Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley continued her impressive run to start the weekend, taking a two-shot lead at the midway stage of the tournament at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España in Marbella, Spain, on Friday, 24 November, 2023.
Rudgeley, who started the day in second place after an opening round of 66 (-6), maintained her momentum, carding a solid round of 69 (-3) to sit comfortably atop the leaderboard at nine-under-par.
Reflecting on her performance, Rudgeley highlighted her steady play and the mix of successful and missed putts that come with the nature of the game. While acknowledging the changing wind conditions, she remains focused on her game plan, aiming to continue enjoying her golf and stay in the moment.
In a tightly contested field, five players share the second spot at seven-under-par, including France’s Anne-Lise Caudal, Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino, India’s Aditi Ashok, Norway’s Madelene Stavnar, and Sweden’s Linn Grant. Caudal, firing a commendable 67 (-5), expressed satisfaction with her game, eyeing a crucial finish to secure her spot in the Race to Costa del Sol rankings.
Peláez Trivino, another strong contender, delivered a consistent performance, following her previous 69 (-3) with a solid 68 (-4). The Spanish player maintains focus on her game and cherishes the opportunity to compete at a course she enjoys.
India’s Aditi Ashok, who showcased brilliant form in Kenya’s season-opener, continued her impressive display with consecutive rounds of 69-68 in Spain. Ashok emphasised the challenges of adapting to changing wind directions but remains optimistic about leveraging her learnings for the upcoming rounds.
Notably, South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace secured the seventh spot at six-under-par, while players like Andrea Revuelta, Celine Boutier, Anne Van Dam, Carlota Ciganda, and Manon De Roey are closely trailing behind, promising an enthralling competition in the rounds to come.
Pace has kept her form steady over the first two rounds, adding four birdies on Friday to Thursday’s six, and counting only two bogeys on each round, is well within sight of the leaderboard front row.
Nicole Garcia has also been he epitome of steady, carding a 1-under par each of the first two rounds for a tournament total of 142, four back from Pace. South Africa’ third golf on the course, Casandra Alexander has carded respectable rounds of 69 and 73, and if she can manage to dampen the bogeys down, her ability to sink repeated birdies will see a much-improved card.
With the Race to Costa del Sol contenders positioning themselves strategically, the tournament’s third round is set to begin at 9.45 am (local time), with the final group teeing off at 11.46 am (local time) in Spain.
Photo Caption: Rudgeley leads by two at the midway point of Andalucía Costa del Sol Open, with South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace just three shots behind as the world’s top golfers vie for victory in Spain. Photo: (c). LET