Cornwall golfers Emily Toy and Megan Giles set today’s first round pace in the English Women’s Amateur Championship with scores of two-under 70 on the West course at Saunton, Devon.
Toy, an England international from Carlyon Bay (pictured), and Giles, the Cornwall women’s champion from St Mellion, head a high-quality leaderboard.
Snapping at their heels on one-under are the internationals Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex), who has recently won Welsh and Irish stroke play titles.
Sixteen-year-old Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland) was also on fine form with her level par round, which included a birdie and an eagle in the first three holes.
Among the other players making a strong challenge are the Yorkshire pair of internationals Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield) on two-over and Nicola Slater (Lindrick), the 2018 English Women’s Open Match Play Champion. Slater is one of four players on three-over, who also include Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) the runaway winner of the recent U18 Fairhaven Trophies.
Defending champion Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford, Essex) struggled over the opening holes today and was five-over after five, But she recovered to play the remaining holes in level par and, in a share of 20th place, is comfortably on course for the match play.
This year’s championship is reverting to its original format of two rounds of stroke play, followed by match play to determine the winner. After tomorrow’s second round the leading 32 players will go forward to the knock out.
The start of this morning’s play was delayed for 20 minutes by fog.
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