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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Slow start by England leaves

them tied 13th in Adelaide

Sweden took a 10-stroke lead after the first round of the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championships in Adelaide – while England made a slow start.
The Swedes began their challenge for the Espirito Santo Trophy with a nine-under par team total. It’s the biggest lead in the history of the championship. Caroline Hedwall led the field individually with an impressive score of six-under 67 on the East Course at The Grange Golf Club. Her team-mate Anna Nordqvist recorded the other counting score of 70.
Meanwhile, the England team of Liz Bennett, Jodi Ewart and Rachel Jennings struggled a little, finishing with a team score of five-over par. They are tied 13th – but only four shots behind Spain, who are in second place. Japan is currently lying third on two-over, while Austria, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and defending champion South Africa share fourth place on three-over.
Jodi Ewart, the English stroke-play champion from Catterick, led the way for England and played some good, solid golf for a one-over par score of 73 on the West Course. Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) recorded the other counting score for England on 76. The 79 of Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) was discounted.
England team captain Julie Otto said: “It was certainly a disappointing start - but not disastrous. We played some good golf and certainly know that if we are to improve our position then we need to return more competitive scores tomorrow and for the remainder of the championships. We are only four strokes behind Spain in second place and after such a start we can only look to move forward."
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Lyndsey Hewison

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