Selby GC’s Goodall and Hickleton GC’s Knowles on trail of British ladies’ leader at Moortown GC

Vanessa Knecht, of Switzerland.

Vanessa Knecht, of Switzerland.

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SELBY’S Ellie Goodall and Alison Knowles, of Hickleton, led the Yorkshire challenge after round one of the British ladies’ open amateur stroke play championship at Moortown.

Both scored one-over-par 75, each with three birdies and four bogeys, to trail leader Vanessa Knecht, of Switzerland, by five.

A shot further back of Goodall and Knowles are Rotherham’s Olivia Winning and another Selby player, Megan Garland, who included an eagle three at the 402-yard par-5 16th in her 76.

Cleckheaton’s Olivia Hamilton and Megan Lockett, of Huddersfield, are on 77, the latter eagling not only the 16th but also the 430-yard par-5 second.

Ligthcliffe’s Hannah Holden is on 78, as is Woodsome Hall’s Rochelle Morris, runner-up in both the English women’s amateur and English women’s open stroke play championships this year.

Morris had only two pars on an adventurous back nine which started with a double bogey and included four single bogeys plus successive birdies at holes 15 and 16.

The competition continues today and, after a 36-hole cut, concludes with two further rounds tomorrow.

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