Mimi Rhodes led the way for a trio of England Golf representatives with a highly creditable top-ten finish at the opening event of the Rose Ladies Series.
The inaugural tournament in a series of eight was eventually won in a play-off by England Golf graduate Charley Hull. The Solheim Cup star made birdie to defeat tournament organiser Liz Young at the first extra hole after both women carded level par rounds of 70.
However, the plaudits also flowed Rhodes’ way after the England women’s squad player posted a five over par round of 75 to earn a tie for seventh spot at the event staged at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire.
Rhodes showed no sign of nerves to move to the top of the early leaderboard with fantastic birdies at her opening two holes.
There was one more birdie in her round – at the 16th – and even dropped shots at her final two holes shouldn’t take away from her overall performance in the company of eventual winner Hull.
There were also admirable performances from Surrey’s Lottie Woad and Dorset’s Louise Burke as they adapted to being under the spotlight as the only other amateurs in the field of elite players.
Woad, playing in her first pro event and in the company of LET winner Meg MacLaren, shot an eight over par round of 78.
The 16-year-old from Farnham Golf Club can look back with pride on her T26 finish.
Burke – at just 15, the youngest competitor in the 47-strong field – shot a 10 over par round of 80 to finish in a tie for 33rd.
Undoubted highlights of the day for the Broadstone Golf Club player were birdies at the 10th and 18th holes which saw her emerge from the experience with great credit.
The next event in the Rose Ladies Series will be played at Moor Park Golf Club on 25 June with another trio of up and coming England Golf players involved against some of the best women professionals in the land.
England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate have sponsored the series as the women’s game returns to competitive action after an enforced break during the COVID-19 outbreak.