Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, leads the Helsingborg Open at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.
Nicole shot a first round -5 under par 68, on the Vasatorps Golf Club par 73 layout, in the Helsingborg Open.
Nicole sadly lost to Hannah Burke at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen three weeks ago, but thinks she has something to prove here;
“I really like the course and I feel good and I think I have something to show people after the last tournament in the Czech Republic.”
“I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to get here and be in contention again so it’s nice that it worked today.”
“I’m trying to keep it up for the next three days.”
Compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen is in second place, just one shot back at – 4 under par, she lives just an hour and ten minutes away across the Danish border, and is hoping to win this tournament to qualify for next week’s Evian Championship in France;
“I had a rough start as I hit a tree and it was almost a lost ball, but we found it.”
“It was a bit of a nervous start but then I calmed down.”
“I think I have too many expectations for myself. It’s an important tournament for me and I have a lot of people I know here, watching. I want to have a good event.”
Four ladies are tied in third position, at -3 under par, Charlotte Thompson, Pernilla Lindberg, Beth Allen and Kylie Walker.
Kylie was happy how she played in the rougher afternoon conditions;
“I just played solid and hit my irons well so I gave myself plenty of chances.”
“It was tough conditions when the rain came down and it was quite windy, so I was happy with how I played.”
Pernilla, the top ranked player in the field, was more than happy with her -3 under par round
“I maybe could have wished for a shot or two better because I was four under making the turn.”
“If someone offered me a three under this morning I would have taken it.”