World number three Bronte Law began her defence of the English women’s amateur championship with a stunning nine-under par 63 at Hunstanton Golf Club.
It’s the Cheshire ace’s lowest tournament round by one, it included 11 birdies, six of them in a row, and a back nine of 29 – and is the lowest ever-score by a woman on these Norfolk links.
Conditions at Hunstanton on Tuesday were perfect for scoring, with barely any breeze until the late afternoon, and a host of other players also took full advantage.
Girl international Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) returned an excellent 66.
Meanwhile, international Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted Golf Club), Sammie Giles (St Mellion) and Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa) also scored 70 – and a further six players beat par.
Law, 20, actually made a slow start to her round, with pars on the first two holes and a double bogey on the third where her drive finished in the face of a bunker.
“I wasn’t too worried because I hadn’t hit that bad a shot,” she said.
Law made six birdies in a row from the sixth, then had three in a row from the 13th and added another on the 17th.
“I’m really happy with how I played today.
“It’s nice to get off to a quick start,” added Law, who is just back from the European women’s team championships – and is about to set off for the European individual at the end of the week.
The championship course measures 6,195 yards and has a par of 72, compared to the usual ladies’ course, which is measures 6,021 yards, is par 75 – and has a course record of 73.
The Norfolk challenge was led by past champion Joanne Herd (Royal Norwich) and Tiffany Mills (Ryston Park) who both scored 76 and after the first day were sharing 31st place.
After the second round the field was cut to the leading 32 players and ties who played the final 36 holes which finished yesterday.