Weather reprieve for amateur star
CLEETHORPES amateur golfer Holly Clyburn has a second chance to build on her impressive start at the Ricoh Women's British Open today after strong winds ended play yesterday.
The 21-year-old Curtis Cup winner teed off at 7am at Hoylake alongside professionals Karen Stupples and Angela Stanford, looking to build on her strong first-round performance.
Clyburn, pictured, carded level par – the third best score – to finish joint 12th after 18 holes.
In round two, amid blustery conditions, she had dropped three shots from the first four holes when the players were pulled off the Royal Liverpool course.
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Gusts of up to 50mph were reported and balls began to move of their own accord on the greens. Felicity Johnson suffered in the conditions, with a quintuple bogey nine on her first hole.
But all the morning scores were declared void, with round two scheduled to restart afresh this morning.
Speaking after her early return to the clubhouse yesterday, Clyburn said: "The wind was very strong. It was hard on the greens. The balls were starting to oscillate and it was hard to hit the ball while it was moving.
"We started to get problems after the 3rd. Angela's ball moved on the 4th. But despite the conditions I was playing okay and striking the ball well. I just got in a bunker on the 4th and struggled to get out with my first attempt; I also dropped a shot at the 1st.
"But I'm looking forward to starting afresh."
After leaving the course, she tweeted: "This wind is one big joke... in the car and even that's shaking! #notsafe"
Clyburn arose at 4.30am yesterday after a disturbed night's sleep, but said that wouldn't have affected her performance.
"There was a party on the floor below my room, so I switched to a different room," she said. "I got about four hours sleep, but I've been running on adrenaline so I was okay."
Curtis Cup winner Clyburn, making her Open debut, was overjoyed after her first-round performance.
She matched the score of world number one and defending Open champion Yani Tseng, of Taiwan, and beat established professionals such as Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie.
The Cleethorpes amateur also finished eight shots ahead of seven-time Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner Laura Davies.
She tweeted after her round: "Wow! Words can't describe that! It was unreal! Best day of my life!"