- Team Roussin hold a three-shot lead after 18 holes
- Nuria Iturrioz leads by two in the individual competition
At the end of the completed first round, Team Roussin and Nuria Iturrioz still lead the team and individual competitions at the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Florida.
The first day was disrupted due to a thunderstorm in the afternoon which meant play was suspended for nearly two hours.
However, the teams who did not complete their rounds yesterday returned to Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach this morning to finish their remaining holes.
After this morning’s groups had finished it was still Team Roussin who topped the individual leaderboard with a score of 16-under-par.
The quartet of Pauline Roussin, Nuria Iturrioz, Trish Johnson and amateur Michael Bickford began their round yesterday on the 10th tee and were five-under through nine holes.
However, they really turned up the heat on their back nine to be 11-under-par and reach a total of -16 to give themselves a three-shot lead.
Captain Roussin said: “We just had fun. We were pretty quiet on the front nine and then we made it happen on the back nine. Obviously, a bit louder, more birdies and definitely a lot of fun.”
While it was also a great day individually for Iturrioz, who fired a great round of 67 (-5) which included an eagle, six birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.
The Spaniard said: “I think the environment with Pauline is very nice. I played with her in Singapore when she won, so I have good memories and I’m trying to do the same as her this week.”
Four teams were in a share of second place at the end of the completed first round with Team Ko, Team Alexander, Team Simmermacher and Team Gustavsson all on 13-under-par.
Captain Ko said: “On our back nine, which was the front line, I think I was very non-apparent, but I tried to be there for support even though my scores weren’t coming. But I feel like we, for the most part, were able to back each other up on the hole.
“If somebody was struggling, the other two would play well and I think that’s what you’ve got to do in this kind of format. This is only my second time playing it, so I’m still trying to get used to us being in a four-ball. It’s been a great group and it was just a lot of fun for us.”
While Team Alexander didn’t drop a shot all day going out in seven-under-par and coming home in six-under-par.
“It’s a great team,” said captain Casandra Alexander, who has been…
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