One shot off the lead is Emma Svensson who lately has shown good form. This past weekend she won the under 21 Swedish Match Play Championships. You also find a pair of Danish players in Malene Krölböll Hansen and Julie Finne-Ipsen. The last player at -2 is South Africa’s Magda Kruger who held the lead going into 18 before going in water twice, but still managed a double bogey six.
Nine players managed to score sub-par rounds today, which means that the leaderboard is packed at the top with players from five countries in the top-10.
The course played tough and gave the players plenty of challenges throughout the round. The 18th hole, a short par four guarded by water in front, gave players an option to either go for the green with a wood, often the driver, or lay up short with a mid-iron and have a wedge left to the green. The average score on 18 was 4.27, so we think more players than Magda were tempted.
For the first round, the easiest hole was hole 11, a par 5 with an average score of 4.48 while the toughest hole was hole 2, a par 4 with an average score of 4.72.
After play, it was time for the Annika clinic. Annika did a clinic open to the public and with VIP seats up front for all the ANNIKA Invitational Europe players. She hit shots and anyone who saw and heard how crisp and straight she still hits it would think that she still could play tournament golf and compete for trophies. She told her 59-story and tried to send a message not only to the junior players but to all who listened that anything is possible if you believe in yourself, your ability and work hard to achieve your goals.
On site today at the ANNIKA Inviational Europe were 47 junior girls from the district of Skåne. They watched play in the morning and after lunch they got to meet Annika and talk to her. She also signed a lot of autographs on shirts, balls and other stuff. They stayed for the clinic and also got to meet Swedish national girls coach Lisa Westman and national team player and European Girls Team Champion Emma Svensson.
A good first day has come to an end, tomorrow balls will be in the air at 8 a.m.