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Friday, January 31, 2014

Lydia Ko and the LET Are in New Zealand

The LPGA isn't playing this week. Rather, the LET is playing the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in -- where else? -- New Zealand. For obvious reasons (i.e., it's not an LPGA event) it isn't being televised in the US, which is too bad since it would have been prime time TV. It's just after midnight here in North Carolina and the first round is nearly complete.

Lydia Ko is back home

They haven't posted a first round summary yet -- after all, the first round isn't quite finished -- but I've cruised through the scores looking for the "big names" on the leaderboard. "Big name" is a relative term this week since most of the top Rolex players are taking the week off -- although Lydia Ko, of course, is playing.

The score breakdown is pretty interesting. The lead is -4 and there are 2 players tied, Seonwoo Bae and Stacey Tate.

There are 5 players in the -3 (T3) grouping, which includes Lydia, Charley Hull, and Sarah Jane Smith.

Another 8 players are at -2 (T8), 10 players are at -1 (T16), and 16 players are at E (T26). As you can tell, scoring has been pretty tight among the leaders. That's 41 players (a third of the field) within 4 shots of the lead!

Some notable names and scores:
  • Laura Davies, E
  • Melissa Reid, E
  • Christel Boeljon, E
  • Lindsey Wright, +1
  • Titiya Plucksataporn, +1
  • Lorie Kane, +2
  • Gwladys Nocera, +2
  • Trish Johnson, +2
  • Becky Brewerton, +3
  • Minea Blomqvist, +4
  • Katie Futcher, +5
  • Cheyenne Woods, +5
  • Sophie Gustafson, +7
The VOLVIK RACV Australian Masters -- also an LET event -- is next week and that entry list shows a number of players from this week's event, as well as some players like Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng. And since the LPGA event in two weeks (the Australian Open) is co-sponsored by the LET, quite a few of these players are trying to play their way in, so you might want to keep an eye on this event.

The LET leaderboard is at this link so you can keep check on your favorite players.

UPDATE: The Constructivist has further notes on the first round.

6 comments:

  1. Keep an eye on Anya Alvarez, an improving player from the Symetra Tour who earned limited LPGA status at Q School. She's 2 under after 1st round. She'll be playing mostly on the Symetra again this year but has potential.

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    1. Good call Dave. Still plenty of chances but a handy 2 shot lead going into final round. Should be playing with favourite Lydia tomorrow.

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  2. Anya's at -2 after the first round, for those of you who want to follow her.

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  3. It's been a huge disappointment to many here too in N.Z that there is no live coverage of this tournament. If N.Z Golf wish to forward this tournament they need to lift their game. More prize money to attract more top LPGA players bring the tournament closer to Auckland where the population is to get a far larger attendance and invest in television coverage then sell advertising and TV rights to Asia, Europe and the US. Sponsors will also then be more forthcoming towards prize money. We now have a world class player in Lydia and it looks like they are missing the chance to take advantage of it.

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  4. Wow! I didn't realize that the event wasn't even being televised in New Zealand! That IS a big mistake by NZGolf.

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    1. Sky Sports, our pay TV here, the TV stations and N.Z Golf have all coped a pounding through social media for not giving us live coverage. N.Z Golf said on their Facebook it would have cost them $500,000+ so I guess it was up to them. The TV stations have cameras there but not enough of them for full coverage I guess. Even though Lydia is well in contention tomorrow to defend her title I can’t see them now being able to give us the final round. Unfortunately we are just getting highlights in the nightly news.

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