Smith leads after opening round at Irish Senior Women’s Open

Deirdre Smith (Co.Louth) on the 3rd during Matchplay Day 1 of the AIG Irish Women's Amateur Close Championship, Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland. 18/06/2021 Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Deirdre Smith holds a two-shot lead at the end of the opening round at the Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Open at Naas GC. The Co. Louth golfer lies on +1, with Laura Webb lying two shots further back while Irish Senior Women’s Close champion Carol Wickham lies in third place on +5

Smith began her round with birdies on the opening two holes, but went to the turn at level par. A birdie on the final hole ensured a two-shot lead over her playing partner Webb. Ireland Women’s captain Webb is Smith’s nearest challenger. Her round of +3 included two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

Wickham’s opening round of +5 sees her remain in touching distance, with Thurles’ Marian Finn a shot further back. Five players are in a tie for fifth on +7, including Finland’s Minna Kaarnalahti.

The leaderboard has an international flavour with English duo Jayne Fletcher and Jane Sly in a tie for tenth on +8.

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