(Biddenden, England July 9 2004) Kent’s Karen Stupples delighted her local gallery with a five under par 67 at Chart Hills GC during the opening round of the £125,000 Ladies English Open.

The 31-year-old from Deal, who is making her first appearance in a Ladies European Tour event this week, carded six birdies and a solitary bogey and sits a shot behind Minea Blomqvist from Finland, who went one better with a faultless 66 around this Nick Faldo designed course.