Walker in Finn form

The Scotsman - - Reviews - EL­SPEtH BurN­SIdE

SCOT­TiSH rookie Kylie Walker pro­duced the best round of her pro­fes­sional ca­reer – a su­perb seven-un­der par 64 to take a two-stroke lead over South African Lee-Anne Pace af­ter yes­ter­day’s first round of the Fin­nair Masters in Helsinki.

The 23-year-old for­mer great Bri­tain and ire­land am­a­teur in­ter­na­tional from Buchanan Cas­tle un­der­lined her po­ten­tial by birdieing the fourth, fifth and ninth on her way to an out­ward to­tal of 31 and came home in 33, pick­ing up more shots at the tenth, 12th 14th and 17th.

Hav­ing eas­ily come through qual­i­fy­ing at her sec­ond at­tempt at the Ladies’ euro­pean Tour School at La Manga in De­cem­ber, Walker pre­sumed life on tour would be ‘a dod­dle’. But she was proved wrong when she missed six of her first eight cuts. Her form has im­proved and she has had top 25 back-to-back fin­ishes in Wales and at last week’s Ladies’ Scot­tish Open at Archer­field.

She said: “in my first few events i re­ally strug­gled, not so much be­cause of my game but be­cause i was just so ner­vous but i’m get­ting used to it now.”

it was also a good day for Mus­sel­burgh’s Vikki Laing who is tied for sev­enth place on three un­der par.

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