Connie Chen is the 1st round leader at the Xiamen Open at Orient Golf and Country Club in China.
Connie had a first round -4 under par 68 to hold the lead in this inaugural Xiamen Open. She had played at this course as an amateur and said that experience had helped her;
“Knowing the greens better than most of the other girls helped me.”
“I was hitting it great. I hit it quite long on the eighth hole so I had a short second shot in on the par five and a chip and a putt. Then on nine, I hit a brilliant tee shot and then a great shot in and a chip and a putt.”
Nikki Garrett, Liz Young, Beth Allen and Noora Tamminen are the ladies who are a stroke behind on -3 under par under par.
Nikki, from Australia is playing in her last tournament of the year, and is just out to have fun;
“It’s my last tournament of the year so I’m just out to enjoy myself.”
Englishwoman Liz said she had putted well on the these very quick greens;
“I didn’t have a three putt, so that was good on these greens because they are very quick downhill.”
“I had two bogeys and five birdies and I only holed one long putt so four tap in birdies. I was striking the ball better last week but I putted well which is crucial on this course.”
Noora got a boost from seeing her friends name up on the leaderboard early on in her round;
“After that I made a lot of birdies. Then I had a birdie on eight and nine and added three more on 12, 13 and 16.”
The highest ranked player in the field, Charley Hull, had a nightmare of a day, and finished +1 over par 73, five shots off the lead. She can still win the LET order of merit with a win in Dubai.