Sporting Digest: Golf

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THE British Women's Open will be a recognised event on the American LPGA tour from next year.

BRITISH WOMEN'S STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS (Guillane) Leading first-round scores: 70 L Brooky (NZ); 71 K Tebbit (East Devon); 72 M McKinlay (Blairmore and Strone); 73 V Thomas (Pennard); 74 J Morley (Sale), K Speak (Clitheroe), J Hall (Felixstowe Ferry), R Nugent (Brookmans Park); 75 V Melvin (Stirling University), M Brink (Swe), M Sutton (Royal Blackheath), T Hakin (Laytown and Bettystown)