Lydia impresses to a tee in Morocco!

By GEM Community Correspondent in Golf

Bridgend golfer Lydia Hall tied for 14th place in the Lalla Meryem Cup tournament in Morocco after leading the field at the halfway stage.

The 29-year-old shot opening rounds of 69 and 68 – seven under par – to lead the field by two shots.

A good start to the third round saw her extend her lead to four shots, but then her form started unravelling.

A run of five holes produced three bogeys and one double bogey and saw her finish with a 74 – still good enough for second place just one shot off the lead going into the final round on Sunday.

But Lydia wasn’t able to recapture her form of the first two rounds and a fourth round 78 saw her tumble outside the top 10.

She finished with a one-over-par total of 289 – nine shots behind the Czech winner – winning a cheque for €7,785.

She turned professional in 2007 and plays on the Ladies’ European Tour. Her only tour win so far came when she won the ISPS Handa Ladies’ British Masters in 2012.

Lydia, from Pencoed, is the daughter of Wayne Hall, a former rugby player who played for Wales in 1988.

She is ranked 310th in the world, has played in 135 tournaments and won €332,000 in prize money.

Lydia says her greatest influence in golf has been John Peters, her coach at Southerndown Golf Club.

MICHAEL PROSSER

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