Scotland’s Michele Thomson has hit the front at the Worrell’s Women’s NSW Open at Dubbo Golf Club courtesy of a blistering opening nine holes.
Thomson started hot with a birdie at the first and continued on with further gains at the third, sixth, eighth and ninth to turn in 31, 5-under the card.
Another gain at the 13th has her 6-under and two clear of joint clubhouse leaders Camilla Lennarth and Olivia Cowan.
Australian Kristalle Blum is next best among the afternoon wave at 2-under through her first nine holes to share sixth place alongside India’s Diksha Dagar and Sweden’s Julia Engstrom.
Two tied at the top in Dubbo
There are now two players tied atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark of the opening round of the Worrells Women’s NSW Open at Dubbo Golf Club.
Germany’s Olivia Cowan birdied the 17th hole on her way to a 4-under 68 to match the earlier efforts of Swede’s Camilla Lennarth.
Like Lennarth, Cowan was bogey free on the opening day with one birdie on her outward nine and three coming back to the clubhouse.
Conditions are ideal with little wind but the narrow fairways of the Dubbo Golf Club are keeping the players on their toes with only 21 players in red figures late on the opening day.
Last week’s winner, Steph Kyriacou, was out early in the first round and after a hectic week which saw her join the play for pay ranks carded a 3-over 75 in her first outing as a professional.
Lennarth grabs early Dubbo lead
Dubbo couldn’t be much further from her home in Sweden but Camilla Lennarth is clearly in her comfort zone taking the early clubhouse lead with a 4-under 68 at the Women’s NSW Open.
Lennarth, who missed the cut last week at Bonville, posted four birdies against no dropped shots to be first off the course in red figures.
Germany’s Olivia Cowan and France’s Celine Herbin are still on course but both are also at 4-under.
Lennarth said she was pleased with the score after struggling with her game last week but was not getting ahead of herself.
“There’s a long way to go, three more rounds,” she said.
“The course is narrow so the key is to hit the fairways and today I did that with my driver.”
Slovenia’s Katja Pogacar is next best of the completed scores at 71 as the afternoon wave begin their rounds.
Celine setting the early pace
An eagle three at the ninth hole of the Dubbo Golf Club course has Frenchwoman Celine Herbin alone at the top of the leaderboard halfway through the opening round of the Worrells Women’s NSW Open.
Herbin, a two time Ladies European Tour winner, went to the turn 4-under for the day after also posting birdies at the third and seventh.
She is one shot ahead of England’s Hannah Burke and Germany’s Olivia Cowan who are through 12 and nine holes respectively.
With good scoring conditions 28 of the 78 players on course are at par or better with the afternoon groups beginning their rounds from 12.05pm.
Play Underway at Dubbo
Play is underway at Dubbo Golf Club and the morning groups are all on the course.
NSW junior star Yerin Kim got the field away at 7.15 am with a perfect drive from the first.
The favourites, including last weeks champion Stephanie Kyriacou, and two time defending champion Meghan MacLaren got their rounds underway at 8.15am.
Conditions are perfect and there is sure to be plenty of action as the day unfolds.
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