Melissa Reid of England drops the ball during the third round of the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at the Carya golf Club in Belek. AA photo
Melissa Reid of England stayed on course for a second title at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on May 19, sitting atop the standings with 11 under par, one stroke ahead of her Scottish rival Pamela Pretswell.
Reid finished round three played at the Carya Golf Club in Belek in the scorching conditions one over par.
“It was really tough this afternoon,” Reid, 2010 winner of the Turkey leg of Ladies European Tour (LET) told the tour’s website after the round.
“The greens are borderline unplayable, they are so firm. We were struggling to hold wedges onto it. It was tough. I always felt like I was in between clubs. I was needing a nine and a half iron, eight and a half iron. I’m quite happy in a way that I’ve played it in these conditions because hopefully tomorrow I can play a bit better.”
Pretswell had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the 10th hole in her third round of 72.
“It was a bit tougher today because the course kind of changed midway with the warm weather,” she said.
“The course started to dry out a bit and the greens got a little bit faster. I played some good stuff but has a couple of bad holes which let me down, but I’m happy with the way I played today.”
Fellow Scot Sally Watson is in third place after a five under par 68, while there are four Scots in the top 12 places.
Lucie Andre of France and Australian Rebecca Artis are tied for fourth place, with leading LET rookie Nanna Koertz Madsen of Denmark, England’s Laura Davies, Scot Kylie Walker and Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera in a share of sixth on five under par. Scotland’s Carly Booth, Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud and Lynn Carlsson from Sweden are tied for 10th place.
The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open is the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday, with the aim to increase live television coverage.