Nikki Dunn kept her 2016 form going into the new season after finishing joint top of the leaderboard at the opening WPGA One Day series event at Little Aston Golf Club.

Dunn won the inaugural WPGA Lombard Trophy in Portugal last year.

And the final year Dinsdale Spa assistant had that winning feeling again at the Birmingham venue when she carded a three under par round of 71.

She tied for the lead with Ladies European Tour player and current Welsh National PGA Champion Lydia Hall, of Hensol Golf Academy in south Wales.

Darlington-based Dunn would have won the event had she not picked up a bogey at the par four 18th hole after making five birdies.

But the former England amateur was happy with her performance and now plans to re-focus on playing now that she has finished her PGA exams.

“Before I became a PGA assistant I was playing at international and county level and I spent four years in the USA in Texas and Florida,” said Dunn.

“So now my exams are over I’ll be looking to pick that up again. I’ll be playing in the next round of the WPGA One day event which is at Dunham Forest which is a course I love playing at.”

Dunn and Hall finished one shot ahead of Victoria Mallet (Mytime Active) who came third.

And Dunn admitted it was satisfying to match a player of Hall’s pedigree.

“She wasn’t the same group as me but it was good to compete with her at the top of the leaderboard - she’s a tough cookie,” said Dunn.

“I wasn’t expecting that result at all as I haven’t practiced much so far.

“My last competitive round was in September when we won the Lombard Trophy.

“I want to play another couple of One Day Series events before we have the Lombard qualifier again in June and I am looking forward to keeping my form going this season.

“I played Little Aston last year and before that I’d played it for England as a teenager of maybe 13 or 14. I know the course pretty well.

“It wasn’t the best start or finish for me - but the middle bit was a case of ‘when it’s your day, it’s your day’.”

 

Pos

 Player+/-AfterTotalPointsPrize Fund 
T1 England Nikki Dunn  Dinsdale Spa Golf Club -3 F 71 8 £312.50  
T1 Wales Lydia Hall  Hensol Golf Academy -3 F 71 8 £312.50  
3 England Victoria Mallett  Mytime Active -2 F 72 3 £150.00  
T4 England Sarah Smith  Saffron Walden Golf Club E F 74 0.50 £87.50  
T4 England Danielle Anderson  Stoke by Nayland Golf Club Ltd E F 74 0.50 £87.50  
T6 England Maria Tulley  Eastbourne Downs Golf Club +1 F 75   £16.67  
T6 England Hannah Davies  Adlington Golf Centre +1 F 75   £16.67  
T6 England Sarah Walton  Kington Golf Club +1 F 75   £16.67  
9 England Chloe Rogers  Buckinghamshire Golf Club +2 F 76   £0.00  
T10 England Sian James  Wentworth Club +3 F 77   £0.00  
T10 England Alison Nicholas  Beau Desert Golf Club +3 F 77   £0.00  
T10 England Olivia Raybould  Three Hammers Golf Complex +3 F 77   £0.00  
T10 England Helen Searle  Wilpshire Golf Club +3 F 77   £0.00  
T14 England Ali Gray  Ormskirk Golf Club +4 F 78   £0.00  
T14 England Joanne Taylor  Tyrrells Wood Golf Club +4 F 78   £0.00  
T14 Scotland Catherine Panton-Lewis  The Berkshire Golf Club +4 F 78   £0.00  
T14 England Katy Edwards  Bryn Meadows Golf & Country Cl +4 F 78   £0.00  
T18 England Nicola Bennett +5 F 79   £0.00  
T18 England Katie Rule  Mullion Golf Club +5 F 79   £0.00  
T18 England Kym Larratt  Kibworth Golf Club +5 F 79   £0.00  
21 England Stephanie Hall  Tankersley Park Golf Club +6 F 80   £0.00  
T22 England Suzanne Dickens  Thorpe Wood Golf Course +7 F 81   £0.00  
T22 England Jessica Heap  Ashridge Golf Club +7 F 81   £0.00  
24 England Emma Brown  Kendleshire Golf Club +9 F 83   £0.00  
T25 England Keely Chiericato  Manston Golf Centre +10 F 84   £0.00  
T25 England Sophie Kennard  The Dyke Golf Club +10 F 84   £0.00  
T25 England Karen Heywood  Brookdale Golf Club +10 F 84   £0.00  
T25 England Laura Harvey  Darlington Golf Club +10 F 84   £0.00  
29 England Ella McClintock  De Vere Wychwood Park Golf Clu +12 F 86   £0.00  
30 England Alice Hiluta  Chelmsford Golf Club +14 F 88   £0.00  
31 England Caroline Bradley  Finchley Golf Club +15 F 89   £0.00  
32 England Katrina Gani  Shirley Golf Club +17 F 91   £0.00  
DID NOT FINISH
WD England Claire Duffy            
WD England Marie Martindale  Motocaddy Limited            

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