Former England Senior Women’s captain Debbie Richards made a strong start in her bid to win the 2022 Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
The Burhill golfer shot a one under par opening round of 72 in the stroke play qualifying of the Amateur Championship at High Post Golf Club to take an outright lead.
Enville’s Jenny Deeley also produced an impressive display to record a round of 74 while Sophie Beardsall, Kim Morris and Susan Caton ended the day a further shot back in a share of third spot.
On a bright but breezy afternoon in the southern reaches of the Salisbury Plain, Richards was able to bounce back after dropping two shots in the first six holes.
A delightful eagle on the eighth ensured she would make the turn level par and despite bogeying the 11th, she displayed masterful control of the ball to pick up birdies on the 12th, 13th and 16th and lead the way at the end of the first day’s action.
After Tuesday’s second round of stroke play, the top 32 women in the main draw will progress to the knockout stages and contest the Wendy Taylor Salver.
In the over 60’s section of the event, Sandy Hallet from Prince’s Golf Club holds a two-shot lead over Reading’s Charlotte Keenan while Notts Ladies’ Carol Wild, who held the lead on day one in 2021, sits one shot further back.
Last year’s winner Sheree Dove-Wilde and runner-up Bet Sworowski both remain in contention to make it through to the matchplay stages after their respective performances on the opening day.
The top 16 players after round two will go through to the match play and contest the Ann Howard Trophy.
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