Victorian Lindsey Wright is making the most of a rare appearance on the Ladies European Tour after a solid start in the first round of the Honma Pilsen Golf Masters in the Czech Republic.
Wright was out early and posted a four-under-par 67 and was in a share of seventh position when play was suspended at 13.04 local time due to thunderstorms and torrential rain.
At the time, Spain’s Laura Cabanillas was poised to record a career-low round at Golf Park Pilsen – Dýšina, the 32-year-old was nine-under-par through 15 holes, when the players were called off the course shortly before thunder and lightning hit the venue, followed by torrential rain.
At 5pm, the course was declared unplayable due to the volume of heavy rainfall and round one will resume at 7am local time on Saturday morning.
Rolex World No.13 Ai Miyazato holds the clubhouse lead on six under par 65, having posted seven birdies and one bogey before the storms.
Miyazato birdied the 10th and 13th before dropping a shot after missing the green on the short 15th. However she picked up the momentum with five birdies on the front nine, her second nine, with birdies on holes two, five, six, seven and nine.
“I’m very happy. I hit the ball well and my putting was good, getting better than last week, so I feel good with my game,” said Miyazato, 28, from Okinawa. “This golf course has really tiny fairways, really narrow, so you have to make sure of every position. If you hit on the fairway then you can make birdie for sure. I was thinking about that all day and had a good focus and was very happy with my game.”
Miyazato played under leaden skies in becalmed, drizzly conditions and ended a stroke clear of England’s Florentyna Parker, Switzerland’s Anais Maggetti, Germany’s Ann-Kathrin Lindner and Italian Diana Luna tied on five-under-par.
Wright is tied with Line Vedel, Miriam Nagl, Lee-Anne Pace and defending champion Melissa Reid were lying on four-under-par with 67s.
Cabanillas made her score on the back nine, which she played first, with four birdies and an eagle on the par-four 17th. She reached nine-under after further birdies on the first, third and sixth holes. The 11th season player, with a career-best finish of second in Norway in 2009, has only played in four LET events this season, making one cut, with a tie for 12th at the Spanish Open.
Although she is on target for a personal low round, Cabanillas cannot set any records since preferred lies are in operation. The all-time record for the lowest round relating to par on the LET is 11-under-par.
Of the other Australian who have started their first rounds Stacey Keating is at three-under and has completed her round. Karen Lunn is two-under thru six holes, Alison Whitaker is one-under thru three holes, while Nikki Campbell completed her round and she signed for an even par round of 71. Rebecca Artis and Nikki Garrett are also at even par but they have only played three holes.
New Zealand’s Cathryn Bristow and Sarah Kemp are both at one-over but have only played three holes. Bree Arthur is two-over and in the clubhouse, while Whitney Hillier signed for a four-over-par round of 75. Stephanie Na didn’t have a good day and signed for 84.
Sarah King and Kristie Smith have not started their first rounds.