LET ACCESS- VIAPLAY LADIES FINNISH OPEN 2018 PREVIEW
Location: Lahti, Finland
Course: Messila Golf
Defending Champion: Ursula Wikstrom (-9)
Prize Fund: €40,000
What a fantastic event in France at the Jabra Ladies Open where any one of 6 players could have won coming down the final stretch. It ended in a playoff, where Astrid Vayson De Pradenne from France beat Karolin Lampert from Germany. This was Astrid's first tour victory and she celebrated in style!
This week the tour heads to Finland for the Viaplay Ladies Finnish Open (above). We have a look at some of the players who could make an impact this week.
Where better to start than with last weeks winner, Astrid Vayson De Pradenne. Astrid from Chateauneuf-Du-Pape in France, who had never even had a top 10 on the LET reflected after the round on what she called the best day of her life, “I came here as an outsider because I have a very small career money,” she said. “I have some earnings from one tournament in 2014 on the Ladies European Tour. As an outsider and just being focused, making it to the end and winning a play-off with a birdie on the 18th hole with 100 or 200 people watching and a loud crowd, they will be very special memories for me.“You try so hard for years and years and nothing really happens, being so close. Now this is real and I still feel like I’m dreaming. I’m like a bird and I’m not on the ground yet. I can’t believe I’m going to play in The Evian Championship and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at nearly 33 years old. I mean, come on! Anybody can try. You just have to persevere, no matter what some people say. You have to truly believe in your dreams and make it happen.”
With the win she moves to the top of the Order of Merit standings and it will be interesting to see if she can keep her form going this week.
We will stick with our tip from last week, Noemi Jimenez of Spain. She has had a great start to the season with a win, a 3rd and last week finishing 10th and now sits 2nd in the Order of Merit on the LET Access Series. On the LET Jimenez who is from Marbella, has had two top 20 finishes.
She will look to make the most of her positive start the season and be the first player to win twice.
Felicity Johnson had a 4th place finish last weekend finishing 3 shots off the lead. Johnson, from Birmingham in England has had mixed results in her 6 starts on the LET this season and currently sits in 44th position on the LET order of merit. In March, she won on the Australian ALPG at the Brisbane Invitational. Last week saw a welcome return to form, and she has the talent to build on that finish this week in Finland.
Ursula Wikstrom from Finland is a home favorite and the defending champion. Ursula, from Espoo is some what of a tour veteran with over 200 starts and over 20 top 10 finishes to her name. This season she has started well on the LET Access series. She was leading going into the final round last week but an unfortunate 74 in the final round led her to a 5th place finish. She also finished 3rd at the Terre Blanche Ladies Open and sits 6th on the order of merit. Ursula, has had some mixed result on the LET, after 6 starts she sits in 34th place. However, never write of the defending champion, especially when it's her home event!
Jane Turner is having a steady season on the LET Access. After missing the cut in the first event she has bounced back with an 11th and 10th place finish. Turner, from Scotland is a winner on tour after claiming the Bossey Ladies Championship in 2017. The Scot looks set to continue her consistent form here in Finalnd.
Current LET Access Series Order of Merit.