Scanlon leads Irish charge at Women’s Amateur

Ronan MacNamara

Roisin Scanlon reacts after the 15th hole during Day One the R&A Women's Amateur Championship at Hunstanton Golf Club (Photo by Harriet Lander/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

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Roisin Scanlon is the leading Irish woman after day one of the Women’s Amateur Championship and is just one shot off the early lead on four-under after an opening 69 in Hunstanton. 

The Woburn golfer is fifth while Esme Hamilton of Notts leads the way on five-under after a superb 68. 

Scanlon is in a great position to book her place in the matchplay stages at the conclusion of Tuesday’s 36-hole qualifying with the top-64 advancing. 


Three birdies in four holes before the turn catapulted Scanlon through the field before she added further gains on the eleventh and fifteenth with her only blemish coming on the tenth. 

Overall, there are currently five players perched inside the cut mark which stands at one-over.  

Irish Close champion Beth Coulter is on two-under after an opening 71 with Lahinch’s Aine Donegan on level-par after a 73 in one of the early groups. 

Canice Screene of Croham Hurst is on one-over as is the Hermitage’s Kate Lanigan after rounds of 74. 

Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh made her return following the Walker Cup with a two-over 75 while Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner is two shots further back after a 77. 

Elm Park’s Anna Foster is on plus five after a 78 while beaten Irish Close finalist Sara Byrne and Ulster strokeplay champion Aideen Walsh both have a mountain to climb from eight-over. 

Of the notable names in the field, defending champion Louise Duncan is on two-over while world number two amateur and first round leader at the US Open Ingrid Lindblad is on two-under. 

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