Date: October 08, 2008

WATC DAY 1: Australia has rollercoaster ride

ROUND ONE REPORT: Australia began their Espirito Santo campaign today with mixed fortunes in rounds that included birdies and bogeys and found themselves 5-over and tied for 13th. Adelaide local Stephanie Na started her round well and found herself at 1-under the card through her opening four holes but bogeys on 5,7 and 9 pulled her back to 2-over at the turn. The 284m par 4 seventh hole proved an unhappy hunting ground for the Aussies with Julia Boland also dropping a shot and Clare Choi dropping three. A superb eagle at the 425m par 5 13th hole brought Na back to even but a birdie on the 16th was sandwiched by bogeys leaving Na with a 1-over round of 73 on the opening day. Choi s opening nine holes were trouble free except for the seventh and eighth which cost her four shots as she turned for home. A birdie on 13 reduced her score to 3-under but a bogey on 16 left her finishing with a 4-over 76. Julia Boland s early birdie was followed by dropped shots at 3 and 7 and a costly triple bogey on 9 left her level with team-mate Choi at 4-over with nine to play. A tough time followed on the way back to the clubhouse and Boland finished at 6-over. FIRST ROUND SCORES Stephanie Na 73 (+1) Clare Choi 76 (+4) Julia Boland 78 (+6) The rules of the championship direct that the two best scores from each round be counted and Julia Boland&aposs score was not counted on Day 1.