England’s Georgia Hall started her 2018 season as she finished 2017 by leading the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit after a tie for third in the Oates Vic Open. This week, she is determined to maintain her status with another strong performance, at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic, taking place at Royal Canberra Golf Club in the Australian capital.

Hall will be playing alongside last week’s Oates Vic Open winner Minjee Lee and former world number one Ji-Yai Shin, the winner of the Australian Open at Royal Canberra, for the first two rounds, starting from the 10th tee at 8.03am on Friday.

After winning the Pro-Am on Thursday morning, on a course she described as ‘majestic’, Hall was relishing the chance to contend again.

She said: “I’m playing three weeks in Australia and I always love coming here. I was looking forward to coming to Canberra. I want to do well this week, that’s for sure.

There are a lot of good players this week so whoever’s going to win will have to be on their game. I will focus on my game and see what happens.

“I think the course is in amazing condition. The greens are big and that’s their protection. The fairways are lovely and it’s nice to play as we have such a good golf course here.”

After the Pro-Am, Hall scaled the Black Mountain Tower, a telecommunications tower which is Canberra’s iconic landmark rising 195.2 metres above the summit of Black Mountain, with views stretching across the city and its Parliament House.

Already at the top of the LET Order of Merit, Hall now wants to hit the summit on the leader board this weekend, to punch her first win on the Ladies European Tour.