Sarah Kemp tied for lead

Brewerton admitted that she is well equipped to cope with the testing weather conditions.

“Living in North Wales on the coast you get plenty of practice on the links courses and it’s not too bad. If you can keep the ball down then you’re doing okay but the last couple of days have been hard because there’s wind and there’s wind and that was about as extreme a wind we could have ever played,” she said.

“Yesterday, I had teed off on six. We were halfway up the fairway and the group in front called for a referee on the green. One of the golf balls had moved and they were having a debate about what to do.

“I had hit a great shot into the fifth green to six foot and the wind was howling across. I had a putt which normally would have been a straight across but because the wind was howling I aimed it a foot left of the hole. I thought I’d hit a good putt but it hit the lip and then the wind took it another seven foot past. So although a three putt form six feet doesn’t sound too good I wasn’t too unhappy because it was just so difficult.

“In conditions like that you know you’re going to three-putt. I was glad to come in although I was playing well.

“I wouldn’t have minded carrying on but that’s only because I felt so good out there. On the other hand it was unplayable and I think it was the right decision because if we’d have played to the sixth green I don’t think we’d have been able to stop the ball.

“It’s difficult when you don’t know what’s going to happen. The wind can get up so quickly here. I’m going to go and chill out for an hour or so and try not to think about it.”

Brewerton, who has twice represented Wales in the Women’s World Cup and who finished tied for third in this year’s event with compatriot Becky Morgan, has finished second three times already in her two-and-a-half years on the LET. Her best individual finish this season as was tie for fourth at the Spanish Open and she is currently 20th in the New Star Money List.

With conditions improving in the afternoon, there were several players capable of snatching the victory from Welsh hands. Sweden’s Helena Alterby, France’s Stephanie Arricau and European number one Gwladys Nocera joined South African Laurette Maritz on two-under-par for the tournament. England’s Kirsty Taylor was one-under-par while Australia’s Anne-Marie Knight, Ireland’s Rebecca Coakley and England’s Trish Johnson were just three shots off the pace on level par.

69 players head into the final round and the cut fell at nine-over-par.