Meghan MacLaren remains in the fast lane and is heading for her third LETAS victory at the VP Bank Ladies Open in Eastern Switzerland. In round two, the Englishwoman has taken the sole lead. However, her advantage going into the final round is only one better than Karolin Lampert. The German, who plays mainly on the Ladies European Tour, is in good shape early in the season with a top 10 finish on the LET three weeks ago in Morocco.

On moving day in Gams, neither Lampert nor MacLaren remained flawless, but they were able to establish themselves at the top of the leaderboard thanks to their matching 70’s.

"I tried not to think about the score, but to do my thing like I did on the first day," explained MacLaren, about her recipe for success.

Russia’s Nina Pegova (70), Marta Silva (70) of Spain, Swede Jenny Haglund (71) and Linda Henriksson (68) of Finland, are two shots behind MacLaren. Henriksson needed 68 shots for her second round - the best score of the day. Englishwoman Cloe Frankish also recorded a 68, which moved her up to 7th place and in a tie with Italy’s Stefania Avanzo (70), Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (71) of Iceland and joint overnight leader, Joana de Sa Pireira from Portugal.

Karolin Lampert will have a strong voice on Sunday in the battle for victory, and her bid to become the second German winner in the event’s four-year history, after Olivia Cowan’s triumph in 2015 but the in-form MacLaren will be hard to beat.

Forty-five professionals and seven amateurs made the cut, which fell at +3, 147.


First round news


England’s Meghan MacLaren and Joana de Sa Pireira of Portugal shot opening 68’s to tie for the lead after the first round of the VP Bank Ladies Open, at Gams Werdenberg Golf Club in Switzerland.

MacLaren is in top form with a win in the second event of the season, the Azores Ladies Open just two weeks ago. The 22-year-old teed off from the 10th, opening with six pars in a row, followed by two birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, and an eagle on the par five 18th. Two bogeys on the 339-yard par four second and the tough 6th hole, were followed with closing birdies on the 8th and 9th.

“It was good, I played well. Not much happened besides the last 3 holes, birdie, birdie, eagle. It was solid and then suddenly it changed. It’s a good course and if you are on you game, you can make birdies,” commented MacLaren.

De Sa Pereira has also started the 2017 LETAS season well with a 7th place finish in the Azores. The 26-year-old, who was born in Switzerland but now lives in France, recorded five birdies and a solitary bogey on her way to an opening round of four under par.

“I putted very well and my driving was okay. My ball striking was good and I had a great caddy, my father.”

Five players are tied for third place at three under par, Germany’s Karolin Lampert and Luisa Dittrich, Ainil Bakar from Malaysia, Spain’s Mireia Prat and Jenny Haglund of Sweden.

The highest placed Swiss player is Caroline Rominger, from St. Moritz, who shot an opening even par, 72.