WALES (June 11, 2013) -- Making the most of the improved playing conditions later in the day, when the lead was ever-changing, Caroline Nistrup, 18, from Copenhagen took the overnight pole position with a four-under-par 68 in the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship first qualifying round at Machynys Golf Club, near Llanelli, South Wales.
She leads by one from Danish compatriot Nanna Madsen with two more Scandinavians,Emily Pedersen, also from Denmark, and Linnea Johansson of Sweden, sharing third place on 70 with England's Meghan MacLaren, the Irish women's open amateur stroke-play champion from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Caroline, from Copenhagen, posted six birdies - at the first, third, sixth, seventh, eighth and 15th with bogeys at the second and fourth.
"I had birdie chances at the last three holes but couldn't hole any of them," said the 18-year-old who is bound for Louisiana State University in the autumn.
"I didn't find the course too difficult but that was because I never missed a fairway. I could imagine it would be difficult if you were in the rough a lot."
Nanna Madsen birdied the second, sixth, seventh and 18th in compiling a 69. She had only one bogey, at the fourth.
Emily Pedersen, whose clubs did not arrive until Monday night, did extremely well to shoot a 70 in the circumstances.
The winner of the recent German girls open title and the Spanish women's open amateur earlier in the year, Emily saved her birdies for the second half of her round - the 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th. Emily is only 17.
Meghan MacLaren, winner three times in her Freshman year at Florida International University, was steadiness personnified with three birdies, at the third, fourth and 15th, with only one birdie at the 12th.
"I don't think I missed a fairway," said Meghan who withdrew from the recent St Rule Trophy with sore wrists.
"They didn't really bother me today. I just played solidly all day."
From Malmo, Linnea Johansson had a bag of six birdies and four pars. She gained sub-par figures at the first, ninth, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, holing a lot of putts around 12 to 16ft.
"I had a good putting round even though I did three-putt three times to bogey the third, 16th and 18th," said the Nova Southeastern student who won the Freshman of the Year accolade for the Sunshine State Conference with three wins on the US college circuit.
Linnea broke a logjam at the top of the leaderboard on a day that started wet and miserable with a gusting wind. As the day wore on, the dampness decreased although there was still a tricky wind to keep the players on their toes.
Seventeen-year-old South Korean-born Australian Su-Hyun Oh set the early pace with a one-under-par 71.but it soon became apparent tjat tje later starters were finding it easier to score.
And so it was no surprise when she was joined in the lead in the late afternoon by England's Hayley Davis, Amber Ratcliffe and Ireland's Lisa Maguire.
One of the main talking points was the disqualification before early afternoon of three players - two of them Irish competitors, for using a distance-measuring device, which is not permitted under the "Conditions of Competition and Local Rules."
Ireland's Maria Dunne (Skerries) was the first to be ruled out of the for using a distance-measuring device in the early holes.Another Irish player Aedin Murphy (Carlow) later disqualified herself for using a similar device at the first hole before she realised her mistake.
A third disqualification on the opening morning involved Belgium's Charlotte De Corte who signed her scorecard containing a lower figure than she actually took at one hole.
Maria Dunne was the first player ever disqualified from an LGU tournament for the distance-measuring-device infraction of the "Conditions of the Championship."
It is understood that Maria herself drew attention to her error by approaching an official and telling her what she had done.In this championship at Ganton three years ago, Aedin Murphy was the first player to be penalised two strokes for slow play by the Ladies Golf Union.
As the wet and windy conditions improved at Machynys, so the quality of scoring did too and the clubhouse lead was taken by 17-year-old South Korean-born Australia Su-Hyun Oh with a one-under-par 71.