Alena Sharp served up a similar assessment of Woburn Golf Club, the English site of this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, as her future Canadian Olympic teammate Brooke Henderson had offered earlier in the week.
“I like the course,” said Sharp, who opened Thursday with a four-under 68 that has her tied for sixth going into the second round, six shots off the lead held by Mirim Lee, who shot a 62 to set a course and tournament record for lowest score in an opening round..
“It reminds me of being at home in Canada, doesn’t remind me of a British Open style course. It’s in great shape,” she said.
“The greens are tricky. You need to know where you’re hitting it to on the greens because of the slopes. Some of the pins are on the slopes today. Just knowing the course a little better would have been nice, a couple shots, but overall, it’s gettable, because there’s not a lot of wind,” added Sharp.
“I think off the tees, too, it’s not a whale away at it kind of course. You need to place it. I hit a lot of three woods on the front nine, more just because of the doglegs, to be in the right spot,” she said.
Sharp opened with bogeys on the second and sixth holes, but those were to be her only blemishes on Thursday as she bounced right back with birdies on seven and eight to make the turn at even par,
An eagle on the par four 12th took her to two under, followed by birdies on 13 and 15 to round out her score.
“Today was kind of weird,” she said.
“It didn’t start off very well. I was two over through six holes and then, made a couple birdies to get it back right away,” said Sharp.
“I holed a shot out on 12 from 40 yards over the water. It was kind of a scary shot and hit the green and rolled right in the cup. The next hole, I almost holed it out also, like eagle, birdie, and was three under and then birdied 15,” she added.
“I played steady all day. I made a lot of good putts – just keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve been working hard all year, so I’m happy, a little bit of refresh and get a good night’s sleep (Thursday) and go after it,” said Sharp.
Henderson and Maude-Aimee Leblanc each shot one-under 71s on Thursday and are tied for 31st going into the second round on Friday.
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