Walsh arrives in France without her clubs ahead of Jabra Ladies Open

Ronan MacNamara

Lauren Walsh (Photo credit: LET)

Ronan MacNamara

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Lauren Walsh will look to continue her fine form at the Jabra Ladies Open this week, but she faces a nervous wait to see if her golf clubs arrive on time.

Walsh finished in 8th place at the Amundi German Masters for her first top-10 of her rookie Ladies European Tour season last week but upon her arrival at Evian Resort Golf Club, her clubs did not come with her.

Walsh had been competing in US Women’s Open qualifying at Golf & Country Club Seddiner See on Monday before making the quick turnaround to Evian for the LET event.

Three spaces were available and Walsh missed out by a shot on six-under after a 66 while Olivia Mehaffey withdrew after a first round of 74.

Dealing with matters at hand at the Jabra Ladies Open, last year’s winner Linn Grant is absent from the field to defend her crown but past champions Tiia Koisvisto (2022), Pia Babnik (2021), and Annabel Dimmock (2019) are all in town. The latter is teeing up in just her second LET event of the season after returning from injury.

Two former Order of Merit winners are in the field with reigning Race to Costa del Sol champion Trichat Cheenglab playing alongside South African legend Lee-Anne Pace.

Two winners from the 2024 LET season will be vying to add another title with rookies Chiara Tamburlinifrom Switzerland and Shannon Tan from Singapore both in the field.

On the home front, 16 French players will be taking to the historic fairways at Evian including honorary member and two-time LET winner, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard.

She is joined by the in-form Nastasia Nadaud, last year’s runner-up Celine Herbin, and World No 92 Perrine Delacour. The Solheim Cup hopeful is making her first LET start as a member this week.

The Metraux sisters, Morgane and Kim, have also made the short trip across Lake Geneva. Elsewhere, the 2023 Hero Women’s Indian Open winner, Aline Krauter, is returning to LET action.

Three amateurs will be teeing it up this week with 15-year-old Louise Uma Landgraf the youngest player in the field.

Rookies are also plentiful with 21 first year graduates in the field. Finally, there are no fewer than 35 LET winners teeing up with a combined 70 wins on the circuit.

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