MacLaren finished tied for sixth in the 2020 Dubai Moonlight Classic at the Emirates Golf Club, playing on the Faldo Course, and has strong connections with Dubai.
” I’m really pleased with that. It was nice to sneak a birdie in there on the last, but that was a really solid start, ” said MacLaren.
The key was Patience. I didn’t make any bogeys today and I feel that’s a pretty good effort around here. Especially because when you get on the wrong side of the hole, you get in tough spots pretty quickly. I hit a lot of greens and holed out really well and just cleaned up
– Meghan MacLaren, English golfer
” The key was Patience. I didn’t make any bogeys today and I feel that’s a pretty good effort around here. Especially because when you get on the wrong side of the hole, you get in tough spots pretty quickly. I hit a lot of greens and holed out really well and just cleaned up. ”
” It was nice to pick up a couple of birdies on the par Fives on my first nine, I scrapped a bit of a par on the seventh which was the last par five I played. It always makes it a little bit easier for the rest of the round if you can pick off those ones. ”
Australia is a destination where MacLaren thrives having won both her LET titles in the country and her first, back in 2018, was just down the road at Coffs Harbor Golf Club. ” I need to move here. I love it here. I am also in a great place. It was a bit of a rollercoaster emotionally the first couple months of the year just trying to figure out what I wanted to do and what I thought was best for me, ” she said.
” But once I drew the line and made the call I’ve been really settled and just enjoying my golf, enjoying the process and I’m putting some scores together again. ‘
Spain’s Carmen Alonso is one of three players in a share of second place after the first day at Bonville Golf Resort. The 37-year-old carded a round of 68 (- 4) which included five birdies and one bogey to be one shot behind leader MacLaren.
Others in the second are Stephanie Bunque (Aus) and India’s Amandeep Drall.
Dubai based Kristyna Napoleaova (Czech Republic), who finished tied second in the recent ARAMCO Saudi Ladies International Presented by Public Investment Fund last month at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, KAEC, Jeddah, and currently sits in 11th place in the season long LET The race to the Costa Del Sol Order of Merit shot a four over par 76, to lie in tied 47th place, despite suffering from bruised ribs. JA The Resort Ambassador Amy Boulden (Wal) also shot 76.
The four-round tournament, being played over the 6,249 yards, par 72, Bonville Golf Resort layout, finishes on Sunday.