Maja Stark sets the tone for weekend

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Local favourite Maja Stark rattled in a resounding eight birdies in her final eleven holes to skyrocket up the leaderboard and set the pace at the midway mark of the Creekhouse Ladies OPen in Sweden. Photo: LET
Local favourite Maja Stark rattled in a resounding eight birdies in her final eleven holes to skyrocket up the leaderboard and set the pace at the midway mark of the Creekhouse Ladies OPen in Sweden. Photo: Mark Runnacles/LET

Home favourite Maja Stark holds a two-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Creekhouse Ladies Open, after a sensational round of 65 (-7) on Day Two in Sweden.

With rounds of 74 and 73, Aditi Ashok was T32 while Tvesa Malik (73, 79) missed cut.

The 21-year-old – who is playing in just her third Ladies European Tour event – rattled in a resounding eight birdies in her final eleven holes to skyrocket up the leaderboard and set the pace at the midway mark.

 

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It was a remarkable turn of fortunes for the Swede, who started her day six shots off overnight leader Chloe Williams in Åhus after a level-par first round, before shooting her lowest ever score as a professional to steal a march on her rivals.

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“I really didn’t think I’d be leading heading into the weekend,” Stark said. “I missed a short birdie putt on the first and continued to two putt, so I just decided to see what happens.

“After a made that bogey I told myself to get a grip, then after getting an easy birdie on the next hole they just kept coming.

“ I was always terrified that something was going to go wrong, but I dared to swing anyway and slowed myself down when I wanted to speed up.”

“I keep doubting myself but then I hit -7 and that’s my best score ever in a competition of this calibre, so I’m going to try to be confident now.”

 

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After starting her day on level-par, Stark’s luck didn’t look to be changing in the early stages of Friday’s play, with a bogey on her seventh hole of the day leaving her a shot over regulation.

But after birdies on 17 and 18 to turn her day around, she continued to be in red-hot form with the putter from holes one to nine, as she sank six birdies on her way back to the clubhouse – and needed just 30 shots to do so.

It was only on holes three, four and six that Stark didn’t pick up a shot in a scintillating couple of hours’ play, with the recent PGA Championship By Trelleborgs Kommun champion continuing her excellent form on course.

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And with a target on her back heading into the weekend, Stark is keen to keep her head in the game and grab a first LET victory on home soil.

“I’m just going to carry on doing what I was doing today, and see what happens,” she continued.

“I’ve thought about winning for a number of weeks, so it’s not anything new, but it would be incredible winning out here, especially as it’s at home in Sweden as well.”

Stark’s nearest challengers heading into Saturday are compatriot Linn Grant, and American talent Alana Uriell, who both sit two shots back on -5 after 36 holes.

 

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Grant – who competed alongside Stark in the 2017 Ping Junior Solheim Cup – was three under par for her day, after recovering from an early bogey with back-to-back birdies on the turn.

The 22-year-old then picked up two more shots on the way home to put her in contention with two rounds to play, with two Swedes in the final group on Saturday.

Uriell – who is performing admirably in her first ever LET event – with a second round score of 68 (-4) putting her in the mix after 36 holes on the Swedish East coast.

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