GREAT Britain and Ireland’s women golfers made a winning start to the Astor Trophy at the Fairhaven course in a competition that features the best amateur players in the Commonwealth.
They defeated Australia on a day of singles and foursomes by 5-2.
Britain’s Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden set the team on their way with a 3 & 2 victory in the foursomes.
Tidy continued her good form after lunch winning her singles.
New Zealand, the pre-competition favourites, beat South Africa 4½-2½. Chief focus of attention on the Kiwi team was Lydia Ko, at just 14 the leading amateur in the world.
She teamed up with fellow teenager and world number two Cecilia Cho to win her foursomes.
The duo played sub-par golf on the back nine to win by 5 & 3 over Bertine Strauss and Kim Williams.
However, Williams extracted some measure of revenge in the afternoon singles, defeating Ko one-up.
The round-robin competition continued today with Great Britain and Ireland up against South Africa, while Canada took on New Zealand.