Georgia Hall is contending on both fronts at the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah as her team have a one-shot lead, while she is also in a share of the individual lead.
From the morning starters it was the Major winner’s team who posted the best score with 19-under-par at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
And Hall herself sits top of the individual leaderboard with Germany’s Olivia Cowan after carding a bogey-free round of 65 (-7).
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“Bogey-free is always nice round here, and I tried to make advantage of there not being a lot of wind, I still missed quite a few putts but I’m happy with seven-under,” said the European Solheim Cup star.
Dagar, who was part of the winning Team Cowan at the Aramco Team Series – London, explained, “It was a very good day, we started well, and we had very good teamwork with everyone contributing birdies. We definitely have a good chance [to win], especially if we continue playing good golf.”
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Team Ciganda were the quartet who burst through in the afternoon with Carlota Ciganda, Harang Lee, Leticia Ras-Anderica and amateur Lee Seung Su combining for a total of 18-under-par.
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“I’m enjoying playing this course, I really like it, I think it’s a lot of fun with different holes, the back nine was playing quite tricky with a lot of wind today, so the last few holes were not easy,” said the captain, who finished T3 last week.
“We did great as a team, if someone was in trouble the other was in great shape, which is what you want in this format, I had a great time with Harang and Leticia so I’m excited for tomorrow.”
Three teams are tied for third place two shots behind the leaders with Team Weaver, Team De Roey and Team Givens all on 17-under-par.
It was Lindsey Weaver’s group who held the morning lead until Team G. Hall surpassed them and the American is playing alongside Emma Grechi, Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir and amateur Marc Topiol.
“We all played really solid. They both shot two-under, I shot four-under, and our amateur contributed quite a bit which was great,” said Weaver.
“We had some good momentum out there, if we didn’t birdie one hole we’d birdie twice on the next hole, so it was really solid.”
Captain Ellie Givens, who was playing with Nicole Garcia, Hayley Davis, and amateur Zayd Alireza, said: “Hayley and Nicole played solid golf, but our amateur was the star of the show with four birdies in the first five holes. It was crazy! He played great; it was a lot of fun out there.”
In the individual competition, Cowan is tied alongside Hall in first place after she also produced a flawless round of 65 (-7), following her T5 finish at last week’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF.
While captain Cowan led her team of Nobuhle Dlamini, Madelene Stavnar and amateur Loay Nazer to a combined score of 16-under-par to be in sixth place after round one.
“I think we just worked really well as a team, on some of the holes where one didn’t do as well the other two helped out, we had quite a few birdies out there which definitely helped, and we had a good time out there,” said the Aramco Team Series – London team winner.
“Our amateur is really good to talk to and he’s really chilled out and we all get on really well, so it’s a good team. The most important thing is to have fun out there and we’re having a good which makes us play well.”
Argentina’s Magdalena Simmermacher and Spain’s Carmen Alonso are tied for third in the individual competition having shot rounds of 66 (-6).
“It was fun out there to play in this team event, I was trying to make birdies for the team, but I was having a good feeling that carried on from last week, so I wanted to keep making birdies and shoot a low score,” said Simmermacher. “It’s nice to finish six-under and finally get a good round.”
Alonso is part of Team De Roey, who are T3 in the team, and the Spaniard had fun out on the course with Manon De Roey, Elina Nummenpaa and amateur Nic Davies.
“I enjoyed today, I’ve been playing well this year, but I couldn’t hole putts, but today with my caddie – who I met yesterday – he was very good with the lines, and we holed many putts, so I’m very happy,” said Alonso.
“We have known each other for a long time. Me, Manon and Elina have a good relationship, so it was nice, we are three fighters, and we had a lot of fun. We did our job today.”
Three players fired rounds of 67 to be five-under-par with 2021 Race to Costa del Sol champion Atthaya Thitikul sitting alongside Scotland’s Michele Thomson and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist.
And nine players are tied for eighth place including Sotogrande individual champion Alison Lee, two-time LET winner Maja Stark and Solheim Cup star Ciganda.