Melissa Reid

“It was nice to finish with an eagle. I had five under on the front nine and that kind of gets the ball rolling,” said the 22-year-old Derbyshire player. “I knew if I just made a couple of birdies on the back nine then it was going to be a pretty good score. I got off to a really good start.

“It’s one of those courses where you’ve got to completely use your imagination and you’ve just got to feel everything so I think the girls are coming around to it and having a bit of fun out there, which is good.”

“Obviously it’s nice to have won and to have finished second in Germany. It kind of gets the ball rolling and gives you that confidence. It’s a nice confidence and I hope to keep it going. Another 65 would be nice.”

Smith, 21, from Perth, has won twice already this season, on the ALPG Tour in Australia and on the Duramed Futures Tour in America. She was delighted to be in contention to win her first Ladies European Tour event and said: “I feel like I have a really good chance to win this week. I feel that the golf course really suits my game.

“I’ve had a couple of wins this year and the first one shooting nine under in the last round. That was nice and I know I definitely can do it. To be not leading going into the last round calms the nerves a little bit too.”

Maria Hernandez Munoz