Women’s NSW Open R1

Dryburgh and Thomson tied for lead in Australia

February 27 – March 01
Dubbo Golf Club, New South Wales
€210,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Aberdeen duo Gemma Dryburgh and Michele Thomson share a one-shot lead after a pair of five-under-par 67s in the first round of the Women’s New South Wales Open.

Women’s NSW Open R1 - Dryburgh & Thomson tied for lead
Gemma Dryburgh. Courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Thomson set the mark with six birdies – including five on the front nine – before finishing with a bogey on the short 18th hole at Dubbo Golf Club, a challenging course situated on the western banks of the Macquarie River.


Dryburgh, who went out in 34, came back in 33 with three birdies in her last six holes on a warm and sunny afternoon.

Thomson, whose best finish on the LET was second in the 2017 Hero Women’s Indian Open, said: “It was pretty steady. I hit a lot of fairways and greens and holed some really nice putts, so it was quite enjoyable.


“It was nice to feel that the driver was going to go straight, because you’re looking around about you and there are a lot of people who are not finding the fairway. I just wanted to give myself chances and that’s what I did.

“The fairways are tough. You think you’re in the perfect spot but they will run out into the rough. I managed to find a few today, which definitely helped.


“I’d love another three five-unders. I’ve just got to keep going, keep my nose in front and let’s see what happens on Sunday.”

Thomson has her father, Graham, serving as her caddie in Australia and she enjoys having him on the bag.

“Like with any father daughter relationship, he can get on my nerves occasionally, but he’s doing really well and it’s really hot here and he’s carrying the tour bag, so he’s doing a great job,” she said.


Dryburgh, who won the Oatlands Pro-Am on the ALPG Tour in 2017, is second on the LET’s Race to Costa Del Sol after her career-best fourth place finish in the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville last week and could move into pole position this week, as top-ranked Linnea Strom is not playing.

She said: “I hit my driver quite well. I only hit eight fairways, which is quite low usually, but the fairways are very narrow here, so it was a good day off the tee, and I made a lot of putts as well. I was seeing the breaks really well.

“My putting has been improving and that’s been the missing piece over the last couple of years, so it’s nice to see the putts going in and hopefully they continue to do so for the next three days.”


The Scottish pair lead ahead of Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth and Germany’s Olivia Cowan, with Swede Julia Engström, India’s Diksha Dagar and Australian Breanna Gill a stroke further back.

Last year’s LET order of merit winner Esther Henseleit from Germany, Beth Allen from the United States, England’s Holly Clyburn, Agathe Sauzon from France and Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, making her first start on the LET as a professional, are tied for eighth place on two-under-par.

The tournament continues from 7.15am on Friday. Entrance is free for spectators and all are welcome to attend.


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-5
67
1
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
-5
67
3
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-4
68
3
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-4
68
5
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-3
69
5
Diksha Dagar (IND)
-3
69
5
Breanna Gill (AUS)
-3
69
8
Beth Allen (USA)
-2
70
8
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-2
70
8
Atthaya Thitikul (THA)
-2
70
8
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
-2
70
8
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
-2
70
13
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
-1
71
13
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-1
71
13
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-1
71
13
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-1
71
13
Harang Lee (ESP)
-1
71
13
Linette Littau Durr Holmslykke (DEN)
-1
71
13
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-1
71
13
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-1
71
13
Kristalle Blum (AUS)
-1
71
22
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
Par
72
22
Hannah Burke (ENG)
Par
72
22
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
Par
72
22
Celine Herbin (FRA)
Par
72
22
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
Par
72
22
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
Par
72
22
Becky Kay (AUS)
Par
72
22
Grace Kim (AUS) (a)
Par
72
22
Karoline Lund (NOR)
Par
72
22
Kylie Henry (SCO)
Par
72
22
Soo Jin Lee (AUS)
Par
72
22
Leonie Harm (GER)
Par
72
22
Amy Boulden (WAL)
Par
72
22
Hannah Hellyer (CAN)
Par
72
22
Onkanok Soisuwan (THA)
Par
72
22
Chloe Williams (WAL)
Par
72
22
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
Par
72
22
Laura Murray (SCO)
Par
72
40
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
1
73
40
Pia Babnik (SLO)
1
73
40
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
1
73
40
Christine Wolf (AUT)
1
73
40
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
1
73
40
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
1
73
40
Adele Douglas (AUS) (a)
1
73
40
Anne-charlotte Mora (FRA)
1
73
40
Aditi Ashok (IND)
1
73
40
Sophie Yip (AUS) (a)
1
73
50
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
2
74
50
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
2
74
50
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
2
74
50
Alejandra Llaneza (MEX)
2
74
50
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
74
50
Doey Choi (AUS) (a)
2
74
50
Rosie Davies (ENG)
2
74
50
Mireia Prat (ESP)
2
74
50
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
2
74
50
Natasha Fear (ESP)
2
74
50
Ayaka Sugihara (JPN)
2
74
50
Robyn Doig (CAN)
2
74
50
Kim Metraux (SUI)
2
74
50
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
2
74
50
Gaurika Bishnoi (IND)
2
74
50
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
2
74
50
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
2
74
50
Hanee Song (NZL)
2
74
68
Yerin Kim (AUS) (a)
3
75
68
Megan Osland (CAN)
3
75
68
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
75
68
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
3
75
68
Stephanie Na (AUS)
3
75
68
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
3
75
68
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
3
75
68
Stephanie Kyriacou (AUS)
3
75
68
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
3
75
68
Celina Yuan (AUS)
3
75
68
Annika Rathbone (AUS) (a)
3
75
68
Marta Martin (ESP)
3
75
68
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
3
75
68
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
3
75
68
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
3
75
68
Amy Walsh (AUS)
3
75
68
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
3
75
68
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
3
75
86
Grace St Just (AUS)
4
76
86
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
4
76
86
Cassie Porter (AUS) (a)
4
76
86
Madelene Stavnar (NOR)
4
76
86
Sarah Wilson (AUS) (a)
4
76
86
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
4
76
86
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
4
76
86
Charlotte Thomas (ENG)
4
76
86
Kelsey Bennett (AUS) (a)
4
76
86
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
4
76
96
Hannah Park (AUS)
5
77
96
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
5
77
96
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
5
77
96
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
5
77
96
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
5
77
96
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
5
77
96
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
5
77
96
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
5
77
96
Louise Markvardsen (DEN)
5
77
96
Stina Resen (NOR)
5
77
96
Amelia Lewis (USA)
5
77
96
Justine Dreher (FRA)
5
77
96
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
5
77
96
Nadine White (AUS)
5
77
96
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
5
77
96
Hye Ji Lee (KOR)
5
77
96
Elizabeth Elmassian (AUS)
5
77
113
Caitlin Roberts (AUS)
6
78
113
Manon Gidali (FRA)
6
78
113
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
6
78
113
Franziska Friedrich (GER)
6
78
113
Elmay Viking (COK)
6
78
113
Karina Kukkonen (FIN)
6
78
113
Brooke Baker (USA)
6
78
113
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
6
78
113
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
6
78
113
Julienne Soo (AUS)
6
78
113
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
6
78
113
Astha Madan (IND)
6
78
113
EunJung Ji (KOR)
6
78
113
Nina Pegova (RUS)
6
78
127
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
7
79
127
Jess Pickwick (AUS)
7
79
127
Tvesa Malik (IND)
7
79
127
Tomoko Yokoyama (JPN)
7
79
127
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
7
79
132
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
8
80
132
Maddison Hinson-tolchard (AUS) (a)
8
80
132
Sock Hwee Koh (SIN)
8
80
132
Koto Ishiyama (JPN)
8
80
132
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
8
80
132
Munchin Keh (NZL)
8
80
132
Georgia Clarke (AUS)
8
80
139
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
9
81
139
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
9
81
139
Elia Folch (ESP)
9
81
139
Jade Shellback (AUS)
9
81
139
Katelyn Must (AUS)
9
81
139
Ridhima Dilawari (IND)
9
81
145
Montana Strauss (AUS)
10
82
145
Casey Wild (AUS)
10
82
147
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
11
83
147
Bree Arthur (AUS)
11
83
147
Karen Pearce (AUS)
11
83
150
Ella Murray (AUS) (a)
12
84
150
Adele Huggard (AUS)
12
84
152
Jenna Hunter (NZL)
13
85
152
Miki Nishiyama (JPN)
13
85
154
June Song (AUS) (a)
14
86
155
Chizuru Ueda (AUS)
15
87
156
Kristen Farmer (AUS)
17
89