Wednesday, March 06, 2019

 
MEGHAN MACLAREN SET FOR TITLE DEFENCE
 
IN NEW SOUTH WALES
 
England’s Meghan MacLaren says that her game is in a better place than at this time last year as she prepares to defend her maiden Ladies European Tour title in the Women’s New South Wales Open at Queanbeyan Golf Club, which tees off tomorrow.
The 24-year-old from Northamptonshire is full of confidence coming off a tie for sixth in the Canberra Classic on Sunday and lies in 18th on the LET order of merit after three tournaments.
MacLaren won by two shots at Coffs Harbour Golf Club last year, but says she is not looking at it as a title defence.  
“I haven’t defended a title since my amateur days in the British Ladies’ stroke-play championship and I remember my coach at the time saying, ‘Don’t look at it as though you’re trying to defend the title, because you’re not defending anything. You just want to go out there and play your own game.’ I think that’s a nice way of approaching it,” she said.
“It’s a pretty nice position to be in. If you could go into every tournament like that, you’d be doing something right, so I’m not looking at it as defending the tournament, more going out and enjoying the atmosphere and the environment that being the past champion brings.”
 
ESTHER HENSELEIT TO BOOST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CLAIM
Esther Henseleit from Germany will have the chance to leapfrog Linnea Strom at the top of the LET’s rookie rankings with another strong performance in the Women’s NSW Open presented by Worrells at Queanbeyan Golf Club this week.
The sweet swinging 20-year-old from Hamburg already has two top-10 finishes to her name from her first two appearances, with a tie for ninth in the Australian Ladies Classic and a tie for eighth in the ActewAGL Canberra Classic.
Now 16th on the LET order of merit, she is looking to climb the rankings further and said: “I hope to play well again and maybe post another top 10. My swing feels good and I feel comfortable on the greens, so I’m looking forward to it.”
 
FIANCE GREEN’S LABOUR OF LOVE FOR SKARPNORD
Recent Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic champion Marianne Skarpnord feels motivated to win again with fiancé Richard Green on caddie duties for this week’s Women’s New South Wales Open, presented by Worrells.
Green played on the European Tour for 21 years and has featured in the top 30 in the world.
Skarpnord, the Ladies European Tour order of merit leader who claimed her fourth title a fortnight ago, tied for 24th in the ActewAGL Canberra Classic last week, but admits that she was running low on motivation after her victory at Bonville.
“I feel better this week. I feel that I’ll be on the first tee on Thursday to win again. I’m not just here to play four rounds of golf,” said the 33-year-old Norwegian, who will be the star attraction.
“I’ve got the super caddie on the bag this week, so hopefully we can do a bit better. Having Richard on the bag, he’s going to push me a bit too, so I think that’s going to be pretty good. I just need to hit it straight off the tee, because there are a lot of trees here.”
 
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