Smith one ahead of British duo
Brits Georgina Simpson and Vikki Laing are one shot behind leader Kristie Smith at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open.
Brits Georgina Simpson and Vikki Laing shared second, just one shot behind leader Kristie Smith at the end of the first day of the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open.
The event was due to start yesterday but persistent rain had made the course at Golf Gerre Losone unplayable and the competition was reduced from 72 to 54 holes.
Smith, of Australia, found herself at the top of the leaderboard
after shooting a seven under par 65 following a round that included eight birdies, nine pars and just one bogey.
The 21-year-old told the media: “I had 26 putts and that’s always nice to have on the statistics,.
“I drove it pretty average but holed some putts, which was where the 65 came from.
“I felt really comfortable, even after the yippy start I had on the 11th hole. I feel really comfortable on this golf course. It suits my eye and I’ve been here since Friday so I’ve had a really good warm-up.”
Englishwoman Simpson and Laing, of Scotland, were one stroke behind in a tie after hitting a six under par 66, with the pair both shooting eight birdies, eight pars and two bogeys to lie two shots ahead of a six-way tie for fourth.
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