Hadas Libman from Israel hit the opening shot in the first round of the 2014 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Golf Championship stroke play qualifying at Royal St George’s Golf Club.
Rachael Taylor from Gc Am eRichswald hit the last drive of the day at 3.28pm, in what is a truly international ladies golf field.
The leader at 5 under par after day one was Dewi Weber from the Netherlands, while three Spanish players and one from England were one shot behind.
The sunshine was out for most of the day, but a light north-easterly breeze meant that the lady golfers did not have it all their own way on the famous golf links.
In the early stages it looked as though Bethan Popel from Long Ashton Golf Club would set the benchmark for the day. Popel, reached the turn in a -6, 31 strokes, with four birdies, and an eagle 3 at the 464 yard 7th hole. Bethan, slumped to an inward half of 43 leaving her on level par,74, but still very much in contention.
The highest ranked WAGR player in the field, Su-Hyun Oh of Australia, also finished on level par, having birdied two of the last three holes. On the same mark was Becky Harries of Haverfordwest, who eagled the 453 yard 18th hole.
Another eagle at the 18th hole from 2-time Curtis Cup player Bronte Law enabled the English golfer to card a score of two under par, 72.
Curtis Cup teammate and defending Amateur Champion Georgia Hall (pictured) finished with a four over par 76 and has work to do tomorrow if she has aspirations of defending her title.
The top 64 players qualify after the second round of tomorrow’s stroke play for the match play stages, which starts early on Thursday morning.
Follow the scoring at www.lgu.org.
A full list of leading and selected ladies golf scores is detailed below.
1st Rd Golf Leaderboard (Royal St George’s Golf Club, Par 74; 6,425 Yards):-
69 Dewi Weber (Hol)
70 Natalia Escuriola (Spa), Noemi Jimenez (Spa), Antonia Scherer (Ger), Luna Sobron (Spa), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe)
71 Laetitia Beck (Israel)
72 Leslie Cloots (Bel), Alex Milan (US), Leonie Harm (Ger), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Bronte Law (Bramhall)
Other Selected Ladies Golf Scores:-
73 Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Canada, Chloe Ryan (Castletroy, Ireland), Inci Mehmet (Wentworth)
74 Samantha Giles (St Mellion), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Rosie Davies (Indiana Univ), Becky Harries (Haverfordwest), Su-Hyun Oh (Australia), Louise Ridderstrom (Sweden), Janie Jackson (USA)
75 Hadas Libman (Israel), Marissa Hinchman (USA), Aditi Ashok (India), Caroline Nistrup (Sweden), Cloe Frankish (Charthills), Lauralie Migneaux (France), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Elodie Bridenne (France), Alex Peters (Notts Ladies), Emma Broze (Freance), Chloe Williams (Wrexham), Nuria Iturrios (Spain), Lucy Goddard (Hanbury Manor)
76 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
79 Clara Young (North Berwick), Fiona Liddell (Germany)
81 Jess Meek (Carnoustie Ladies)
82 Elizabeth Mallett (Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield)
83 Meghan Stasi (USA)