Spanish women's golf continues to add headlines in the year leading up to the Finca Cortesín Solheim Cup. After Ana Peláez's victory two weeks ago, the player who has appeared the most times this year for the first places, Carmen Valero, took the lead in the Jabra Ladies Open after the first day.
The woman from Valladolid did so in a special setting, the Evian Resort Golf Club, which in two months will host the Amundi Evian Championship, one of the five greats, which this course also raises the prizes to 6.5 million dollars, one of them for the winner, the first time such a figure has been reached in women's golf.
Alonso signed 66 strokes, one less than the Australian Hillier and the Scottish Macdonald, after finishing the round with an eagle, the opposite luck with which he had started the day (bogey in the hole. In between, five birdies and two bogeys completed his great day.
Carmen Alonso, statements
"It is a very demanding course, where if you fail it is very difficult to recover," Carmen said at the end, while she praised her caddy, the former professional golfer Maria Beautell, who now works alongside her.
"Especially it helps me in the short game," she said. Elia Folch finished at par and Ana Pelaéz and Laura Gómez, with one over par. In the opening lap of the Jabra Ladies Open presented by Bitstamp, the Spanish Carmen Alonso leads the ranking, after completing the 18 holes of the Evian Resort Golf Club in 66 strokes.
Starting this morning from hole 15, the 25th champion in the Race to Costa del Sol, started with a bogey, but kept her cool and promptly made a birdie at 16, before scoring an eagle at 18. She finished 1st. round with 4 other birdies and only one bogey, for a final result of -5.
“This path is really challenging and you have to always keep your concentration. If you miss a shot, you don't have much chance of catching up, so I'm very happy with the lap, ”said Alonso, in her 18th year on the LET.
The winner of this week's tournament will earn a place in the Amundi Evian Championship (prize money of 6.5 million dollars), the only Major in continental Europe, which will be played on this path in July, from 21 to 24.