France’s Elodie Chapelet has taken an early lead during the qualifying stages at the Ladies Amateur Championship to hold a two-shot advantage over fellow countrywoman, Emma Broze at Hillside Golf Club on Tuesday.
It was an enjoyable day in the sun for the French, highlighted by Chapelet’s five birdies to record a superb round of four-under par.
Although the sun was shining, the challenging fairways caused issues for the 144-strong field, who reside from 24 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, with only seven players under par.
Broze is joined in second place at two-under par by Germany’s Esther Henseleit, Spain’s Elena Maria Hualde Zuniga and the top ranked player in the field, Sweden’s Frida Kinhult.
The 20-year-old ended the day with more birdies than friend and teammate Chapelet after carding six, including four in five holes, but was unable to take advantage with four bogeys slowing her down.
Kinhult, who is the top ranked player in the field at number seven in the World Amateur Golf Rankings™, displayed maturity to sign for a first round of two-under par.
The Swede recently won back-to-back Spanish Amateur titles and is now one step closer to securing her place in the match play stages.
Wednesday will only see 64 players progress (ties resulted on countback) in their bid to secure the prestigious title at the Lancashire layout and earn a place in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes from 2-5 August.