Kristie Smith jumps out of the blocks to lead the 2014 Women’s NSW Open.
Kristie Smith – daughter of former professional Wayne Smith – has jumped out of the blocks with a superb 7-under 65 opening round to lead by two shots.
Smith holds a two shot lead over France’s Alexandra Vilatte and Spaniard Mireia Prat. England’s Felicity Johnson and Hannah Burke, American Beth Allen, Australian amateur champion Minjee Lee, South Australian Stephanie Na and ACT’s Nikki Campbell are all at four-under-par and right in the mix.
A large group of 11 players share 10th position at thee-under-par including crowd favourite Laura Davies and NSW Rebecca Artis.
“It was really solid today, obviously had one bogey on the 17th which was unfortunate but I haven’t been in that position for a while, my mind was racing a little bit coming into the last few holes.” Smith said after her round..
“I hit it really solid, made the opportunities and capitalised on the par 5’s when I did and putted really well.”