TWO weeks of top class women’s golf is off to a fine start at the ANZ Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast with defending champion Katherine Hull just one stroke behind the leader at the Royal Pines Resort.
Leading the top class international field is 23 year old rookie American Amanda Blumenherst, who fired an opening round 6 under 66.
In bright and breezy conditions there was little sign of the heavy rain that caused the cancellation of the Pro-Am earlier in the week.
Hull was happy with her performance, particularly her back nine where she birdied her 10th, 11th, 12th and 18th holes.
“It was pretty good out there. It was soggy walking off greens and onto tees but overall it was good,” Hull said.
World No 11 and six-time Masters winner Karrie Webb was one of a number of players a shot further back on 4 under 68. This group includes world no. 7 and last year’s LPGA rookie of the year, Anna Nordqvist and the Royal Pines course record holder, Kristie Smith.
The ANZ Ladies Masters will be followed next week by the 2010 Handa Women’s Australian Open, to be played Melbourne’s Commonwealth Golf Club, from March 11-14.
TEN @ ONE HD Television Coverage
Coverage of the Ladies Masters Second Round will be shown on ONE HD from 5.15 pm to 7.30 pm EDST Friday and the final rounds on TEN and ONE from 1pm – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.