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Lurgan amateur Annabel Wilson leads World Invitational after Thursday morning session

Lurgan Golf Club’s Annabel Wilson
Lurgan Golf Club’s Annabel Wilson

Lurgan teenager Annabel Wilson took the clubhouse lead after the Thursday morning session at the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

The UCLA-bound amateur carded a stunning five under par second nine at Galgorm Castle to get in at -2 for the day.

Starting on the 10th, she could only make the turn three over par after a bogey, double bogey finish to the nine.

Three consecutive birdies on four, five and six helped Wilson back in 32 to shoot 71.

Wilson will tomorrow play her second round at Massereene GC, where Leona Maguire shot a one under par opening round on Thursday morning. Her twin sister Lisa could only shoot +4, also at Massereene.

Scottish Europan Tour star Carly Booth carded an even par opening round, while Charley Hull could only get round in one over par, one ahead of Europe's Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew. All three played their opening rounds at Massereene.

Massereene was playing more difficult for the women on Thursday morning, with only three of the 14 players under par starting their tournament at the Antrim course.

In the men's event, Irishman John Hickey was among a group of four leaders on four under par, beginning his campaign at Galgorm.

Cormac Sharvin was the leading Northern Irishman after carding a two under par total at Massereene.

Brooks Koepka's younger brother Chase shot one under par at Massereene.

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