MARINA ALEX SHOOTS 66 TO GRAB OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT CP WOMEN’S OPEN
– News and notes from Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club for Thursday, August 24th –
OTTAWA (Golf Canada) – Marina Alex took to Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club early Thursday and posted a 5-under-par 66 to take the opening-round lead at the CP Women’s Open. The American recorded six birdies against a lone bogey.
“The greens were rolling unbelievably well. Really quick,” she said. “The nice thing is they’re still a bit soft, so the shots are holding into the greens, so it kind of makes for a good combo. You can hit shots in there pretty tight, and then you have really nice pace to hold them.”
Alex has notched four top-10s this season, but her best result of the year, a tie for seventh, happened in February at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. She credited her putting as the key to her success Thursday.
“I putted unbelievably well today. I rolled it so good. So I hope I can just carry that into the next couple days and just tidy up the ball-striking a little bit,” she explained.
England’s Holly Clyburn closed out her first round in style on Thursday, holing an eagle putt at the par-5 ninth to cap a 4-under round and sit in a tie for second with In Gee Chun.
“I’ve just been waiting for something to drop like that all day, actually,” said Clyburn, in her second year on the LPGA Tour and looking for her first career victory. “I played solid all day, and that was just a nice present on the last.”