Two Scots – Gemma Dryburgh and Heather Munro – in the top ten and another two – Gabrielle Macdonald and Lauren Whyte in the leading dozen – added up to a good first day for the host country in the British women’s open amateur stroke play championship at Prestwick Golf Club.
Seventeen-year-old Chinese player Jing Yan, who won the British U18 girls’ championship at Fairhaven last Friday, shot a brilliant six-under-par 68 to take a three-shot lead. Aberdeen-born Dryburgh, a student at Tulane University, New Orleans, is one of five players on the two-under 72 mark behind Jing Lang and Ireland’s Lisa Maguire on 71.
Monifieth teenager Munro recovered from a bogey-bogey start to shoot a level par round of 74 while St Andrews student Macdonald (Craigielaw) is on the 75 mark alongside Whyte (St Regulus).
Carnoustie’s Ailsa Summers, the St Rule Trophy winner at St Andrews in May, is joint 21st on 76. The field will be cut to the leading 40 and ties after today’s second round.