Date: May 22, 2014
Author: ALPG

Na hopes to keep up good form

Holly Clyburn returns as defending champion to the scene of her maiden Ladies European Tour victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open, which will be held at The International Golf Club in Amsterdam. Holly came from a stroke behind the second round leader Camilla Lennarth to claim the title by three strokes from rising star Charlie Hull.

The 23-year-old from Cleethorpes, who grew up playing on Lincolnshire’s windy coast, posted rounds of 71, 69 and 71 in Baltic conditions for a winning total of 211, eight-under-par.

She is hoping for a howling wind and rain this weekend, although only a gentle breeze and moderate temperatures are forecast.

“I’d like to defend really well. I really enjoyed the course, felt at home and the conditions did play into my hands,” said the Curtis Cup winner. “It’s playing slightly differently because the wind is totally different this week.  I think this year the course has matured and improved and looks really nice. The greens are smooth and rolling well.”

Steph Na, one of the most naturally gifted players in the women's game looks the best chance of the Aussies this week, and will be looking to build on her recent return to form. Na followed up a 2nd place finish on the Symetra tour with a top 10 finish at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open and most recently made it through a tough 36 hole qualifier fto get a start at the 2014 US Women's Open.

Na is joined in the field by Niiki Campbell, who also successfully qualified for the US Open and Bree Arthur who is returning from a wrist injury that resulted in an enforced layoff from the game. Arthur will be hoping good memories from 2013 where she finished 4th will help her to regain some confidence and her early season form.