Scottish pair lead Women's NSW Open golf

Michele Thomson and fellow Scottish golfer Gemma Dryburgh are joint leaders after the opening round of the Women's NSW Open in Dubbo.

Scottish duo Michele Thomson and Gemma Dryburgh hold a one stroke lead atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Women's NSW Open at the Dubbo Golf Club.

Thomson and Gemma Dryburgh carded five-under 67s on Thursday to enjoy a slender advantage over two other visitors, Swede Camilla Lennarth and Olivia Cowan (Germany).

Breanna Gill was the leading Australian in a tie for fifth at three-under.

Dryburgh and Thomson dropped just three shots between them as they tamed the layout.

Thomson had just one bogey - after lipping out for par at the 18th - while Dryburgh dropped consecutive shots on the front nine.

"I was two-under through three holes so it was nice to get off to a fast start. To be honest, there was nothing really special about the round," Thomson said.

Dryburgh was pleased to carry on her good form following a Ladies European Tour career-best fourth in last week's Australian Ladies Classic near Coffs Harbour.

That result was based on much-improved accuracy on the greens.

"It's been the missing piece of the puzzle the last couple of years so it's nice to see the putts go in finally," she said.

Defending champion Meg MacLaren and last week's runaway Ladies Classic winner Stephanie Kyriacou both struggled before signing for three-over 75s.

MacLaren is aiming for a NSW Open three-peat this week while 19-year-old Kyriacou is making her professional debut.


AAP