England’s Georgina Simpson, France’s Sophie Giquel and American rookie Laura Terebey are tied for sixth position on five-under-par for the tournament, with all three looking for their breakthrough victory this week.
Simpson had a mixed round today, but credited her new coach Graham Walker from The Oaks in York for helping to bring the fight back into her game.
“I’m not striking the ball as well as I can but I’m using my head that’s allowing me to score,” said the Cleckheaton based player.
“Graham’s really good and he’s involved with the men’s England set up. I’m only been with him about two months but it’s great. I’ve learnt a lot of things which I can go away and work on myself. I hit a good three-wood on nine for eagle and holed a 20 feet putt today so it seems to be coming together.”
French Solheim Cup player Ludivine Kreutz tied for ninth position on four under par with the 2006 Tenerife Ladies Open Champion Riikka Hakkarainen from Finland. Judith Van Hagen tied for 11th position with Ireland’s Rebecca Coakley and despite being five months pregnant, Van Hagen was the best of the Dutch players.
Arricau, who was third in last week’s French Open, was surprised with her 67 but predicted that with perfect scoring conditions, she would need to go low again tomorrow.
Liza Walters fires hole-in-one
England’s Liza Walters fired the second hole-in-one of the tournament in round two of the KLM Ladies Open on Saturday after fellow Derbyshire player Fame More aced the third hole in the first round.
Walters holed out with a seven iron from 144 yards on the eighth hole at Eindhovensche Golf in the Netherlands. It helped the Nottingham based 26-year-old to one-under-par for the tournament but – after Arricau’s 67 – she found herself nine shots off the lead after 36 holes.
It was Walters’ seventh hole-in-one but her first as a professional. She once had two aces in the same round as an amateur at the Welsh Open.
“Eight years ago when I was about 16 or 17, I had a hole-in-one at the first and one on the 18th. I started eagle, double, double because of the shock but I ended up on five under,” said Walters. “Unfortunately I didn’t have such a good score today.”
“I used to play county foursomes with Fame and after hers yesterday I said to her I wanted another hole-in-one today – I didn’t want to let her have all the glory!”