pleased she was able to take advantage of the more forgiving conditions:

"Yeah it was a lot easier. It was not as windy, just a little bit breezy but much easier to play than yesterday."

Overnight leader Annelie Sjoholm also remains firmly in the hunt at the Neuchatel Golf & Country Club, lying just a shot further back at 3-over. The Swede struggled on the tricky front nine, making the turn at four-over. But Sjoholm found her form on the back nine with a classy finish to the round, sinking two birdie putts on the 17th and 18th, to end the day on +3 for the tournament.

Joining the Swede on +3 is Wales’ Chloe Williams. Williams shot an impressive par round of 71 to join Sjoholm in a share for second going into the final day’s play. Despite a costly bogey at the 18th that would have seen her take a share of the lead, Williams ends the day with all to play for having displayed the consistent golf that has seen her holding in a strong position in the LETAS’ season-long Race to La Largue.

With the conditions expected to be calmer on Friday, Voekler’s round of 67 - a whole ten shots better than her opening round effort - will give hope to the chasing pack at the Swiss course. One inspired round is likely to see players shoot up the leaderboard and with a cluster of players within reach of the leaders, the championship is delicately poised going into the final day’s play at Neuchatel.

 

 

 

Montauban Ladies Open 2019
Montauban Ladies Open 2019
Golf de Montauban lĀ“Estang, Montauban, France
20/06/19 - 22/06/19
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