Route 66 gives Lee-Anne Pace 1-shot lead at halfway point of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

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Another unbreakable 18 holes from Lee-Anne Pace keeps the South African atop of the leaderboard at 12 under, as the sun set on Round 2 of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.

The second day of the tournament was crammed with action, with India’s Aditi Ashok still in the hunt carding 66 to fall just one shot off the lead on 11 under, whilst Spaniard Luna Sobron made history by setting a new course record with 62; finishing nine under par overall for a share of third place – a 73-place climb from yesterday.

Also shooting up the leaderboard to join Luna in third place was Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth at nine under overall, who fired eight birdies to post a second round score of seven under. Cheyenne Woods once again performed strongly with a round of 6 under, including an incredible hole in one on the 6th hole, her first as a professional, to put her in third place overall.

Georgia Hall also shot an impressive 67 to finish at 8 under par overall in joint fifth place with Florentyna Parker, Celine Herbin and Linda Wessberg.

Pace refused to crack under pressure, saying: “It feels great and I remembered the course better today but I struck the ball really nicely too. I hit the shots I wanted to hit and I hit it really close to the pin and made the putts.

Commenting on the days ahead, she added: “Tomorrow I’d like to start the way I did today, and be a bit patient, as patience helps you to do a lot. I had some chances which I didn’t take but in the end I’m pretty satisfied.”

Ashok was modest when asked about her round, focusing more on her technical game: “I feel I’m hitting the ball well enough, though I missed a couple of drives left but apart from that I struck the ball pretty well. My putting has been pretty good too, so I’m happy.

She added: “Still bogey free and everyone is mentioning it. I’m just focusing on hitting the fairways and letting the birdies happen.”

A New Course Record Set By Luna Sobron

It was a tough day for Marianne Skarpnord as Norway’s rising star dropped to two under par, while fan favourite Carly Booth shot another 72 to finish agonizingly short of the cut going into day three.

It was also a disappointing day for reigning champ Beth Allen, another not to make the cut, who immediately tweeted after her round: “What a world class event here at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for FBMLO. Gutted to have put up such a terrible defense. #nextyear”.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary at Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), owner of the event, said: “Today has shown just how much can change in this exciting sport. It’s no surprise that with such a host of talent on the field, we saw impressive play that has teed up a thrilling weekend of world-class competition ahead. We can’t wait to see what the next two days bring.”

Marking the Emirates-wide celebration of UAE Flag Day, players showed their support by wearing flag pins on their caps, as well as each pin flag changing from tournament magenta to the national flag.

The Village was buzzing with visitors today, as guests enjoyed refreshing cuisine, family fun and views of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s fairways basked in the Arabian sun.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open teed up more than just golf ahead of the weekend on day two at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, with visitors enjoying activities such as chipping challenges, the regions first-ever ‘paint golf’, and introductory beginners’ sessions in the popular tournament village, as well as culinary delights from Theo’s Point.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is free for the public to attend and runs until Saturday, 4th November, 2017 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is sponsored by: FBMA, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, TDIC, Al Masaood, Etihad Airways, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi and Omega.

More information is available at www.fbmladiesopen.com, on Instagram and Twitter (@FBMLadiesOpen), and on Facebook.

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Lee-Ann sets Pace at Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

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South Africa’s Lee-Ann Pace leads the field of the world’s best women’s golfers, as the second edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open teed off on Wednesday at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Thirty-five-year-old Pace led the leaderboard at the end of the opening round, with 6-under par on the stunning beachfront course, just one shot ahead of the chasing pack, five of whom all finished on 5-under par. Seven fellow players follow closely behind on 4-under par.

Lee-Ann Pace started the afternoon with a birdie-filled front nine, a performance which pleased the South African despite having to contend with the course’s quick greens,

Pace said: “I played nicely and made quite a few putts and was successful with long putts too, including one from off the green, which I was lucky with being honest. The Par 5’s are reachable here, along with a couple of short Par 4’s too, so it’s important to take advantage and birdie these holes.”

Brit Georgia Hall who came so close in 2016 as runner-up, commented earlier this week that it would be “great to go one better” and win the milestone event this year, and her round on Wednesday certainly backed up her statement. The 21 year old – who currently sits just three shots off the leader after today’s round– racked up a total of seven birdies throughout her round to follow closely behind on 3-under par.

Hall said: “I played really well today, I hit loads of greens, my long game was really good, I just couldn’t hole anything on the front nine.

“I could have easily hit seven-under today. The greens were a little hard to read on the front nine, because you’ve got to read the grain too but it’s a solid start for day one. I’ve played the first round now so I am off and going, hopefully I can just putt a little better tomorrow.”

The first day was a fitting start to the second edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which remains the country’s first professional women’s golf tournament. Bright sunshine drew in the crowds, who swept through the gates and avidly followed the first day leaders around the course.

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open is free for the public to attend and runs from Wednesday, 1st November to Saturday, 4th November, 2017 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

More information is available at www.fbmladiesopen.com, on Instagram and Twitter (@FBMLadiesOpen), and on Facebook.

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Harry Redknapp, Mike Tindall and Michael Campbell to headline Swing Against Cancer charity golf series finale

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The ‘Swing Against Cancer’ Charity Golf Series will take place this Thursday at Jumeirah Golf Estates, and there’s still a chance to play during the day or dine at the gala event with celebrity guests.

Legendary football player and manager Harry Redknapp, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall, winner of the 2005 US Open Michael Campbell and former Westlife star Brian McFadden will all be attending.

The Swing Against Cancer Charity Golf Series 2017, launched by Sixteen10 and Worldwide Golf, follows on from the success of the Mike Clark Charity Golf Day, which over four years has raised more than US$125,000 for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FoCP), and over $50,000 in 2016 alone.

Clark, a former UAE resident, golfing enthusiast and Jumeirah Golf Estates employee, tragically passed away from cancer aged 30 on October 16, 2012 – hence the name Sixteen10.

The event will raise funds for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families through the

Individual entry for the evening event is only Dh395, and a table of 10 just Dh3,500. Guests can reserve by calling +971 56 442 1067 or by emailing [email protected]

Bids to compete alongside one of the celebrities, or for the final place in the amateur tournament can be made online at www.swingagainstcancerauction.com.

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