L.E.T. Sberbank Golf Masters. Steffi Kirchmayr Leads. July 25 2014
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Steffi admitted to not liking the course, but she could still play it, carding a first round -7 under par 64 to lead the Sberbank Golf Masters at Golf Park Plzeň;" It’s a great feeling to shoot seven-under. I don’t really like the set-up of this golf course, because it favors the short hitters and good putters, so I can’t take advantage of my length.” “I only had one bad hole, where I had to chip out of a fairway bunker, but I hit it close and made the putts. My parents came to watch from Germany just for today so I felt I had to shoot a good round for them. They said it was worth driving for three hours to see a 64.” Mallory Fraiche, from the U.S.A . is in second place, just one shot behind at -6 under par, she said having her sister on the bag, and playing two practice rounds was of great benefit to her; “It was very solid and my short game was on point and so it helped save me a lot. This week I knew I needed to practice, so I played the course twice before the tournament, which I also think helped.” Five ladies are tied in third place, all at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 66, they are Julie Greciet, Amy Boulden, Nikki Garrett, Pamela Pretswell and Ursula Wikstrom. The L.E.T. rookie Amy is trying to earn enough money to stay on the Tour; " This is my sixth week in a row after the US Women’s Open. It wasn’t supposed to be like that because I got into the Bucks at the last minute and then the Ricoh Women’s British Open. I’m just trying to make the most of each week because I still don’t have my full card. I’m trying to earn enough money to secure my card for next year.” Aussie Nikki almost quit golf at one stage last year, a back to back tour winner seven years ago; “It’s nice, all of the girls out there will know that I’ve struggled with my driver the last few years and I’m hitting it well again and it feels good over it, so it’s a totally different game when you get it in play off the tee. I don’t regret coming out here. When I go home I’ll reassess and see if I come out for the second half of the season.” Julie said she had putted well, but did card one bogey, because of a plugged ball in a bunker; “I played very well and I had one bogey on nine because my ball was plugged in the bunker and I had no chance, but I had an eagle on 14 and birdie on 15 and 18 so I’m happy because my putting was very good and I took 30 putts and hit 16 greens today.” Scot Pamela was happy with her good start to the tournament; “I made a really good start when I got up and down for par at the first and made birdie on two and three and kicked on from there.” In a strange incident Moroccan Maha Haddioui was disqualified prior to starting her first round due to being nine minutes late on the tee. How can you be so late for your tee time ?