On a day of rain and cloud, Emma Allen of Stoneham Golf Club stood as a shining beacon after a fantastic round of 64 (eight-under par) elevated her to the top of the leaderboard.
Quick out the starting blocks – Allen was six-under on the front-nine after racking up birdies at two, six, seven and eight and an eagle on the 515-yard par five, fourth hole.
“The eagle on the fourth definitely gave me a lot of confidence, I was really up for it after that,” said Allen.
The 23-year-old went on to fire four more birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, completing a round that was enough to secure the outright leader position heading into day two tomorrow.
Allen was full of praise for the course at Burnham and Berrow, stating “I’ve never played here before so it’s really challenging.
“A lot of the holes narrow down which is hard, but the greens are rolling nice – I’m really enjoying it.
“It’s a lovely golf course, it’s good to be playing some links golf again and competing.”
Despite an almost flawless round, Allen has shown a winner’s attitude by immediately working on a mistake she made which lead to a dropped shot at eighteen.
“The bogey on the eighteenth was frustrating,” she said, “I’m heading over to the driving range now to sort out what happened there.”
Allen explained that her mentality towards the tournament will continue unaltered. She added: “My approach will definitely stay the same for the rest of the week, I’ve got my game plan, I’m just going to stick to it.
“It worked today because I’ve got a good plan set in place, I’m feeling confident going into the next round!”
Despite taking a great score onto day two, the gap between Allen and second place is closer than she would have hoped.
English Women’s Amateur Championship 2020 winner Emily Price (below) was also in grand form today and a round of 65 (seven-under par) puts her within one of the leader.
A late surge from England national squad players Amelia Jane Williamson and Caley McGinty means they head into tomorrow tied for third with rounds of 68 (four-under par).
The 2019 winner and defending champion Rebecca Earl relied on birdies at thirteen and fifteen to keep her in contention with the leaders, finishing on three under par.
Play continues at 7.00am tomorrow morning.
View the full leaderboard here.