Brewerton, Stupples shine at Evian
Becky Brewerton has shot a 5-under 67 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the prestigious Evian Masters.
Welshwoman Becky Brewerton shot a five-under 67 on Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead at the prestigious Evian Masters in Évian-les-Bains in France
At 5-under she is tied with the Korean duo of Kyung Kim and Yeon Choi.
The 26-year-old from Abergele who only earned her spot in the field on Sunday when she claimed her second Ladies European Tour victory at the Open de Espana Femenino, carded three straight birdies from the fifth and picked up another shot at the par-five ninth to make the turn in a 4-under 32 and with a two shot lead over American Stacy Lewis
She then moved to five-under with another birdie at the par-four 10th hole, but stumbled with two bogeys at the 13th and 14th holes before bouncing back and nullifying them with birdies at the 16th and 17th.
Clearly Brewerton, who is keen to make the European Solheim Cup team this year, is in a rich vein of form and is aiming, in the least, for a top 20 finish this week and some valuable Solheim Cup points, before heading to the final qualifying event, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, next week.
England’s Karen Stupples is another Brit who showed good form at the Evian Masters on Thursday.
The 36-year-old from Deal shot a four-under-par round of 68 at the Alpine course, one shot behind the leading group at five-under in a four-way tie with Karine Icjher of France Maria Hjorth of Sweden and Korean-American, Ji Young Oh.
Stupples had just one blemish on her card with a dropped shot at the par four 12th, but the hiccup was only brief and she regained her composure with a birdie at the 13th.
The world number 45 plays the majority of her golf on the LPGA Tour in North America but has only played in seven events so far this season, making only three cuts and along with many other LPGA Tour stalwarts, is in Europe to prepare for the British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes next week.
She won the title in 2004, the highlight of her career so far.
ALL THE FIRST ROUND SCORES
67 Becky Brewerton (Wal), In Kyung Kim (Kor), Na Yeon Choi (Kor)
68 Ji Young Oh (USA), Karen Stupples (Eng), Karine Icher (Fra), Wendy Ward (USA)
69 Meena Lee (Kor), Seon Hwa Lee (Kor), Ai Miyazato (Jpn), Momoko Ueda (Jpn), Karrie Webb (Aus)
70 Jin Joo Hong (Kor), Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Mi Jeong Jeon (Kor), Morgan Pressel (USA), Diana Luna (Ita), Candie Kung (Tai), Cristie Kerr (USA), Rachel Hetherington (Aus), Paula Creamer (USA), Helen Alfredsson (Swe), Maria Hjorth (Swe), Pat Hurst (USA), Ji Hee Lee (Kor), Michele Redman (USA)
71 Rebecca Hudson (Eng), Stacy Lewis (USA), Lisa Hall (Eng), Anja Monke (Ger), Yuko Mitsuka (Jpn), Emma Zackrisson (Swe), Song Hee Kim (Kor), Eunjang Yi (Kor), Hee Kyung Seo (Kor), Johanna Westerberg (Swe), Brittany Lang (USA), Sun Young Yoo (Kor), Sophie Gustafson (Swe), Mika Miyazato (Jpn), Laura Davies (Eng), Natalie Gulbis (USA), Jee Young Lee (Kor), Brittany Lincicome (USA)
72 Kristy Mcpherson (USA), Soo Yun Kang (Kor), Leta Lindley (USA), In Bee Park (Kor), Jeong Jang (Kor), Suzann Pettersen (Nor), Ji Yai Shin (Kor), Se Ri Pak (Kor)
73 Erina Hara (Jpn), Chie Arimura (Jpn), Hee Won Han (Kor), Eun A Lim (Kor), Tania Elosegui (Spa), Teresa Lu (Tpe), Hee Young Park (Kor), Maria Verchenova (Rus), Caroline Rominger (Swi), Michelle Wie (USA), Eun Hee Ji (Kor)
74 Amy Yang (Kor), Laura Diaz (USA), Shiho Oyama (Jpn), Stacy Prammanasudh (USA), Lindsey Wright (Aus), Katherine Hull (Aus), Louise Friberg (Swe), Jade Schaeffer (Fra), Juli Inkster (USA), Marianne Skarpnord (Nor), Catriona Matthew (Sco)
75 Giulia Sergas (Ita), Shi Hyun Ahn (Kor), Melissa Reid (Eng), Jane Park (USA), Christina Kim (USA), Yani Tseng (Tpe), Anne Lise Caudal (Fra), Shan Shan Feng (Chn), Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Lorena Ochoa (Mex), Angela Stanford (USA), Jimin Kang (Kor), Minea Blomqvist (Fin)
76 Lotta Wahlin (Swe), Nicole Castrale (USA)
81 Martina Eberl (Ger)
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