Italy’s Carlotta Ricolfi stormed into an early lead on Day One of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
The 17 year old hit two eagles on the opening two holes as she quickly found her rhythm in fair conditions at Prince’s Golf Club.
Ricolfi finished the day on five under par, a lead of two over Welsh hope Ben Chamberlain. He ended a promising day with a score of 69 as he kept in touch with the impressive Italian competitor.
Ricolfi, who was the leading girl at The Duke’s 2014 Competition, took full advantage of the light winds to post a round of 67.
Speaking afterwards, she said: “I played very well and the putting was very good and I had a great start with the two eagles.”
“The course was similar to last year but the weather conditions were much better.“
Slovenia’s Zan Stirn finished on two under par after he bogeyed the final two holes to post a score of 70, leaving him tied for third place overnight.
The tournament officially got underway with Japanese youngster Takumi Kanaya striking the first tee shot at 8:00.
The Duke of York was present for the morning’s play and witnessed some impressive performances from a talented field of golfers.
The early starters were met with a cool breeze and gradual sunshine, conditions which will have delighted the competitors as they tackled the coastal Links Course.
Sweden’s Felix Palson was amongst the early leaders and ended the day two under par after hitting four birdies, including a four at the difficult Par Five 12th hole.
Chilean Player Joaquin Neimann was also amongst the day’s leaders as he finished with a round of 71. This included a birdie on the tricky 10th hole, a Par 4 which troubled several competitors during yesterday’s practice round.
With a good weather forecast for the remainder of the week, the field will have high hopes of posting some low scores over the next two days.