Scots teenager Ruben Lindsay leads the way at the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale

Ayr Belleisle 16-year-old posts a four-under par round of 67

Ruben Lindsay of Scotland in action at the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale. Picture: Richard Heathcote/R&A via Getty Images

Scotland’s Ruben Lindsay enjoyed a productive opening day at the Amateur Championship to lead the 120-strong field in stroke play qualifying.

The Ayr Belleisle 16 year old posted a four-under par round of 67 at Royal Birkdale.

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Lindsay got off to a flyer with a birdie at the first hole and, although he dropped a stroke at the third, he enjoyed further birdies at the third and ninth.

An eagle 3 at the 15th hole and a birdie at the 17th further strengthened Lindsay’s position before a bogey at the last. Dartford’s Mason Essam was a shot behind in second place.

The top 64 players and ties go through to the match play stage which begins today.

The other Scots to make it through include Balmore’s James Wilson (72), Castle Park’s Connor Wilson, The Irvine’s Stuart Easton (both 73), Kirkhill’s Lewis Irvine, Peebles’ Darren Howie (both 74) and Charleton’s Andrew Davidson (75).

Five players finished under par to lead stroke play qualifying at the Women’s Amateur Championship at West Lancashire.

The English trio of Emily Price, Rosie Belsham and Isabelle Simpson were joined by Carolina Melgrati from Italy and Denmark’s Amalie Leth-Nissen in signing for one-under-par rounds of 71.

From a starting field of almost 100 competitors aged from 13 to 57, the quintet led the top 64 players into the match play stage.

Three players finished next best on level par – Ireland’s Paula Grant, Victoria Levy from Switzerland and Germany’s Paula Schulz-Hanssen.

With stroke play qualifying reduced to one round after Tuesday’s rain, play was delayed a further hour yerterday morning due to strong winds.

North Berwick’s Clara Young and Royal Troon’s Hazel MacGarvie were the leading Scots after rounds of 73. Broomieknowe’s Hannah Darling (75), Milngavie’s Lorna McClymont, Regulus’ Chloe Goadby and Auchterarder’s Penelope Brown (all 76) also qualified.

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