Six under par was the score of the day at the ISPS Handa World Invitational as Craig Ross and Eleanor Givens wrote their names into the record books as first round leaders.
Six under par was the score of the day at the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management as Craig Ross and Eleanor Givens wrote their names into the record books as first round leaders.
Ross, from Scotland, carded a six under par 64 at Massereene Golf Club while England’s Givens signed for her own six under par 67 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club to each lead their respective tournaments by one stroke from two competitors.
Five of the top seven players in tied fourth or better in the men’s tournament were playing at Massereene, while 13 of the top 14 in the women’s tournament opened their tournament at Galgorm Castle, highlighting how the scoring contrasted at each set-up.
With heavy rain curtailing the Pro-Am on Wednesday, both courses were wet underfoot early on day one, with the majority of the low scorers playing later in the day.
Ross’s superb bogey-free 64 set the pace in the men’s tournament ahead of England’s Richard Mansell and Frenchman Gary Stal on five under par, while Calum Hill, who has won twice in his last three starts is a shot further back among the pack on four under par.
Givens, meanwhile, leads on six under from American Beth Allen and Germany’s Karolin Lampert, who are two shots clear of Silvia Banon, Manon de Roey, Annabel Dimmock and local star Stephanie Meadow on three under par.
Today, competitors will switch courses so those playing at Galgorm Castle yesterday will play at Massereene today and vice versa, before the field is cut to 60 and ties in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
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