Melissa Reid leads Pamela Pretswell by one shot going into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Melissa Reid kept the lead for a third successive day at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey 2015
Melissa Reid at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Melissa Reid kept the lead for a third successive day at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open despite being caught by Pamela Pretswell after 15 holes.

Reid made a slow start in the scorching conditions at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey on Tuesday afternoon and played the front nine in level par before making a double bogey on the par-4 12th hole.

The 2010 tournament winner was caught at 10 under by Pamela Pretswell when the 26-year-old from Scotland birdied the 15th hole, but after both players birdied the 17th, Pretswell dropped a shot on the uphill par-4 18th to give Reid a one stroke advantage at 11 under par.

Melissa Reid explained,

“The greens are borderline unplayable, they are so firm. We were struggling to hold wedges onto it and Gwladys hit a couple of really nice chips and they ran out 15 yards. It was tough. I always felt like I was in between clubs. I was needing a nine and a half iron, eight and a half iron. I’m quite happy in a way that I’ve played it in these conditions because hopefully tomorrow I can play a bit better.”

Pamela Pretswell at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey 2015
Pamela Pretswell at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Pamela Pretswell had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the 10th hole in her third round of 72. After her round she said:

“It was a wee bit tougher today because the course kind of changed midway with the warm weather. The course started to dry out a bit and the greens got a little bit faster. I played some good stuff but has a couple of bad holes which let me down, but I’m happy with the way I played today.”

Fellow Scot Sally Watson occupies third place after a five under par 68, while there are four Scots in the top 12 places. Watson said:

“It’s nice to have a couple of Scots up there on the leader board. It’s a good thing for Scottish golf and I’m still a couple back, so I’ll keep fighting on every shot and try to claw back shots as quickly as I can.”

Lucie Andre of France and Australian Rebecca Artis are tied for fourth place, with leading Ladies European Tour rookie Nanna Koertz Madsen of Denmark, England’s Laura Davies, Scot Kylie Walker and Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera in a share of sixth on five under par. Scotland’s Carly Booth, Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud and Lynn Carlsson from Sweden are tied for 10th place.

The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open is the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday, with the aim to increase live television coverage. So far the weather has been hot and sunny, and the weather forecast for the final round ıs …. SCORCHİO!

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey 2015
Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Turkish Airlines Ladies Open scores after round 3:
208 – Melissa Reid (ENG)  65 69 74

209 – Pamela Pretswell (SCO)  72 65 72

211 – Sally Watson (SCO)  72 71 68

212 – Rebecca Artis (AUS)  69 71 72, Lucie Andre (FRA)  71 70 71

214 – Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DNK)  72 75 67, Laura Davies (ENG)  66 77 71, Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  68 70 76, Kylie Walker (SCO)  72 74 68

215 – Lynn Carlsson (SWE)  72 71 72, Carly Booth (SCO)  70 70 75, Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)  75 68 72

Melissa Reid leads the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open after Round Two

Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015
Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Melissa Reid (England) leads the way at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open on -12, closely followed by Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) on -9, Gwladys Nocera (France) -8, Rebecca Artis (Australia) and Carly Booth (Scotland) on -6.

Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open
Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015 at Carya Golf Club, Turkey

Melissa Reid started slowly but kept her over nıght lead:

“I didn’t play great this morning, I feel fine now. I tried to stay patient because I knew that there were birdie opportunities out there. I knew at the start of the day that I wanted to get to 12 under so that was my goal the whole day.”

Pamela Pretswell shot the lowest round of her career to move ınto second place and was pleased wıth her performance:

“Today I played some really solid golf and made quite a few birdies out there, which was nice. I was just focusing on one hole at a time and doing what I could do.”

Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015
Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Carly Booth starts round 3 today in joint fourth place on 6 under after she shot 70 in both rounds.

“It’s funny because both days I’ve had the exact same stats: 11 fairways, 14 greens and 30 putts. I’m playing very steady and there were a lot of missed chances for birdie out there as well, but I’m hitting good putts, which is nice, and hopefully they will fall over the weekend.”

Carly was forgetting this is the first Ladies European Tour tournament to be played from Sunday to Wednesday.  But we knew what she meant; and when asked why she was doıng well, she commented:

“I’m feeling confident with my golf swing at the moment, I’m visualising the shots a lot better and the course suits me.”

Round three of the  Turkish Airlines Ladies Open continues today at the Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.

Carly Booth – the future of women’s golf

Carly Booth appears to have the golfing world at her feet. After being compared to Michelle Wie and being touted as the ‘female Tiger Woods’, the talented Scot has recently become the youngest player ever to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at just 15 years of age.

Her achievements to date include winning the European Young Masters in 2007 and emerging victorious in the Scottish Under-21 open. These victories may prove minimal though, given Booth’s overall ambition – to become the world’s number one female golfer. Considering that she is ranked the top junior golfer in Europe, she is certainly moving in the right direction. There haven’t been a huge amount of British females emerging in the sporting world and hopefully this can now start to change, with Booth leading the way.

Like when any young sports star bursts onto the scene, the money they are set to earn is much discussed. Fellow female golfer Michelle Wie is earning £5m a year through endorsement deals with Nike and Sony. It is being touted that Britain’s version could potentially earn double this, with the likes of Adidas and Nike likely to be interested in the advertising power of Booth. She could be golf’s answer to Anna Kournakova, with one slight difference – she is actually good at her chosen sport.

Hopefully the main focus of Booth’s long career will be success on the golf course though, with money earned coming as a bonus to the many tournaments you would bet on her to win. It shouldn’t be about how marketable she is, or how much sports gear she can sell. It should be about how many birdies she can sink and how far she can drive the ball. Too often a young British sports star is placed under the media spotlight too much – just look at Lewis Hamilton – he is under ridiculous pressure every time he races and as a result has considered leaving Britain to help concentrate on his Formula One career.

Booth is, in a sense, taking similar precautions. She moved to America when she was 13 to develop her golfing skills at an academy in Florida and has since moved to Arizona where she works on her game for three hours a day. Something which seems to be paying off.

So, when placing your golf bets this year, how about taking a chance on this young Scottish golfer. Can she be the number one female golfer in the World by the time she is 20? If she continues to develop in the way she has since taking up golf at the age of 5, I wouldn’t be surprised. Especially if she continues to focus on her game, rather than her bank balance.