A SUBLIME front nine helped Dorset star Georgia Hall produce a solid first round 68 at the Women’s British Open.

The world number 85 recorded four birdies without a blemish during the front nine at Kingbarns to give herself a strong start in the fourth women’s major of the season.

Having started with two pars, Wimborne-based hall set the low scoring rolling with a birdie three at the par four third.

That was followed up by birdies at the fifth, eighth and ninth, as Hall reached the turn with a score of four under par 32.

Weather disruptions then interrupted the former Oakmead College pupil’s back nine with thunder and lightning meaning play was halted on two occasions.

But Hall did not let conditions influence her scoring and produced nine straight pars on the back nine to complete a positive day’s work.

Hall equalled the score set earlier in the day by Britain’s Laura Davies, who is playing in her 37th consecutive Open after getting through final qualifying on Monday. America’s Michelle Wie impressed with an eight under par 64 on the Scottish links course.

Hall is set to start her second round alongside Florentyna Parker and Gerina Piller, with an early tee-time tomorrow morning (7.14am).