Ireland 17th at World Amateur Team C’ships as Foster leads charge

Ronan MacNamara

Anna Foster (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Anna Foster was best of the Irish on the opening day of the World Amateur Team Championships (Espirito Trophy) in France as Ireland got off to a solid start. 

Foster shot a level-par 72 around Golf de Saint Nom La Brèteche to lie just three shots off the early pace in 22nd while Ireland are in a share of 17th in the team leaderboard. 

The Elm Park golfer traded five birdies and as many bogeys in an eventful round while Lauren Walsh is two shots further back after a two-over 74. 

In a frustrating yet solid round for the Castlewarden native, she carded bogeys on the fifth and ninth and sixteen pars while Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter had a day to forget, carding an eight-over 80 but her card doesn’t count towards Ireland’s day one total in the team leaderboard. 

Walsh’s Wake Forest teammate Rachel Kuehn is part of a three-way tie for the lead alongside home favourite Constance Foulliet after they both shot three-under 68s at Le Golf National while Sweden’s Meja Ortengren is also on that mark after a 69 at Golf de Saint Nom La Brèteche. 

The big names have come to the top quickly with Rose Zhang one shy of the lead on two-under. 

In the team leaderboard Ireland are on two-over seven strokes behind the United States of America who are one ahead of the field on five-under-par. 

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