Dutch golfer Lauren Holmey fired an opening round of 67 (-6) at Modderfontein Golf Club to lead the Joburg Ladies Open at the end of the first day.
The 20-year-old, who began her round from the 10th tee, made a bogey on her first hole but soon found her groove making a birdie on 12 before rolling in five consecutively on holes 15 through to one.
Holmey dropped another shot on the third but bounced back with a birdie on the fifth before another bogey on seven.
However, the LET rookie finished in style with back-to-back birdies on eight and nine for her round of six-under-par.
“I think I have to thank my putter for all of the birdies! It was a really good day on the greens,” said the LET Access Series graduate.
“Other than that, I just played according to my game plan and I stuck to it. It was a pretty good day, and the putter was behaving nicely.
“The putts where I made the five birdies in a row were pretty much all within 20 feet. I had good second shots to the green, so that was nice. I picked my zone quite well. I had easy uphill putts with not too many breaks. It was pretty nice and my first time getting so many birdies in a row.”
This is only Holmey’s second LET event since earning her card at the end of last year, after she teed it up at the Lalla Meryem Cup a few weeks ago.
But the rookie is enjoying her start to life on Tour especially as she is travelling with her mum and dad by her side.
She explained: “I’m loving every moment. It is my second LET tournament. I’m enjoying every moment and it’s a lot of fun. Everybody is really nice, greatly organised and it’s a pleasure to come here.
“Tomorrow, I hope to keep playing like today. The game plan doesn’t change, unless the weather is different which it might be but we’ll see. It’s the same game plan, I’ll try to get the same putts in and I want to have a lot of fun out there. It’s a lot of fun being a rookie on the LET and playing at this level.
“I have my dad and my mum with me, I have my own little team. Having my dad on the bag means having someone that is always there for you and a great support for me. We have been making a great team for the past year now and it’s working.”
Two players sit in a share of second place on the leaderboard with England’s Alice Hewson alongside Denmark’s Smilla Tarning Soenderby.
LET winner Hewson fired a bogey-free round of 68 (-5) after getting off to a hot start making four birdies in her opening five holes.
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