L.E.T. Deloitte Ladies Open. Rookie Camilla Lennarth Has 3 Stroke Lead. May 24 2013

The Ladies European Tour event the Deloitte Ladies Open has a rookie leading after the first round in Amsterdam. Camilla Lennarth of Sweden fired a -7 under par 66, on the par 73 lay-out, to lead by three strokes. Camilla Lennarth / LET Camilla was able to make the most of the warmer afternoon conditions after the bitterly cold start to this event in the Netherlands. She was able to post four birdies on the back nine, five overall to go with her Eagle for her -7 under par total. They are playing on The International course, which lies next door to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam. She said she was surprised to see the lead was only at -3 under when she teed off; " Before I teed off I saw the leaders at three-under and I was a little surprised, I just aimed for a par on every hole and things went my way. I made some putts and that gave me some momentum. I was hoping for a better start this year, I played well at Q-School but I’ve been struggling ,so it’s nice that even though I didn’t strike the ball as well as I can, I got a great score out there. This is the best score I’ve ever posted in a tournament." Gwladys Nocera and Benedikte Grotvedt are tied in second place, three shots at -4 under par, is playing with confidence now after she had gone through a period of playing badly; " I hit the ball pretty well. I was most of the time close to the pin, the right side of the green, so lots of birdie opportunities. Everything was good and the course was hard, so nothing to complain about. I’ve come from playing badly and losing so much confidence and now being able to play well again feels good so I don’t want to think about it. I just want to play golf, because that’s what I love." There are six players in a group at -3 under-par, of them only Melissa Reid and Line Vedel started early, in temperatures hovering around 7C for most of the morning. Melissa said she was shivering while putting; " It was so cold this morning that you couldn’t warm up and you were shivering putting your ball on the tee so the mental side was to get over that. When you’re freezing you have to keep your body warm and your hands warm and that’s the biggest challenge." It would take more than a pink Beanie to keep me warm at those temperatures.