Ana Peláez hitting in front of spectators at Los Naranjos golf course. / josele

Europe's top golfers are in Marbella for the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open

On day one Ana Peláez from Malaga was the most outstanding of the three local players taking part in the Ladies European Tour at Los Naranjos golf course in Marbella

MARINA RIVAS

Marbella is the European epicentre of golf this weekend as the final leg of the Ladies European Tour: the Andalusia Costa del Sol Open is being held until Sunday at Los Naranjos golf club.

The prestigious event brings together 72 players, the 64 best in the Race to Costa del Sol (the name given to this year's Tour) and eight invited by the organisation.

Local players

On Thursday, Ana Peláez, Noemí Jiménez and Laura Gómez, three local players from Malaga province, starred together in the first game of the morning, at 10.30 am. As forecasts predicted, the most outstanding of the three was Ana Peláez, 24.

She gained a great -1 (71 strokes), with her highlight being on hole 17, which she finished in only two swings.

With this great result, the young golfer managed to finish the day as eighth in the classification, being the third best Spanish golfer in the table, behind the experienced Fátima Fernández (who shares a triple draw for the lead, with -3) and the Olympian Carlota Ciganda, who shares the fourth position with four other competitors with -2.

The next most outstanding local player was Noemí Jiménez from Marbella, who closed the day in 24th place with -2; meanwhile, Laura Gómez, from San Pedro, was relegated to 48th place with a +4.

The first day ended with a triple draw in first place, between Belgian Manon de Roey, French Anne Lise Caudal and Spanish Fátima Fernández (all with -3).

After day 2, Carlota Ciganda was top of the table, followed by fellow Spaniard Fátima Fernández and Anne-Lise Caudal of France

All 74 golfers in the competition will compete until the last day on Sunday because there are no eliminations.

Hole-in-one

South African Lee Anne Ace commanded attention with a spectacular hole-in-one at hole eight.

According to the club itself, around 800 spectators have come to Los Naranjos to closely follow the women's contest.

The club, near Puerto Banús, has not hosted a Ladies European Tour event for 33 years.

The last time was in 1988 with the Marbella Ladies Open, in which the South African Laurette Maritz was crowned winner.