Team captain Cathy Bowerbank remarked: “It’s been an excellent team effort and I am delighted.”
The players had to contend with early rain and showers throughout the day – and also had to master the large, tricky greens where many competitors found it difficult to stop their approach putts by the hole.
England’s highlights included an eagle three for Carole Caldwell on the par five 17th, where she holed a full seven-iron. English seniors’ champion Sue Ellis made her international debut with a solid 76 while the 2006 titleholder, Christine Watson, matched her score with a round which included three birdies.
The best five scores from six count in each of two qualifying rounds. After 36 holes the top four teams will go into the championship matchplay flight to compete for the medals. The other four teams will play in the second flight.
The first round leaders are Sweden (378), followed by France (382), England (385) and Scotland (388).
England scores: 76 Sue Ellis (Ferndown), Christine Watson (Beaconsfield). 77 Chris Quinn (Hockley). 78 Hilary Smyth (Pannal), Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale). 82 (discounted) Sue Dye (Delamere Forest).
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