Maria Hernandez, quinta, best spanish
Diversity and alternatives at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya, Ladies European Tour tournament held at the Club de Terramar in Sitges whose first day culminated with a flag dance at the top of the rankings. Twelve golfers from twelve different countries occupy this privileged area, one more example of the quality and variety of players present in the international squad of this event. In front, la suazi Nobuhle Dlamini y la escocesa Kelsey Macdonald con 68 hits, while the first Spanish is María Hernández from Navarra, two blows to the head.
The tightness of the classification and the moderation in the results speaks very well of the character of this new version of the Terramar Golf Club, headquarters renovated with a new lake that influences the first section of the field and significantly lengthened with respect to 2019. Even so, a good number of golfers on the Ladies European Tour managed to beat par in the first round, and even some, como la colíder Nobuhle Dlamini, they showed that they had soon got the hang of the new holes in the course. With three consecutive birdies on the holes 2, 3 and 4, all of them newly renovated, he signed a brilliant start that led him to sign the best lap of the morning, matched already on the evening shift by Kelsey Macdonald. Argentina's Maggie Simmermacher completes the international podium, eleventh in the Race to Costa del Sol, and the Belgian Manon de Roey.
"I love this golf course. It has beautiful holes and it enters my sight. The new holes, from one to six, they are very good and have a great design ", the Eswatini player recapitulated.
With respect to the Spanish, Maria Hernandez, the best of ours in the Race to Costa del Sol 2021, battled with the Sitges route in an orderly lap that ended with 70 hits, just two of the leaders, in fifth position
"The truth is that I have played very regularly all day except in the hole 18, I had to make it a little interesting. The truth is that it is a course that is very good with the six new holes, and that the last holes end next to the sea make it even more interesting. It is very nice to play at home ", explained the Navarrese. “I have taken all the greens except the one on the hole 18. I've had birdie options, some have entered, some not and I made a great putt in the hole 18 to leave with a good taste in my mouth, but I really haven't gotten into trouble, which is the most important thing ".
Behind, Malaga's Ana Peláez also finished below par and Patricia Sanz and Laura Gómez signed tables with the field in this first round of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya.
Notes from Sitges
Ana Peláez: "The Q-School has been the best and worst experience of my life"
The Malaga-born Ana Peláez has summarized in this way her participation in the first phase of the Q-School of the LPGA held in 15 to 22 of August. The anterior nerves, the tension, the few hours of sleep, the more than 500 players fighting to enter between the 95 top, have made this experience a roller coaster of sensations for one of the greatest promises of Spanish women's golf.
Spanish beginners at the LET
Up to six Spanish players have today made their debut in the first division of European women's golf. The Valencian Marta Pérez, the Madrilenian María Herráez, Navarra Elena Hualde, Marta Muñoz from Avila and Paz Marfá and Nagore Martínez from Catalonia have played their first round at Golf Terramar on the Ladies European Tour, with a mix of bittersweet sensations. In any case, a formative and undoubtedly enriching experience for all of them.
Barcelona, golf destination
During Friday morning, and taking advantage of the presence at the Terramar Golf Club of numerous media accredited in the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya, an act of the Barcelona Golf Destination association was held, the union of seven clubs in the province (The Royal El Prat Golf Club, Barcelona Golf Club, Golf La Roca, Llavaneras Golf Club, Montanyà Golf, Terramar Golf Club and Vallromanes Golf Club) with the aim of positioning Barcelona as a golf destination. The attractive offer and the marketing of a golf pass that provides flexibility and savings are two of the main strengths of this interesting initiative.