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Surprise leader at Canberra women's golf

Women's world No.452 Amelia Lewis has surprised top players at the Canberra golf classic, including defending champion Jiyai Shin, and leads after round one.

Surprise leader at Canberra women's golf

Women's world No.452 Amelia Lewis has surprised top players at the Canberra golf classic, including defending champion Jiyai Shin, and leads after round one.

AMELIA LEWIS of the United States plays her second shot on the par 5, third hole during the second round of the 2017 Dubai Ladies Classic on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
AMELIA LEWIS of the United States plays her second shot on the par 5, third hole during the second round of the 2017 Dubai Ladies Classic on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Picture:Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Women's world No.452 golfer Amelia Lewis is the surprise outright leader of the Canberra Classic after a scintillating opening round.

The American carded a six-under-par 65 on Friday at Royal Canberra to upstage pre-tournament favourites, Australian Hannah Green and defending champion Jiyai Shin.


Lewis put together a bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead into Saturday's second round over Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, Finland's Noora Komulainen and Germany's Manon De Roey.

The 28-year-old revealed she took a break after finishing 45th last week in the Australian Ladies Classic on the NSW north coast.

She found her rhythm at the Yarralumla course after hitting her first birdie on the eighth hole.

"After Bonville, I took a few days off and went to Sydney and relaxed," Lewis told reporters.

"Coming here, I've just been working on putting and played a few practice rounds and just took it easy so it was a very stress-free day out there.

"I did very well and gave myself a lot of chances, I started off a bit slow with all pars and missed some putts."

France's Celine Herbin is tied for fifth alongside Austria's Sarah Schober and Scotland's Carly Booth after shooting 67s.

Green is another shot back at three under tied with 10 others, including Esther Henseleit, Madelene Sagstrom, Anne van Dam and Christine Wolf.

Green is gunning for her first professional win in Australia after the rising 22-year-old's second-placed finish in the $350,000 Australian Classic.

After starting her Yarralumla first round with two birdies, Green had a horror fourth-hole double bogey.

"I need to be a bit more consistent with my driver (in round two)," Green told reporters.

"I hit the ball really good in the pro-am but I had a few go left on me today, which is unusual so I'll go and hit some balls."

South Korean World No.25 Shin is tied for 19th after carding a 69.

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