ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women R1

Six is the magic number at World Invitational

August 15-18
Galgorm Castle GC & Massereene GC, Galgorm, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
$250,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Six under par was the score of the day at the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management as Craig Ross and Eleanor Givens wrote their names into the record books as first round leaders.

World Invitational R1 - Six is the magic number at World Invitational
Eleanor Givens. Credit: Damian McKee

“It was great to put a 64 together today,” said Ross. “I’ve had some poor performances to start the season, so it’s nice to be able to put a strong score together out there today.

“I was missing a few greens early on but made some good up-and-downs over my opening nine and then on the closing nine I was just able to slot in some birdie putts and it was obviously great to finish with five birdies in the last six holes.

“I really enjoyed playing in the Jordan Mixed Open, where we were paired up with one woman and a senior. I know this event is a little bit different in that we are not playing directly against the girls but it’s cool to see another format like this on the schedule and I’ve been really enjoying the experience so far.”

Ross, from Scotland, carded a six under par 64 at Massereene Golf Club while England’s Givens signed for her own six under par 67 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club to each lead their respective tournaments by one stroke from two competitors.


“I’m really pleased with how I played today,” said Givens. “I played really solid golf and was really happy with how it was. It’s actually my first time playing with some new clubs I have so it was nice to start with that and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. 

“There’s some interesting weather coming our way. We played in some interesting weather last week in Scotland as well so I’ve had a lot of practice recently and I’d rather play in sunshine, but will see what comes.

“It’s nice to play in the Northern Hemisphere in this format. I played in the Vic Open before so I was really excited to try and do that here and I’m glad I could come.”

Five of the top seven players in tied fourth or better in the men’s tournament were playing at Massereene, while 13 of the top 14 in the women’s tournament opened their tournament at Galgorm Castle, highlighting how the scoring contrasted at each set-up.

With heavy rain curtailing the Pro-Am on Wednesday, both courses were wet underfoot early on day one, with the majority of the low scorers playing later in the day.

Ross’s superb bogey-free 64 set the pace in the men’s tournament ahead of England’s Richard Mansell and Frenchman Gary Stal on five under par, while Calum Hill, who has won twice in his last three starts is a shot further back among the pack on four under par.

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Givens, meanwhile, leads on six under from American Beth Allen and Germany’s Karolin Lampert, who are two shots clear of Silvia Banon, Manon de Roey, Annabel Dimmock and local star Stephanie Meadow on three under par.

“I started good, a little shaky in the middle, and then battled back towards the end,” said Meadow. “I hit a lot of good putts but nothing really fell, but overall it’s a decent start.

It’s great so far, it’s been run really well. I enjoy being with the men, we do the same thing week in week out, 25 weeks a year, so to see some new faces and even hear the sound on the driving range of the guys hitting is a little strange. It’s nice, it’s a good change.”

Tomorrow, competitors will switch courses so those playing at Galgorm Castle today will play at Massereene tomorrow and vice versa, before the field is cut to 60 and ties in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.


Men’s scores
Ladies’ scores
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
ROSS, Craig
-6
64
1
Eleanor GIVENS
-6
67
2
MANSELL, Richard
-5
65
2
Beth ALLEN
-5
68
STAL, Gary
-5
65
Karolin LAMPERT
-5
68
4
PERRIER, Damien
-4
66
4
Annabel DIMMOCK
-3
70
FREEMAN, James
-4
66
Silva BANON
-3
70
HILL, Calum
-4
66
Stephanie MEADOW
-3
70
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-4
66
Manon DE ROEY
-3
70
8
BOURDY, Grégory
-3
67
8
Lauren WALSH (AM)
-2
70
BALTL, Timon
-3
67
Trish JOHNSON
-2
71
HUIZING, Daan
-3
67
Amy WALSH
-2
71
SYME, Connor
-3
67
Olivia COWAN
-2
71
BALDWIN, Matthew
-3
67
Lydia G HALL
-2
71
WRISDALE, Jordan
-3
67
Isabelle BOINEAU
-2
71
HIGGO, Garrick
-3
67
Annabel WILSON (AM)
-2
71
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-3
67
15
Liz YOUNG
-1
72
ECCLES, Ben
-3
67
Ursula WIKSTROM
-1
72
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-3
67
Linda WESSBERG
-1
72
CLEMENTS, Todd
-3
67
Kylie HENRY
-1
72
CARON, Rowin
-3
67
Krista BAKKER
-1
72
20
DEAN, Joe
-2
68
Laura FUENFSTUECK
-1
71
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
68
Leona MAGUIRE
-1
71
ROUSSEL, Robin
-2
68
Lee Anne BRAMWELL (AM)
-1
72
GRADECKI, Mateusz
-2
68
23
Felicity JOHNSON
Par
73
DUBOIS, Edouard
-2
68
Charlotte THOMPSON
Par
73
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
-2
68
Holly CALVERT
Par
72
SIMONSEN, Martin
-2
68
Carly BOOTH
Par
72
SENIOR, Jack
-2
68
27
Sian EVANS
1
73
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-2
68
Chole GOADBY (AM)
1
74
DI NITTO, Enrico
-2
68
Lejan LEWTHWAITE
1
73
SHARVIN, Cormac
-2
68
Cajsa PERSSON
1
73
LAPORTA, Francesco
-2
68
Charley HULL
1
73
MOHR, Marcus
-2
68
Sarah SCHOBER
1
74
HICKEY, John
-2
68
Georgina BLACKMAN (AM)
1
74
KNIPES (AM), Curtis
-2
68
Marianne SKARPNORD
1
73
35
JOANNES, Hugues
-1
69
35
Noora KOMULAINEN
2
74
GRENVILLE-WOOD, Joshua
-1
69
Whitney HILLIER
2
75
MADDY, Paul
-1
69
Gemma CLEWS
2
74
GREHAN, Stuart
-1
69
Rebecca CODD
2
75
MCELROY, Dermot
-1
69
Catriona MATTHEW
2
74
YATES, Jonathan
-1
69
Rochelle MORRIS
2
75
FOOS, Dominic
-1
69
41
Anais MEYSSONNIER
3
75
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-1
69
Emma CABRERA-BELLO
3
76
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-1
69
Lauren TAYLOR
3
75
NILEHN, Fredrik
-1
69
Gabriella COWLEY
3
75
COUPLAND, Dave
-1
69
Jessica ROSS (AM)
3
76
KOEPKA, Chase
-1
69
Michele THOMSON
3
75
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-1
69
47
Anastasia MICKAN
4
76
CANTER, Laurie
-1
69
Sarah BOYD
4
76
BERARDO, Clément
-1
69
Stacy Lee BREGMAN
4
77
GANDY, Tom
-1
69
Diksha DAGAR
4
76
BAEK, Peter Launer
-1
69
Mollie LAWRENCE
4
77
BLOOR, George
-1
69
Vani KAPOOR
4
77
RUFF, Patrick
-1
69
Lisa MAGUIRE
4
76
54
FERNANDEZ, Scott
Par
70
Shannon BURKE (AM)
4
77
YOUNG, Mark
Par
70
55
Dulcie SVERDLOFF
5
77
NEIL, Bradley
Par
70
Manon GIDALI
5
77
DEL VAL, Samuel
Par
70
Maria HERNANDEZ
5
77
CHO, Rak hyun
Par
70
Becky BREWERTON
5
77
MIVIS, Christopher
Par
70
Kiran MATHARU
5
77
MCNAMARA, Rory
Par
70
Leticia RAS-ANDERICA
5
78
STOW, Ben
Par
70
Meghan MACLAREN
5
77
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
Par
70
62
Tracey BOYES
6
78
SANTOS, Ricardo
Par
70
Ana MENENDEZ
6
79
BLAND, Richard
Par
70
Shannon FLYNN
6
78
HELLGREN, Björn
Par
70
Maeve CUMMINS (AM)
6
78
O’ROURKE, Conor
Par
70
Kelsey MACDONALD
6
78
OLSEN, Aksel
Par
70
Paula GRANT (AM)
6
79
GRANT, Stephen
Par
70
Rachael TAYLOR
6
78
ROBB, Chris
Par
70
69
Charlotte AUSTWICK
7
80
MCCLEAN (AM), Matthew
Par
70
Georgia COUGHLIN
7
80
POKE, Benjamin
Par
70
71
Lucy SIMPSON (AM)
8
80
HOWIE, Craig
Par
70
Vera SHIMANSKAYA
8
80
HOLMES, Evan
Par
70
Clara YOUNG (AM)
8
81
COCKERILL, Aaron
Par
70
Jae BOWERS
8
80
VAN DRIEL, Darius
Par
70
75
Jordan RYAN (AM)
9
81
HILL (AM), Josh
Par
70
Lauren HORSFORD
9
81
WIEGELE, Martin
Par
70
77
Inci MEHMET
10
82
LINDELL, Oliver
Par
70
78
Justine DREHER
12
85
BOUCHER (AM), Marc
Par
70
79
Victoria CRAIG
13
85
RICE, Tim
Par
70
80
Felicity LLOYD JONES
16
89
81
ERIKSSON, Martin
1
71
DISQ
Nobuhle DLAMINI
8
81
LOUGHREY, Josh
1
71
VIRTO, Borja
1
71
KIM, Minkyu
1
71
LIMA, José-Filipe
1
71
AHOKAS, Antti
1
71
RIU, Victor
1
71
ELVIRA, Manuel
1
71
SANDBORG, Jepser
1
71
CAREY, David
1
71
GANE, Chris
1
71
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
1
71
BOOTE, David
1
71
GEYGER, Nico
1
71
SCHAPER (AM), Jayden Trey
1
71
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
1
71
RUTHERFORD, Jamie
1
71
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
1
71
McGOWAN, Ross
1
71
ABBOTT, Jamie
1
71
PETROZZI, Gian-Marco
1
71
HEISELE, Sebastian
1
71
ARMITAGE, Marcus
1
71
104
COUSSAUD, Ugo
2
72
BULLEN, Michael
2
72
LAMPERT, Moritz
2
72
STARK, Oscar
2
72
MCBRIDE, Paul
2
72
DAVIDSON, Jack
2
72
ELLIS, Harry
2
72
HIDALGO, Angel
2
72
WILSON, Andrew
2
72
GROS, Sébastien
2
72
MEYERROSE, Dennis
2
72
WEPPERNIG, Philippe
2
72
KING, Gary
2
72
MCCLATCHIE, Kyle
2
72
McGEADY, Michael
2
72
PFEIFFER, Yann
2
72
MUNRO, Jack
2
72
TREE, Toby
2
72
WILLEY, Andrew
2
72
LENGDEN, Oscar
2
72
SARACINO, Andrea
2
72
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
2
72
TURBUTT, Luke
2
72
WAITE, Mitch
2
72
DAWSON, Robin
2
72
129
GALBRAITH, JR
3
73
STUREHED, Henric
3
73
BRUN, Julien
3
73
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
3
73
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
3
73
BERNADET, Adrien
3
73
MCKIBBIN (AM), Tom
3
73
LINARD, Thomas
3
73
FORD, Matt
3
73
SAXTON, Reinier
3
73
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
3
73
STALTER, Joël
3
73
MERONK, Adrian
3
73
DEL MORAL, Carlos
3
73
ROMANO (AM), Andrea
3
73
THOMAS, Stephen
3
73
ITEN, Marco
3
73
GREEN, Richard
3
73
WEINHANDL, Uli
3
73
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
3
73
ORTOLANI, Michele
3
73
150
JOHANSSON, Niclas
4
74
MAURER, Jürgen
4
74
THORNTON, Simon
4
74
HOEY, Michael
4
74
CASEY, Brian
4
74
LASKEY, Mark
4
74
HENRY, Scott
4
74
GAGNE, Luis
4
74
DOBSON, Hugo
4
74
KAKKO, Roope
4
74
TOWNDROW, Sean
4
74
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
4
74
WHITNELL, Dale
4
74
ALBERTUS, Max
4
74
COHEN, Perry
4
74
JOUVEN, Richard
4
74
MCLARNON (AM), Tiarnan
4
74
ERKENBECK, James
4
74
DALLAT, Peter
4
74
169
STEAD, Brady
5
75
BRAEUNIG, Christian
5
75
HURLEY, Gary
5
75
PEACOCK, Daniel
5
75
CAMPBELL Jnr (AM), Colm
5
75
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
5
75
ZUNIC, Jordan
5
75
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
5
75
DALLAT, Michael
5
75
TURNER, Niall
5
75
CEA, Michele
5
75
180
MAGUIRE (AM), Odhran
6
76
SPOONER, Billy
6
76
DOAK, Chris
6
76
KÖLBING, Jonas
6
76
AGUILAR, Felipe
6
76
NEMECZ, Lukas
6
76
186
DE GUNZBURG, Alexandre
7
77
EROFEJEFF, Peter
7
77
FINCH, Richard
7
77
FREIBURGHAUS, Jeremy
7
77
190
LAWLOR (AM), Brendan
8
78
191
NEUMAYER, Bernard
9
79
DISQ
BRYAN, Simon
9