World ranked number 7 Karrie Webb may be the defending champion and the top Ladies Dream Golf pick to win the Ladies European Masters, but she’s having her struggles with the course at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. With three birdies and four bogies, Webb carded a 73 today and is going into the second round of the Masters at +1, trailing the overnight co-leaders by six strokes. She may need to dig deep and pull some trick shots out of her bag. One of her ardent fans, Aussie Annette Walker, assures me that she’s pulled out some fairly amazing tricks in the past.The Overnight Leaders Frenchwoman Celine Herbin, Aussie Sarah Kemp and Scot LET rookie Sally Watson have set the pace for the Ladies European Masters with opening rounds of 67. All three are hunting their first pro victory and sharing the overnight lead. They’ll go into Friday’s second round with a single stroke edge over another hot trio, Wales’ Becky Morgan, Germany’s Caroline Masson and America’s Amelia Lewis, who are also winless on the LET. Conditions: “Hot” & Windy Floridian Amelia Lewis was unimpressed by the weather that left many of the European-based players and local fans uncomfortable. The LET reported that “temperatures soared to 26C at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham, England” — that’s 78.8F. It was the hottest day of the year, so far, in Denham!
It was a perfect day in the 80s with the wind blowing and no humidity, so I hardly broke a sweat – Amelia Lewis
Still, the fans thought it was a bit hot and were grateful for the breeze, as was Charley Hull, who finished the round at two strokes under par and in a tie for 12th place with Cheyenne Woods, among others.
It’s a really windy day today, especially in the afternoon. That wind was gusting up there. Getting in the clubhouse with an under par round is good and especially with the Ricoh Women’s British Open coming up next week. It’s good to practice your wind shots. – Charley Hull
Karrie Webb will go into the second round with share of 40th position and Dame Laura Davies shot a 74 for a piece 58th, just inside the projected cut for Friday’s second round.