England’s Charlotte Thompson stated she was completely buzzing after capturing a six-under-par 66 – her profession finest rating on the Women European Tour – to guide after the primary spherical of the inaugural La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational.
“What a begin! What an ideal course, what an ideal day and exquisite climate,” stated the 26-year-old from Chelmsford, Essex. “I actually took benefit of the truth that there wasn’t a lot wind in the present day. I simply performed actually sensible and smart.”
Rising rookie star Esther Henseleit from Germany is a shot again in second, with native favorite María Parra, Germany’s Olivia Cowan, Australian Whitney Hillier and English duo Hannah Burke and Gemma Clews tied for third on four-under-par.
Thompson, who averages 275-280 yards off the tee, used her distance to her benefit on the tough, 6427-yard lengthy course.
“It’s very nice for me to play someplace that provides me the benefit. Generally we play on some fiddly golf programs however this has a little bit of each. You do must be sensible on the place you hit the ball, but it surely’s nice to be lengthy.”
Thompson began from the 10th and performed her first 9 in two-under-par 34 however kicked on with a 32 over her second 9, which included birdies on the primary and fifth holes, in addition to an eagle.
The shot of the day was her third on the par-5 second, the place she slam dunked the ball into the opening utilizing a 52 diploma wedge from 107 yards.
“We bought as much as the inexperienced and there was just one ball and I’m like, ‘I’m positive mine didn’t go lengthy.’ I checked the opening and there it was, on the backside of the opening. I’m very blissful!” stated Thompson, who recorded a profession finest tie for eighth within the Lalla Meryem Cup a fortnight in the past.
One other lengthy hitter, Henseleit, who tied for fourth in Morocco, was the one participant to signal a bogey-free card, which featured 5 birdies.
Henseleit has posted 5 prime 10 finishes from her first six tournaments on tour and is hoping to interrupt into the winner’s circle in her seventh begin as an expert.
The 20-year-old from Hamburg, a member of the 2017 European PING Junior Solheim Cup workforce, stated: “I performed actually strong in the present day and my drives have been good, so I had the possibility to go for the inexperienced on a regular basis. I additionally hit quite a lot of greens in regulation and had so many possibilities for birdie. My placing was alright, not all the pieces dropped, but it surely was okay.
“I’ll attempt to do my finest and hopefully I can end prime 10 and even higher. I really feel actually good and assured and I’m blissful to be out right here and competing right here. I’ve had some actually good tournaments in the previous couple of weeks and naturally I’m hoping for a win.”
Burke, the 2015 Tipsport Women Masters winner, stated that the Odyssey No 7 putter she borrowed from male European Tour participant Tom Lewis forward of the Lalla Meryem Cup is staying in her bag.
“It’s simply made an enormous distinction and I’m holing much more putts and feeling extra assured on the greens,” stated Burke. “As quickly as you see just a few balls drop, your complete perspective modifications.”
The La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational continues over the following three days and is the sixth final qualification occasion for The Solheim Cup on the Women European Tour.