SA Trio vie for Spanish Open

by | May 9, 2007

New Zealander Lynn Brooky likes her chances of defending the Spanish Open at Club de Campo Mediterràneo in Castellón this week, which also features South Africans Lee-Anne Pace, Stacy Bregman and Laurette Maritz.

“I think I can win any day. As long as the putts drop, I’ll be there,” the four-time Ladies European Tour champion said.
The 39-year-old Kiwi from Wellington said she has never played the par-72 golf course in the small village of Borriol, which is home to PGA Tour star Sergio Garcia, but she says, “It’s all down to the putting.”
Since joining up with British coach Ian Godleman, she has embarked upon a more spiritual lifestyle, which includes a fresh approach to fitness.  She now meditates, practises tai chi and stretches regularly.
“I’m treating it as a job. I’m really dedicated and I’m not going to quit!” Brooky said. “I’m really happy. I’ve found a really good friend and a really good coach that’s committed to me. He’s getting me to be a great player rather than just a good player.”

Stars at the Spanish Open include Australia’s Nikki Garrett, No.1 in Europe after her maiden win at last week’s Tenerife Ladies Open; Spain’s Paula Marti, the European No.2, Welsh player Becky Brewerton, England’s Trish Johnson and Spain’s Tania Elosegui, ranked third, fourth and fifth on the New Star Money List respectively.
France’s Gwladys Nocera, Stephanie Arricau and England’s Rebecca Hudson will all be aiming for strong performances this week to consolidate their positions inside the top five on the European Solheim Cup standings. They currently lie first, fourth and fifth respectively.
The Spanish Open starts on Thursday 10 May, and ends on Sunday 13 May. First-round draws and tournament info can be viewed at the Ladies European Tour website.

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