Artis feels better at Swiss

Friday, 15 June 2012
Stacey Keating
Stacey Keating

Australian Rebecca Artis carded a career-best, eight-under-par round of 64 to take the lead on day one at the Ladies Swiss Open.

Twenty-three-year-old Artis stormed home with four birdies and an eagle in her last six holes on Thursday to lead Briton Florentyna Parker by two strokes at the Golf Gerre Losone.

Defending champion Diana Luna of Italy and France's Barbara Genuini are a stroke further back at five under.

"I've shot seven under before, but not eight. It was very exciting really," Artis said after her scorching round.

Artis has not won in her three seasons on the Ladies European Tour but is now in a good position after handling the wet conditions with aplomb.

Australian Stacey Keating is tied for fifth at four under, together with South Africans Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Simon, Frenchwoman Virginie Lagoutte-Clement, Sweden's Caroline Westrup and Italian Stefania Croce.