World Ladies Championship.Three Tied at The Top March 07 2013

Gwladys Nocera, Linda Wessberg and Sophie Walker / LET The World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China has three European players tied at the top of the leaderboard after the opening round. They are Gwladys Nocera, Linda Wessberg and Sophie Walker, who all posted bogey free first rounds of -5 under par 67 on the par 72  Sandbelt Trails Course. Gwladys picked up three shots on her last two holes and was very happy with her performance; " There are days when you finish with a bad hole the frustration gets to you but of course when you finish like that it is even better. I missed a couple of short putts on the front nine for birdies but I made some good ones to get some pars and then I finished with a good birdie on the 17th and a long putt, like a 15 meter putt on 18, to make it an eagle. I am pretty happy with the way I am hitting the ball, so it’s good." Sophie thought the greens were very difficult and was happy not to three putt today; " The greens are very difficult and we don’t normally have greens like this in Europe, so they take a bit of getting used to. They are very undulating so that’s why it’s key not to have a three-putt. Today’s round was pretty impressive. If I can do that again then I’m sure I’ll be close but I’ll take every round as it comes and try and eliminate the mistakes." Linda said she had putted very well, and that made for an easy day; " I was actually putting myself in very good positions off the tee, so it was pretty handy to attack the pins. I hit some really good shots that I didn’t really get rewarded for because I pitched it too close to the pin. I also putted really well, so it was a pretty easy day." There are five players tied for fourth in this compacted leaderboard, with scores of -4 under par; Valentine Derry, Rungthiwa Pangjan, Bo-Mi Suh, Hyo-Joo Kim and Inbee Park. Inbee Park, the recent Honda LPGA Thailand Champion went out in three under par, with two birdies and then an eagle on the eighth hole, but played the  back nine in level par, with a bogey on her card; " I hit the ball very good today which I was very happy with. I knew that the greens were going to be tricky this week and I had a tough time putting today but hopefully better days in the next three days. I’m just getting used the greens a little bit more and I’ll be fine. I knew after the practice round that the putting was going to be the toughest challenge this week. Obviously today I hit a lot of putts that were looking like they were going to go in but it just breaks a lot with the green. So I just learned that I have to play a little bit more break." Running concurrently with this singles event is a  72-hole stroke-play team competition, with the Korean pairing of Inbee Park and Ha Neul Kim  in the lead, with a combined aggregate score of 137, seven under par. They are followed by French pair Gwladys Nocera and Anne-Lise Caudal who are two strokes back and then the English duo of Laura Davies and Trish Johnson in third place on 140. Ladies European Tour