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Friday, February 12, 2016

The LET Season Gets Underway

I know, you were expecting me to gush all over the Pebble Beach event. Au contraire, mon ami! The LET is playing their first event of 2016 this week.

Lydia Ko with trophy

The ISPS HANDA New Zealand Women’s Open is Lydia Ko's home event and she's the defending champion, of course. And since the first round is finishing up as I write this, I can tell you that Lydia is T5 at -3, 3 shots off the lead, and it looks like she'll still be 3 off the lead when everybody finishes. She's tied with her fellow Kiwi, Cathryn Bristow.

While I don't recognize some of the names on the leaderboard, I do recognize first round leader Nicole Broch Larsen. She's from Denmark, won the Helsingborg Open last year, and is one of those players you'll probably be seeing on a Solheim Cup team pretty soon.

I also recognize French player Gwladys Nocera, who has won 15 times around the world and is currently T3 with Pamela Pretswell, a Scottish player I've heard of but whose game I am not familiar with.

Currently in solo second is a new name for me, Justine Dreher, a French rookie on the LET this year. It'll be interesting to see how she holds up against the 'veterans'.

I hate that we don't get to see much of the LET over here in America. If we're lucky, GC will replay the last round or two sometime next week; they don't do that with many of the events. But the fact that Lydia Ko is playing in this one may give us a chance to see some of it.

We can hope, anyway. In the meantime I'll just have to settle for watching the leaderboard change on my computer.

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