Day One Report: Norway’s Markus Braadlie leads the way at Royal Birkdale

Day One Report: Norway’s Markus Braadlie leads the way at Royal Birkdale

Norway’s Markus Braadlie is the leader after a day of changeable conditions at The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.

17 year old Braadlie finished with a score of 69, ending the day three under par. Speaking in the Clubhouse after his round, Braadlie said:

“I played very well. I was six under through 14 holes then I made a few mistakes.”

The weather was changeable throughout the day with heavy rain, thunder and lightning all contributing to a difficult afternoon on the course.

Speaking on the conditions, Braadlie said: “It was pretty tough, the wind changed and it rained lots.”

The poor conditions were in stark contrast to the opening of the event when Slovenia’s Luka Naglic hit the first tee shot of the tournament on a fine morning on the Lancashire coast. He finished the day three over par after a consistent round.

Julie McCarthy, Rasmus Hojgaard, Maximilian Steinlechner and Chiara Tamburlini are all tied for second place after ending the day two shots adrift.

Speaking after her round of 71, Ireland’s McCarthy said: “I’m very happy. I was quite solid and didn’t get myself into too much trouble.

“I’ll see what happens tomorrow now. I played well today and will look to do the same again tomorrow.”

England’s Angus Flanagan suffered a disappointing end to his round, dropping three shots on the final four holes to end on two over par for the day.

Italy’s Federica Torre was set for a fantastic round before she hit trouble on the 17th hole, scoring eleven. That resulted in her ending the day on 79, seven over par.

Junior golfers from 28 countries are competing this year in The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.

The Duke of York will attend the Official Tournament Dinner this evening at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.