There’s a Scottish invasion at the top of the leaderboard at the Worrell's Women’s NSW Open with Michele Thomson and Gemma Dryburgh sharing the lead after impressive opening rounds of 5-under 67.
Both Dryburgh and Thomson hail from Aberdeen but have found the narrow fairways of Dubbo Golf Club to their liking on day one with just three dropped shots between them.
Thomson had just one bogey – after a vicious lip out for par at the 18th – while Dryburgh endured two on consecutive holes on the front nine.
“That was disappointing,” Thomson said of her final hole. “Especially for my only bogey of the day. But I holed a lot of nice putts the rest of the round so I can’t complain.
“I was 2 under through three holes so it was nice to get off to a fast start. To be honest, there was nothing really special about the round.”
With Dad Graham caddying this week she said he was coping well with the heat despite the occasional difference of opinion.
“Like any dad and daughter combination he can get on my nerves a little from time to time,” she said with a grin.
“But he’s doing really well this week even though it’s hot. He’s carrying the full tour bag as well, so it’s heavy!”
Dryburgh says her good form is not a surprise after her career best LET finish at Bonville last week in the Australian Ladies Classic.
That fourth place result came on the back of some good putting, an area of the game she says has been improving in recent months.
“It’s been the missing piece of the puzzle the last couple of years so it’s nice to see the putts go in finally,” she said.
“I was just seeing the breaks really well today and that’s a good feeling.”
The theme among the players is that the narrow fairways are the key to the course, Dryburgh among those who finds them daunting.
“You kind of look down there sometimes and you want to hit a hybrid or something off the tee,” she said.
“But then you might as well hit the driver as far down there as you can because you can miss the fairway with a hybrid pretty easily too, so you might as well be aggressive.”
Earlier in the day Camila Lennarth grabbed the lead with a bogey free 68 which was matched shortly after by Olivia Cowan.
The pair held the clubhouse lead for most of the day before Thomson’s afternoon fireworks.
Breanna Gill is the best of the Australians after the opening round after a 3-under 69 to be T5.
Defending champion Meg MacLaren and last week’s runaway winner Steph Kyriacou both struggled to rounds of 3-over 75.
MacLaren is aiming for a three-peat this week after capturing the title the past two years, while Kyriacou is making her professional debut.
The 19-year-old Sydneysider blitzed a field of professionals at Bonville last week to capture the Australian Ladies Classic .