April 16, 2024

Lydia Hall has promptly picked up where she left off following her breakout win at Dubbo on Tuesday by cruising to a two-shot lead in the first round of the Women’s NSW Open Golf Regional Qualifier at Narrabri Golfie.

The Welsh star’s six-under-par 65 also set a new course record, lowering the old mark by an incredible five shots and sending club officials scrambling to find out exactly by whom and when the old mark had been set.

Hall, who began her round at the ninth, was a little slow to get going in the early stages. She only managed birdies at the 14th and 17th in her opening nine holes.

The front nine, however, was a different story for the LET Tour winner. She went on a blitz with birdies on the 1st, 3rd,4th, 5th and 7th to come home in just 31 shots.

“It’s been really good to bring the form ( from Dubbo) here to Narrabri,” Hall Smiled.

“I drove the ball well, and hit some good shots coming in and managed to convert a few.”

Hall said the breezy, warm conditions did little to phase her approach throughout her round.

“It was quite blustery; it would pick up for a couple of holes, then just die off; it was a little tricky. It’s a dry heat here so I’m enjoying it. it’s not raining, so I’m happy.”

Slovenia’s Katja Pogacar is second at four under, while Queensland-based Cook Islander Elmay Viking is third at minus three.

Pogacar, who has yet to secure a spot in the open, was delighted with her performance in the breezy conditions and credited recent work on her driver and well-mannered putter.

“I loved it out there today. It was a little windy, but I played well.

I hit some really good shots, and many of the putts went in, so it was a good round.

“I finished with a birdie. I stuck it to one meter after making a bogey, so it was really nice to bounce back.

“There were quite a few good drives that I was really proud of too, I’ve been working on that lately,” Pogacar smiled.

Viking, who locked a spot away at Magenta Shortes courtesy of her runner-up finish to England’s Amy Taylor at Wagga Wagga back in December, was also pleased with her score. However, she admitted that if she was to stand any chance of catching the leader, she would need to control her driver more from the tee.

“I had some ups and downs throughout my round today, but to come back with a minus two was a treat,” Viking grinned.

“I’ve just got to focus on keeping them on the fairway and hitting the greens to have a good chance of making a birdie.

” Let’s see what tomorrow brings us.”

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