6th September 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Steady Simon stays the course in Sweden
South Africaâ€™s Ashleigh Simon will start todayâ€™s final round of the Helsingborg Open four shots off the pace from Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark, who strengthened her bid for a wire-to-wire maiden Ladies European Tour victory in Sweden with a solid performance Saturday.
For a third successive day, Larsen broke 70 at Vasatorps Golf Club and a third round five under 68 lifted her to 14-under-par 205.
Simon vaulted to second with a roaring eight-under-par 65 in the second round.
The Wanna Be A Champion golfer collected three birdies as heavy rain fell in MÃ¶rarp. A bogey at 18 saw Simon sign for a two under 71.
â€œI hit it well again, but didnâ€™t hole as many putts,â€ Simon said after finishing at 209, two strokes clear of third-placed Malene Jorgensen from Denmark.
â€œThatâ€™s kind of what happens after youâ€™ve had nine birdies in a round. Iâ€™m still happy with the way I played. I didnâ€™t hit it too good the last three holes, but Iâ€™m only four behind.
â€œNicole played great so it was good to feed off each other.
â€œSheâ€™s had three really good rounds and sheâ€™s playing really consistent. We donâ€™t know what the weatherâ€™s going to do, but Iâ€™m going to need a good low one to try and beat her.â€
South African rookie Melissa Eaton also card a 71 to climb to a tie for 28th at one under 218, while compatriot Laurette Maritz returned a 79 to slip to 57th on 224.
Larsen won twice on the Access Series â€“ the feeder Tour for the LET â€“ in 2013 and joined the LET last year.
â€œI played very well today and make few mistakes and when I did I fought back,â€ Larsen said.
â€œI could only putt on three of the par fives, so it was nice to hit it long and reach the par fives.Â Itâ€™s really nice that I kept it going and Iâ€™m in the lead so tomorrow is going to be exciting. I donâ€™t know what I have to shoot but Iâ€™ll make a number and go for it.â€
The highlight of her round was an eagle at the par-five 16th, where she hit driver, three-wood to three metres from the flag.
She dropped her only shot of the day at the closing hole when she failed to save par from the right greenside bunker.
PHOTO â€“ Ashleigh Simon; credit Tristan Jones / LET