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IELAC 2008 Training - 29.8.2008

Viva Espana

It was a Spanish dual lead with Maria Hernandez just ahead of Carlota Ciganda after the third round. Playing a 73, Christen Boeljon is close behind in third place. This trio has a good edge on the pursuers and are on course to win a medal.

It was the day of the Spaniards on the third day of the International European Ladies Amateur Championship. Maria Hernandez and Carlota Ciganda were better able to handle the windy conditions at GC Schloss Schönborn and took the lead from the Netherland's Christel Boeljon.

Maria Hernandez succeeded in grabbing the lead late in the round on the number 16, a Par 5: with an Eagle, the 22-year-old from Pamplona secured the best round of the day with 70 strokes (3 under Par) and set the new best mark at 6 under Par after 54 holes.

18-year-old Carlota Ciganda, played, from all of the 54 finalists, the safest golf of the day and only had to settle for two Bogeys on this parkland course. After playing her fourth Birdie of the day, it appeared
that last year's European second-place finisher was in a good position by hole 17 to take over the lead. On the dangerous Par 5 at the conclusion however, Ciganda dropped a shot and fell back one stroke behind Hernandez with a 71.

The leader from the first two days, Christel Boeljon, was not able to profit from 6 strong Birdies due to an equal amount of Bogeys. The Dutchwoman ended her round with a 73, the same as her second round score which pushed her back to third place and two strokes behind Hernandez.

On track to win a medal on the final 18 holes on Saturday currently only seem to be these top 3 who were able to take a 4 to 6 stroke lead over the next best players in the field. Lucie Andre (Fra) improved to Even Par after playing a 71. Denmark's Charlotte Kring-Lorentzen was forced to share fourth place after falling back with a round of 74. Next to Hernandez, Line Vedel Hansen (Den) was able to play a round of 70, and by doing so improved to seventh place at 2 over Par.

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