Golf: Dorset star Georgia Hall impresses in European Masters

Bournemouth Echo: IN THE SWING: Georgia Hall IN THE SWING: Georgia Hall

DORSET’S Georgia Hall today made a solid start to the Ladies’ European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

The 18-year-old, one of seven amateurs in the 144-strong field, fired a level-par 72 to leave herself in the top half of the leaderboard.

Hall produced a chequered card dotted with birdies and bogeys, but she was only once briefly over-par.

The Parkstone ace was competing against the likes of defending champion and former world number one Karrie Webb, just one of many stars on show in Denham.

Nevertheless, the big names around her did not seem to distract Hall one bit, as she put together a confident round in tricky environs.

Teeing off at the 10th, three birdies before the turn were effectively chalked off by a trio of bogeys.

Another dropped shot on the par-three fifth put Hall on one- over, but she quickly rallied, carding birdies at two of the last four holes, with one bogey in between.

The Dorset amateur star is due to begin her second round at 1.35pm tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, Gary Emerson and Kevin Spurgeon will return to European Senior Tour action tomorrow morning in the Bad Ragaz Seniors Open.

The local duo are part of a modest field of 72 at the event in Switzerland.

Remedy Oak star Emerson tees off at 8.30am BST while Ferndown’s touring professional Spurgeon is off slightly earlier at 7.40am BST.

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