Somerset’s Amanda Mayne birdied her way to a one-shot lead in today’s first round of the English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship at St Enodoc, Cornwall.
Meanwhile Staffordshire’s Jenny Smale celebrated her birthday in style when she opened up a seven-shot lead in the new 36-hole handicap event.
Mayne (pictured), a former international from Saltford, birdied three of the last four holes to shoot two-over 75 on a calm, but overcast day.
It put her a stroke ahead of defending champion Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) who also finished with a pair of birdies.
Lowe shares second place with Cambridgeshire’s Marcella Tuttle (The Links, Newmarket) who produced an even more eye-catching end to her round, holing out for an eagle two on the 17th and signing off with birdie four on the last.
The host club has two representatives in the field. Caroline Hume-Kendall, shot 83 to keep her hopes of making the cut very much alive, while Meg Gregory needs to make up a little ground after scoring 88.
After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the top 45 and ties, who will play the final round on Thursday.
In the first round of the handicap competition it was Smale, from Whittington Heath, (pictured right) who made all the running. The 13-handicapper had four birdies in her round and only one ‘silly’ hole as she played her way to a net score of five-under 68.
“I’m ecstatic, thrilled to bits,” said Smale. “I’ve been hitting the ball well this summer but not putting the score together and I was getting a bit frustrated – but today it all just happened. I kept it more or less on the cut stuff and sank the putts.”
She was tempted to St Enodoc by the handicap event. “I have played the championship in the past but it got to the point where I didn’t feel as competitive. Then I saw this handicap event and thought I would give it a try and see how it goes. If they keep the handicap event, I will come.”