The England Women\'s Amateur Championship got underway today on perhaps the best day of the summer - brilliant sunshine and a light warm breeze. With the weather set fair for the next few days the Ladies should be able to turn in some good scores and not have their swings or shots blown about.
Our Green Staff have done a brilliant job in preparing the course and this was acknowledged last night by the Tournament Director James Crampton and who described the greens as the best he had ever played on. This from an ex-England International golfer is praise indeed.
At the moment of writing many players are still on the course but the best scores for a completed round stand at 1 over par.
St Enodoc Member Jenny Justice started her round with a double bogey on the 1st but played steadily after that to end up 4 over after 9 holes. Another double bogey on 16 including a penalty drop left Jenny with a total of 81 - ten over for the day. There will be many such scores today and Jenny is by no means out of it.
This report will be further updated this evening with the final scores and leaderboard.
Latest at 2040: The leader after round 1 is Inci Mehmet of Wentworth on level par. Inci Mehmet, 17, decided on a game plan which avoided aggressive play, declaring: “I honestly think this is the hardest course I have ever seen\"
“I went out today and told myself to play defensive and smart golf. I didn’t go for anything. I’m known to be quite a greedy golfer and to go for things when probably I shouldn’t,” added the Wentworth player, who had St Enodoc member Joe Cruse on the bag.
Players hunting for balls in the rough was a common sight during the day – but there were also plenty of spectacular shots to please the spectators.
Gemma Clews, who shares second place, holed a seven-iron from 160 yards for an eagle two on the 12th. It was, she said, “the first time I’ve holed a full shot in competition.”
She described the course as: “Really hard. It’s playing quite long and there are some difficult pin positions and it’s links golf, you can hit good shots and get bad bounces. But I just kept it in play and if you do that you’re fine. I hit one bad tee shot – but I found it!”
Charlotte West, who is also tied second, adopted a novel approach to the course and was rewarded with a score of 72. “I imagined there wasn’t any rough and it was just trees,” explained the 16-year-old, who plays on a parkland course.
“I tried to keep making pars, to stay away from the double bogeys and if I had a birdie opportunity to try and make it. I was really chuffed with it.” Charlotte, a former Buckinghamshire champion, won on the WPGA’s one-day series earlier this year.
Just behind her is Curtis Cup player Bronte Law who transformed her round with a birdie run and returned a two-over 73. “I started off horrendously,” she said. “I went out of bounds on the fourth and then had two three-putts and I was five over through six – then I had four birdies in five holes.”
Alex Peters from Nottinghamshire is also tied in fourth place after a solid round, which included three bogeys and one birdie. “I had four or five chances and then on the last I was just short of the green in two and my chip for eagle finished an inch from the hole. I played pretty well and I’ll try to hole some more putts tomorrow.”
Cornwall’s Sammie Giles played one of the shots of the day when she made short work of the 168-yard 15th to hole in one with a six iron. It was her second ace, but her first in competition.
Truro\'s reigning champion - Sarah-Jane Boyd - who was very well supported by her own band of Truro members, lies in 6th place 2 shots off the leader.
Tomorrow\'s breeze looks like picking up somewhat - so expect some bigger scores and perhaps a few surprises.