Magenta Shores CC, March 29-31, 2024

Day One LIVE From Magenta Shores

6.25 pm: Thai makes late afternoon surge
Rising Thai star Sasikarn Somboonsup has joined a brace of golfers at five under par, still three shots behind the leader Justice Bosio.

The Texas State Graduate was in a determined mood, marching up the leaderboard with birdies on the 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th and 13th to get to minus five, and within three of the lead set by the Queensland amateur.

A chunked tee shot on the 16th saw her only dropped shot of the day come, but a clinical birdie on the next gave her a shot at sole second place coming up the last.

Sadly after hitting her approach past the hole, and facing a speedy downhiller, the Thai settled for a par and a five under 67.

Justiice Bosio
Justice Bosio leads the women’s NSW Open

1.00 pm: It’s Justice Day
Queensland amateur Justice Bosio has smashed the Magenta Shores course record, carding a bogey-free seven under par 65 in the opening round of the Women’s NSW Open Golf Championship.

On a morning perfect for scoring, the Queensland and Australian representative upstaged several of the Ladies European Tour’s (LET) best, to jump out to a three-shot lead.

“I couldn’t have started it any better. I said to my dad (Luke), on the last, I was like, ‘What did I have?” Bosio explained after her round.

“It was one of those rounds where you are just cruising along, and then all of sudden you’re sinking putts, sticking them close. I was not sure if I was six or seven.”

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Five players sit in a logjam for second place at four under, Sofie Bringner of Sweden, Bronte Law of England, Bosio’s Queensland team Sarah Hammett, Tour rookie Shannon Tan and another Swede, Elin Arvidsson.

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Rachel Lee leads the local charge, at three under. the teenager endured a roller-coaster day, and at one stage held a share of the lead at minus four. Sadly, bogies on the 5th and the 9th (her back nine) saw her drop out of a share of second place.

Klara Davidson Spilkova
Klara Davidson Spilkova had the first hole-in-one of the 2024 Women’s NSW Open

12.35 pm: DOUBLE Hole in One Alert! Klara Davidson Splikova has recorded the first Ace of the 2024 Women’s NSW Open Golf Championship, and to top it off, Leonie Harm has binned a seven iron for a second ace on the 6th.

The Czech hit a nine iron from 115 metres for the magical moment, saying it was just a good shot.

“I didn’t see it go in, there were some people following us, and they saw it.”

The Hole-in-one was Splikova’s eighth hole-in-one

“It’s been a while, so it was really nice, not too many in a tournament though.”

Harm, meanwhile was fraught between delight and despair, prior to her magical moment, with the lone spectator, a volunteer not display any sort of excitement at witnessing the feat.

“I thought I saw it go in, but the guy beside the green didn’t show any emotion and I was like saying to myself did it go in or run off the back?

“I was going between genius and insanity, thinking am I having a hole-in-one or a triple here?”

For the record, Harm said the shot was from 126 metres into little breeze, and it was her third ace.

“I couldn’t get there with an eight, so I choked down on a seven,” she said.

Sarah Hammett of Queensland hits a shot
Sarah Hammett of Queensland hits a shot during the opening round of the 2024 Women’s NSW Open Golf Championship

11.10 am: Amateur Hour..
It was a four-way tie with three amateurs sitting at the top of the Women’s NSW Open Golf Leaderboard for a fleeting moment. Here’s the scorecard for prosperity:

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Bosio has just moved to minus-five and is now the player to catch.

10.45: am Here Comes Some April Sun:

Thailand’s April Angurasaranee is shining bright, four birdies in her first nine holes to move into outright second at minus four. It’s no mean feat to keep her card bogey-free around the testing front nine here at Magenta Shores.

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10.15 am: Hammett on an early charge

Queensland’s Sarah Hammett is on an early charge, in outright first place now at four under.

The teenage amateur has five birdies on her card in the first 11 holes in an impressive start to her campaign.

She’s not the only amateur star in the mix this morning; Mollymook RQ winner Rachel Lee is in a tie for second at minus three, alongside Hammett’s Queensland teammate, Justice Bosio.

The Australian Golf Club’s Annika Rathbone is at even alongside NSW Amateur champ Godiva Kim. Bathurst RQ winner Ella Scaysbrook has got off to a slow start, two over through six holes.

9.50 am: Wagga Wagga RQ winner Amy Taylor has made a nice move, captured here by on-course correspondent Mark Hayes via Twitter:

She’s now at two under and a shot back from the leaders.

Jeongmin Cho at Magenta Shores
Jeongmin Cho at Magenta Shores in the opening round of the 2024 Women’s NSW OPen Golf Championship

8.20 am: The opening round of the 2024 Women’s NSW Open is underway here at Magenta Shores.

Play began under overcast skies, which is not expected to lift for much of the day. The temperature is not expected to get much above 23 degrees Celsius, with the wind expected to reach no more than about 10 km/h which makes it perfect for golf.

With the leading groups about to make the turn, it’s a multinational four-way tie at the top, with Swede Sofia Bringer, Duntryleague RQ winner Joengmin Cho of Korea, English powerhouse Bronte Law, Italian Fernanda Lira and Queensland young gun Sarah Hammett tied at the top at three under.

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