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Friday, September 19, 2008

Nightmare 85 puts Clare Queen

on sidelines alongwith Jenna

Wilson ... Lynn Kenny survives

LET SCOTSWATCH: Clare Queen (pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency) shot a second-round 85 for a halfway total of 159 and missed the cut by some 16 shots in the Gothenburg Masters in Sweden. After a first-round 74, the Scot had a nightmare inward half of 47 in which she ran up a NINE at the 15th and an EIGHT at the 17th.
Jenna Wilson was a lot closer to the cut-off point of 143 but rounds of 71 and 74 put her two shots on the wrong side of it in a share of 69th place.
Lynn Kenny is carrying the Scottish standard with rounds of 68 and 72 for a share of 19th place on 140.

European No 2 Gwladys Nocera of France equalled the Felicity Johnson's day-old course record with a ten-under 62 at Lycke Golf Club, Sweden today and moved two strokes ahead halfway through the Göteborg Masters.
Nocera, who has won eight tournaments on the Ladies European Tour since 2006, with three so far this year (pictured right from the LET website with one of her trophies), matched her career low round of 62, set in the third round of the Deustche Bank Ladies Swiss Open in May.
She also set a new record for the lowest 36-hole total in a 72-hole Ladies European Tour event on 128, 16-under-par.
Nocera carded eight birdies and one eagle on a cold and windy day in the Gothenburg area. She played the back nine first in 33 but came home with a six-under 29 back nine, which included an eagle at the seventh and birdies on her last two holes.
“It was more windy and cold today so it was kind of hard at the beginning to get fit,” said the 33-year-old two-time Solheim Cup player. “I putted really well. I wasn’t too far from the pin but I pretty much made everything.”
Paula Marti, a two-time winner, was alone in second place on 14-under after a six-under 66. The 2002 Order of Merit winner fired seven birdies and one bogey. She has slowly been regaining her form since having a son, Izan, in July 2006.
“I have been playing really well this year and last year and I mean as long as you keep practising and believing in yourself, one day it is going to come,” she said. “I just needed to put everything together. It is working very well so far so hopefully I will keep doing the same thing for the weekend.”
Marti hopes to reclaim the European No 1 spot. She currently lies in 14th place on the New Star Money List, but earning the €37,500 first prize money this week would lift her into the top ten. “I just want to stay close to home, close to my family, and hopefully become a better player in Europe as I was at one stage and hopefully to reach that number one again,” she added. England’s Felicity Johnson, who set the course record of 62 on Thursday, was third on 12-under-par, with Jade Schaeffer of France two strokes back in fourth.
Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, the LET New Star Money List leader who finished runner-up in the U.S. Open and won the Evian Masters in July, missed the cut after shooting 73 and 77 on a course she co-designed. She finished with a triple bogey on the par-4 18th hole.
“I’m very disappointed to come home and play this bad,” said Alfredsson, “But it is nice to see that some of the top players are playing well and there are some great scores so it is great for people to be able to see a lot of birdies.”
Alfredsson will remain in Sweden until Thursday, when she flies back to the United States. She may play in the Dubai Ladies Masters on the LET in December if she still has a chance to win the New Star Money List.
Par 144 (2 x 72)
128 G Nocera 66 62.
130 P Marti 64 66.
132 F Johnson 62 70.
134 J Schaeffer 68 66.
135 G Simpson 70 65, L Fairclough 67 68, M Prieto 66 69.
136 J Tvede 70 66, N Reis 69 67.
Other qualifiers:
139 R Coakley 67 72 (jt 16th).
140 S Head 71 69, L Kenny 68 72 (jt 19th).
141 Lisa Hall 69 72 (jt 31st).
142 S Walker 71 71 (jt 41st).
+Totals of 143 and better qualified.
Selected scores:
144 M Gillen 75 69.
145 J Wilson 71 74.
146 N C Booth 73 72, K S Taylor 73 73.
148 L Eastwood 74 74.
149 E Weeks 73 76.
151 R Bell 74 77, J Clingan 74 77.
152 S Heath 75 77.
154 Lydia Hall 77 77.
159 C Queen 74 85.
163 E McKinnon 81 82.