Ladies Scottish Open: Anne van Dam makes Solheim bid

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Ladies Scottish Open-8 M-H Lee (Kor), AV Dam (Ned), J Park (USA); -7 M Jutanugarn (Tha); -6 C Hedwall (Swe), C Choi (Kor). Selected others: -4 H Clyburn (Eng), -2 P Pretswell (Sco), C Hull (Eng) Full leaderboard

Anne van Dam made a strong start in her attempt to make a debut on Solheim Cup with a sparkling opening round at the Ladies Scottish Open.

The Dutch player placed two eagles and seven birds in an eight-under 63 at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian to share the lead with American Jane Park and Lee Mi-hyang from Korea.

Van Dam is currently at the last automatic Solheim qualification location.

"It's a big week. I actually need my points," she said.

"I'm just looking forward to playing a solid week of golf. Whatever happens at the end of the week, I can't control it."

The Eight qualification tournaments for the European team for the tournament – which will be in Gleneagles in September – will be decided on Sunday.

The top five of the world ranking and the best three point scorers during the qualifying period are accompanied by four picks by Captain Catriona Matthew.

English duo Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, Spain & # 39; s Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson from Germany and Sweden & # 39; s Anna Nordqvist occupies the five places on the world rankings.

And the Spanish Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Van Dam lead the points list – although the Dutch woman may be taken over by a maximum of 12 players.

"I just don't really think about it," she said. "I'm actually happy it's the last week so everyone can stop talking about it and we know where it is.

" Only the top 10 will receive points this week. I know that I can guarantee my place this way. That is all I can ask myself. "

Holly Clyburn in England is the leading British player after a four-under 67, while Pamela Pretswell is the upper Scot two shots further back.

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