Smets (left) and Tadiotto (right)

The Belgians said they were enjoying the format, and giving the English pair a run for their money.

“I have known Trish for a long time so I was like, “She is not going to beat us again!” said Tadiotto, who along with Smets is one of the only two touring women golf professionals from her country.

“We are a little country with two good players. We are the only two so it’s good for Belgium.”

Smets added: “We just tried to keep it relaxed and we don’t want to put any pressure on ourselves.”

The German team of Martina Eberl and Anja Monke remained in third position on five-under-par after a “Valencian Cup” score of 73. Meanwhile the Spanish pair of Paula Marti and Tania Elosegui combined for a score of 73 and moved two places up the leaderboard into fourth place on a total of three-under.

Marti admitted that she had walked up to her own ball in error a few times, before correcting her mistake and she found the format “funny and interesting!”

Background:

The inaugural VCI European Ladies Golf Cup features four balls on days one and three, with “The Valencian Cup Format”, a variation on greensomes to be played on days two and four.

The Valencian Cup Format is where two competitors play as partners. On playing a par 3 hole, each partner will lay one stroke from the teeing ground and one ball in play will be selected by the side. This ball will be played alternately until it is holed according to the foursome format and rules of golf.

On playing a par 4 hole, each partner will play one stroke from the teeing ground. Each player will then play her partner’s ball for their second stroke. The side will then select the most advantageous ball in play and this ball will be played alternately until it is holed according to the foursome format and rules of golf.

On playing a par five hole each player plays her tee shot, each player then plays her partner’s ball for the second shot, and player’s then play the ball played by their partner for the third shot.

The most advantageous ball in play is then played alternately until the ball is holed according to the foursome format and rules of golf. Penalty strokes do not affect the order of play.