Camilla Lennarth from Sweden fired a three-under-par 69 in gusty and changeable conditions to join overnight leader Sally Watson in a share of the lead after the third round of the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open Camilla Lennarth presented by Respect at Golf Resort Tále near Brezno.
Watson held a three stroke lead going into the third round and extended her advantage to five strokes after a birdie on the fourth hole, but her lead began to diminish after she dropped a stroke at the sixth.
After missing the green and taking a double on the par 3 10th, she recovered with a birdie on the next hole but dropped two more strokes on 14 and 15 to sign for a three-over 75. She was eventually caught by Lennarth after the Swede birdied the 17th hole. Lennarth had an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys on her card.
Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic is two strokes back in third position and also looking for her first career win on the LET. The 19-year-old from Prague recovered from a double bogey on the second and a triple on the 12th by closing with three birdies in her last five holes.
After her round, Spilkova said: “It was up and down all the time. I had four putts on the second hole, which hasn’t happened to me in 10 years, but I had a crazy long birdie putt on the par 3. I took a triple because of a bad drive but then I started to play really good and I had three birdies so I’m so happy to finish like this.”
A stroke further back on two-under-par are English duo Melissa Reid and Liz Young, Italian Sophie Sandolo and Germany’s Ann-Kathrin Lindner.
Young finished in a share of fourth at the venue last year and is another player in contention for her first LET win.
Reid, a four-time winner on the LET, will be targeting her first win in two years. Her approach to the 18th green landed a foot past the hole, span back and hit the flag leaving her with a tap-in for birdie. She said: “It was tough today. It was really windy yesterday afternoon as well so I was happy to shoot 68 yesterday and then played not as well today. I dropped a couple of shots but I’m happy with one-under.”
With a third round 78, the recent Turkish Airlines Ladies Open champion Valentine Derrey slipped down from a share of second into a tie for ninth position, while first-round leader Kylie Walker and Charley Hull are in a group sharing 16th position on three-over-par.
The final round will start from two tees on Sunday morning with the leaders teeing off at 9.40am local time.
Leading Ladies Golf Scores:-
1 Sally Watson 09:40 -5
1 Camilla Lennarth 09:40 -5
3 Klara Spilkova 09:40 -3
4 Liz Young 09:18 -2
4 Sophie Sandolo 09:29 -2
4 Melissa Reid 09:29 -2
4 Ann-Kathrin Lindner 09:29 -2
8 Sophie Walker 09:18 E
9 Valentine Derrey 09:07 +1
9 Lauren Taylor 09:07 +1