Melissa Reid shot her lowest score as a professional today – a blemish-free eight under par 65 – to take the first round lead at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in Belek, Antalya.
The 2010 tournament champion at nearby National Golf Club, Reid was playing her first round on The Carya course as she parred the first four holes before going on to pick up eight birdies, including five on the back nine.
“I hadn’t seen the course, so perhaps that’s the way forward. I walked about 12 holes yesterday to look at a few tee shots but I played about the last seven holes completely blind,” said Reid, 27, from Derby in England.
Reid’s score bettered by one stroke the clubhouse lead previously held by her Solheim Cup partner, Dame Laura Davies.
“Just before I went out I saw Laura birdie her last hole so I knew that she’d had a good round, which was nice to see. I knew that there was a low score out there so I tried to keep in touch with her, so to shoot eight under was nice,” said Reid, who two months ago finished second at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.
Earlier in the day, Davies produced some vintage form as she fired eight birdies and dropped just one stroke on the first hole. The four-time major winner, who is soon to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, said:
“I played well, hit 18 greens. I had a problem down the first when I moved a twig and my ball moved, but I then hit the shot onto the green, so I figured I hit 18 greens today, which is always a good feeling. I drove it well, hit two dodgy tee shots and putted nicely. It was the first time in I don’t know how long.”
The current Ladies European Tour order of merit leader Gwladys Nocera carded a five under par round of 68 to end the day in third position. The recent Lalla Meryem Cup winner fired four birdies, an eagle and a bogey as she played with a painful ankle injury.
She said: “I ripped a tendon four weeks ago falling off a golf cart, so I had a cast and I had crutches. It’s not healed yet but I’m working on it and the physio from the French Federation is here working on it, so that’s why I have a really nice strap that allows me to play. It’s painful and that’s why I didn’t play China, because I couldn’t walk, so it’s better.
“I’m really pleased with today. I’m not physically 100 per cent so I’m trying to play smart and not to do anything stupid, not to be too greedy.”
In joint fourth place are Noora Tamminen, Rebecca Artis and Caroline Martens on four under par.
Collated scores after round 1:
65 - Melissa Reid (ENG)
66 - Laura Davies (ENG)
68 - Gwladys Nocera (FRA)
69 - Noora Tamminen (FIN) , Rebecca Artis (AUS) , Caroline Martens (NOR)
70 - Carly Booth (SCO) , Isabelle Boineau (FRA) , Chloe Leurquin (BEL) , Malene Jorgensen (DEN)
71 - Camilla Lennarth (SWE) , Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) , Lauren Taylor (ENG) , Liz Young (ENG) , Lucie Andre (FRA) , Amy Boulden (WAL)
72 - Kylie Walker (SCO) , Sally Watson (SCO) , Melissa Eaton (RSA) , Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) , Georgia Hall (ENG) , Nanna Koerstz Madsen (DNK) , Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) , Pamela Pretswell (SCO) , Lynn Carlsson (SWE) , Lien Willems (BEL) , Beth Allen (USA) , Laura Murray (SCO) , Trish Johnson (ENG)
73 - Mireia Prat (ESP) , Minea Blomqvist (FIN) , Alexandra Vilatte (FRA) , Steffi Kirchmayr (GER) , Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) , Fabienne In-albon (SWI) , Maria Balikoeva (RUS) , Amber Ratcliffe (ENG) , Holly Clyburn (ENG) , Virginia Espejo (ESP) , Martyna Mierzwa (POL) , Florentyna Parker (ENG) , Lina Boqvist (SWE) , Vikki Laing (SCO)
74 - Whitney Hillier (AUS) , Marion Ricordeau (FRA) , Connie Chen (RSA) , Csilla Lajtai-rozsa (HUN) , Sophie Sandolo (ITA) , Maha Haddioui (MAR) , Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) , Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP) , Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA) , Miriam Nagl (BRA) , Hannah Ralph (ENG)
75 - Rebecca Codd (IRL) , Tonje Daffinrud (NOR) , Monique Smit (RSA) , Holly Aitchison (ENG) , Ssu-Chia Cheng (TPE) , Nicole Garcia (RSA) , Margherita Rigon (ITA) , Linda Henriksson (FIN) , Alex Peters (ENG) , Diana Luna (ITA) , Elisa Serramia (ESP) , Emily Kristine Pedersen (DNK) , Christine Wolf (AUT)
76 - Bree Arthur (AUS) , Caroline Afonso (FRA) , Caroline Rominger (SWI) , Nina Muehl (AUT) , Anne Van Dam (NLD) , Louise Friberg (SWE) , Rebecca Sorensen (SWE) , Georgina Simpson (ENG) , Daisy Nielsen (DEN) , Melanie Maetzler (SWI) , Laura Jansone (LVA) , Charlotte Ellis (ENG) , Louise Stahle (SWE) , Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER)
77 - Sarah-Jane Boyd (ENG) , Stefania Croce (ITA) , Anjelika Hammar (SWE) , Heather Macrae (SCO) , Jade Schaeffer (FRA) , Leigh Whittaker (GER) , Linnea Strom (SWE) , Sharmila Nicollet (IND) , Valentine Derrey (FRA) , Stacey Keating (AUS) , Rebecca Hudson (ENG) , Klara Spilkova (CZE) , Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) , Kelsey Macdonald (SCO) , Anais Maggetti (SWI) , Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
78 - Paula Hurtado (COL) , Marika Voss (FIN) , Sophie Gustafson (SWE) , Sahra Hassan (WAL) , Linda Wessberg (SWE) , Hannah Burke (ENG) , Emma Westin (SWE) , Louise Larsson (SWE) , Emma Goddard (ENG) , Emma Cabrera-bello (ESP) , Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP) , Eleanor Givens (ENG)
79 - Carin Koch (SWE) , Anna Christina Kindgren (COL) , Nina Holleder (GER) , Carmen Alonso (ESP)
80 - Becky Brewerton (WAL) , Josephine Janson (SWE) , Isabella Ramsay (SWE) , Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)
81 - Laurette Maritz (RSA) , Celine Herbin (FRA) , Cathryn Bristow (NZL)
82 - Stephanie Na (AUS)
83 - Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
86 - Sena Ersoy (TUR) , Henni Zuel (ENG)
WD - Begum Yilmaz (TUR), Sezgi Kilic (TUR)