English Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship day one: McClymont makes her mark

Lorna McClymont made light work of the testing conditions at a wet and windy Wallasey Golf Club to take a three-shot lead on day one of the Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship.

The 20-year-old Scotland women’s international shot a three under par round of 71 on the Merseyside coast and her feat was made all the more impressive as she became the only player to record an under-par round on the tournament’s opening day.

McClymont’s nearest challengers are Hunstanton’s Amelia Williamson and North Berwick’s Grace Crawford who both came through topsy-turvy rounds in the blustery conditions to end the day level par.

A group of three players, including Emily James, Kate Lanigan and Rachel Gourley, sit two shots further back on two over par ahead of Wednesday’s play which will see 18 further holes of action before the cut is made.

Teeing off at 9.30am in the driving rain and strong winds, McClymont saw an early birdie sandwiched in between two bogeys but as the rain cleared, the Milngavie golfer steadied the ship before recording a superb eagle on the 7th following an outstanding drive.

Players were struggling all over the course with the tough conditions, but McClymont made six straight pars before bagging another eagle on the 14th to ensure she was left feeling delighted with her round at the end of the day’s play.

“I’m really pleased because it was tough out there today with the winds,” she said. “I was just trying to hit the fairways and get it on the greens from there, trying to keep it low.

“I had it in my mind that everyone else was probably struggling out there as well so it was just a case of staying patient. If I had a bad hole then I didn’t get worked up about it, I just moved on to the next one.

“My putting was pretty good today but the two eagles I had probably helped as well!

“Both of those shots were downwind and having hit two good drives and second shots, I was able to put well from there so I’m really pleased.”

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