Turkish Airlines Ladies Open. Heather MacRae First Round Leader May 08 2014

dragon logo darkTurkish Airlines Ladies Open Heather MacRae is the first round leader in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at the National Golf Club.

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Heather posted a first round -6 under par 67 on the par 73 lay-out at National Golf Course in Turkey. Heather played in the morning round and luckily avoided the heavy afternoon showers, she is hoping to make amends for missing out on earning her full LET card last season;

“It was a bit of a heart breaker because I finished 10th and missed my card by 40 points but the first day I played great and was six under after 12 holes and had a double. I knew I’d hit a lot of good shots here so I think that’s helped coming back"

" I love the golf course. You have to be a reasonable length off the tee and straight and I did it most of the day so I’m happy."

Tied in second place are Malene Jorgensen and Gwladys Nocera, both ladies carding -5 under par 68, to be at -5 under par for the tournament.

There are two ladies at -4 under par, they are; Klara Spilkova and Mikaela Parmlid.

I always find it very strange that professional players have to contest a title on par 73 course, it does not make sense to me. The shortest par five, 457 yards could easily be a par 4, Heather birdied it today.