Golfer Disqualified From Women's Amateur Championship

Scotland's Freya Russell signed for an incorrect score on day one at the Women's Amateur

Freya Russell plays an iron shot
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A competitor has been disqualified from this week's Women's Amateur Championship at Prince's Golf Club after signing for the wrong score during round one of the qualifying stages.

Scotland's Freya Russell, who hit the opening shot of the historic 120th playing of the championship, realised that she had signed for an incorrect score after leaving the recording area following her round, as first reported by the Scotsman's Martin Dempster.

By the sound of it, Russell very honestly called herself out after realising that she had made one of the many scorecard mistakes in golf - which results in disqualification.

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Russell, who plays out of nine-time Open Championship venue and 2022 AIG Women's Open host Royal Troon, is listed as shooting a five-over-par 77 in round one of the championship with three birdies and eight bogeys.

She has seven wins in tournaments sanctioned by the World Amateur Golf Ranking and is set to attend Florida State University next fall.

The lead stands at four-under-par after day one, held by Christin Eisenbeiss and Silje Torvund Ohma. The top 64 players after 36-holes of stroke play make it through to the match play knockout stages.

The Women's Amateur Championship dates back to 1893 and boasts recent past champions such as Leona Maguire, Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist.

The champion this week will qualify for the AIG Women's Open, US Women's Open, Amundi Evian Championship and next year's Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Last year's championship was won by England's Jess Baker, who beat Sweden's Louise Rydqvist in the final.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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