A strong start for Woad in Europe

England’s Lottie Woad has made a fine start to the girls’ event at the European Young Masters at the Golf & Spa Kunĕtická in the Czech Republic.

15-year-old Woad, the Midland Under 16 champion from Farnham, carded a three-under par 69 to share fifth place after the first round. Her team-mate, Patience Rhodes, from Burham & Berrow, shot a 77 to go into the second round just outside the top-40.

The leaders of the girls’ competition are Malaysia’s Mirabel Ting and Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini who both fired five under par rounds of 67, one shot better than France’s Lilas Pinthier and Leonor Medriros from Portugal. Fiorellini won the R&A Girls’ Open Championship earlier this season at Formby and is the current holder of the English Under 14 Amateur title.

In the boys’ event, played at the same venue, 15-year-old Jack Bigham, from Harpenden, carded a one-under par 71 to share 20th place seven shots behind leaders Michael Alexander Mjaaseth from Norway and Germany’s Yannick Malik. Dubai-based Josh Hill was two-shot further back in a tie for 33rd place after shooting a 73.

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