Lewis the Leading Lady in Marbella Spain

Lewis the Leading Lady in Marbella Spain

Amelia Lewis of the United States shot a four-under-par 68 in hot and breezy conditions at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella on Thursday afternoon to seize a one stroke lead over English duo Florentyna Parker and Rosie Davies in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino.

Lewis, 25, from Jacksonville, Florida, said that she scrambled for her five birdies on the second, fifth, ninth, 12th and 17th holes, but was pleased to escape with just one three-putt bogey at No. 16.

“I was off the fairway on pretty much all my birdie holes and stuck it close and made the putts,” said Lewis, who made a putt of 10 feet on the second hole. She birdied the long fifth with a tap-in and then holed a curling 30-foot birdie putt on the ninth. On No. 12, she smacked her second shot to two feet using a gap wedge from 108 yards and then sank another birdie putt from 20-feet on 17.

This is her first time playing in Spain since she qualified for the LET at La Manga Club in January 2012 and she and her brother Chris, who is her caddie, are enjoying the experience.

“This location is gorgeous. It’s so beautiful with the water and the people are nice. It’s like a little holiday for my brother and me. We’re just enjoying it. I love Europe in general… I love the tour and the people and have a lot of good friends out here. I just love traveling and seeing new places,” she said.

This is her third straight week in Europe, following the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters in Germany, where she tied for 12th place and the Evian Championship in France, where she was on site as the second alternate.

“I had a good practice session last week at Evian. All week I just practiced so I was eager to get out there and play a score,” she said.

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