England’s world number five amateur, Charley Hull, shot up the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California with a superb four-under par 68 in the third round.
It lifted the 16-year-old into a share of 37th place in the first Major of the season, ahead of such players as Morgan Pressel, Caroline Hedwall, Melissa Reid and Karen Stupples.
The Woburn player, who is now level par for the championship, noted her score on Twitter with the very expressive hashtag “Boom.” She also told her followers: “I’m gaining loads of experience this week playing in my first professional and my first Major championship!”
Charley’s impressive performance began with a round of one-under 71, followed by 77 and now 68. Her latest score included five birdies and just one bogey. She’s just one-shot behind the two leading amateurs, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Austin Ernst of the USA.
Meanwhile, the championship is jointly led by world number one Yani Tseng and Karin Sjodin of Sweden who are both nine-under par.
Charley makes the cut in Kraft Nabisco
31 March 2012
Top England amateur Charley Hull has impressively made the halfway cut the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.
The 16-year-old, who is playing in her first Major, qualified for the weekend right on the cut mark, at four-over par.
Charley, the fifth-ranked amateur in the world, had four bogeys, one double and one birdie as she compiled a second round 77. But, coupled with her opening round of one-under 71, it was good enough to keep her in the championship.
The Woburn player is one of four amateurs to make the cut, alongside a Thai golfer and two Americans. The championship is led at the halfway stage by world number one Yani Tseng.
After the second round, Charley told her Twitter followers “Played bad today but made the cut.” She said she tried to hit too hard under pressure but added: “I know how to smooth things out, take one more club and swing soft!”
English professionals to make the cut were Jodi Ewart on two-under, Karen Stupples on one-over and Melissa Reid on three-over.
Flying start for Charley at Kraft Nabisco
30 March 2012
England’s Charley Hull made a flying start to her first Major when she birdied the first hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California – on her way to a one-under 71 in the opening round.
Charley, who has just been promoted to fifth in the world amateur rankings, is in a share of 18th place and five shots behind the first round leader, Amy Yang.
She’s in top class company, just three shots behind world number one Yani Tseng two behind Paula Creamer – and England’s Jodi Ewart – and one ahead of teenage sensation Lexi Thompson.
After her round, Charley, 16, told the LPGA about her dream start: "I birdied my first ever hole of my first ever major, and that was my first ever pro tournament, so I was pretty chuffed with that.
"It was really good. The next hole I just forgot about it and just carried on playing golf. It just got me up and excited."
The Woburn player explained that she had set out to cope with playing on such a big stage by keeping things simple. "It's hard to take it all in, but I’m just trying to concentrate, not try and do anything different to upset my routine," she said.
Charley’s scorecard looked very neat, with birdies on the first and sixth and a solitary bogey on the fourth. But she later tweeted: “Left so much out there!”
Meanwhile, Charley moved up to fifth when this week’s world amateur golf rankings were announced. It’s her highest ranking so far.
It’s been quite a week for Charley, who was earlier selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, after much controversy. The Ladies Golf Union had originally said that she made herself unavailable for selection by accepting her invitation to the Kraft Nabisco championship, instead of playing in a team trial. But the selectors overturned that decision.
The team was announced while she was in the States and Charley has spoken of her pleasure to the USGA: “I'm overwhelmed. I'm so happy, and I'd like to thank all the selectors. It should be great. We've got a great captain, Teg, so I'm really looking forward to it.
“I'm back on the team now. I was upset, obviously, but now I'm really happy that I'm back in it. Now it's history. I didn't think they were going to change it for me, but I'm glad they did. I can't wait for Nairn.”
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