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Walton Heath 2023

Easy for Ewing to switch off


Runaway leader feels relaxed ahead of weekend

Ally Ewing in action at Walton Heath

Ally Ewing plans to celebrate her five-shot lead at the AIG Women’s Open by satisfying her sweet tooth – as she happily ignores what could lie ahead of her at the weekend.

The 30-year-old produced a late rally to sneak into the overnight lead after round one at Walton Heath.

But she blew the field away on Friday morning, going out in just 30 on the way to an impressive six-under 66.

Staying with her mother- and sister-in-law in an Air BnB in nearby Reigate, Ewing will keep her thoughts away from the Championship by finding somewhere to eat and by completing some chores.


She said: “We’ll probably just kick our feet up. We might do some laundry, we might go get a pastry – which is not recommended for a diabetic but I’m gonna reward myself today!

“I know there’s gonna be potentially a long turnaround with a late tee time [on Saturday], but I’m going to try and relax and be best recovered and prepared to tee off tomorrow.”

A sublime approach led to a birdie at the 3rd which moved Ewing to five-under-par.

She then pushed her foot on the accelerator with four straight birdies from the 6th, and when she sank another birdie at the 11th she found herself seven shots clear of the field.

One more birdie, at 16, was followed by a bogey at the last giving Ewing a ten-under total.

She said: “I didn’t know until I signed my scorecard that I had four birdies in a row, so I’d probably say that stretch from 6 to 11 was a little bit of a blur.

“But I was very in-the-present on all of those shots. It’s not like [my mind] was wandering around, it still took execution and being in the present.”

Ewing’s closest challengers midway through the second afternoon were fellow American Andrea Lee and Japan’s Minami Katsu who are both five-under-par.

Ally Ewing made a flying start on day two at the 2023 AIG Women's Open

However, regardless of the position she finds herself at the halfway stage, the Mississippi native will not be thinking too far ahead and will seek to put the first two rounds to the back of her mind.

She said: “I’m gonna know where I’m at [on the leaderboard] at the end of the day, but mentally you just have to be ready to regroup because the past is the past.

“Nothing I’ve done in the past 36 holes can do anything for me for the next 36, so I'm just going to be mentally prepared for each individual day that presents itself.”