England’s challenge in the Spanish women’s amateur championship at El Valle ended in the second matchplay round when teenagers Charley Hull and Gabriella Cowley bowed out.
The pair, both aged 15, had successfully beaten their first round opponents to earn a place in the last 16.
Charley Hull, the number two seed from Woburn, beat Jessica Vasilic of Sweden 5/3 before losing 3/1 to Finland’s Emily Pentilla.
Gabriella Cowley, (pictured) the English U15 champion from West Essex, scored a 2up win over Spain’s Clara Baena, but was then beaten 2/1 by Celine Boutier of France.
Earlier in the day, two other English players lost their first round matches. Holly Clyburn of Woodhall Spa was defeated 3/2 by Ana Sanjuan of Spain. Her fellow Lincolnshire colleague, Emilee Taylor of Holme Hall, lost to Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell 3/1. The Scot, who went on to win her second round match, and Chloe Williams of Wales are the remaining GB&I players in the last eight of the championship.
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England quartet head into Spanish matchplay
A quartet of English golfers, led by teenager Charley Hull, have qualified for the matchplay stages of the Spanish amateur championship at El Valle.
The 15-year-old from Woburn is joined in the knockout by Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall).
Charley, the world number eight, qualified in second place on five-under par after returning scores of 68 and 69. Holly claimed eighth place with a one-under par total for the 36-hole qualifying, scoring 71, 70.
Gabriella (74, 72) and Emilee (73, 73) had the same total of 146 but Gabriella went through in 21st place by virtue of her better second round. Emilee was ranked 22nd.
The leading 32 players qualified for the matchplay stages and four other English golfers missed the cut. They were: 151 Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) 78, 73; 152 Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 74 78; 154 Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) 80 74; and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 79 75. The cut fell on 148.
In tomorrow’s first knockout round Holly Clyburn plays Ana Sanjuan (Spain), Gabriella Cowley plays Clara Baena (Spain), Emilee Taylor plays Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) and Charley Hull plays Jessica Vasilic of Sweden.
Charley Hull leads for England at Spanish championship
England’s Charley Hull is two shots off the lead in the Spanish women’s championship at El Valle after shooting three-under par 68 in the first round.
The 15-year-old from Woburn also moved up to eighth in the world when the latest amateur rankings were announced during the day.
Charley had five birdies in her round and two bogeys, one on each half. Her score puts her in fourth place and two shots behind the leader, Natalia Martinez of Spain.
Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) is also well up the leaderboard, sharing 13th place after returning a level par round of 71. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) joins them as the third member of England’s Nations Cup team but fared less well with a score of 79.
Meanwhile, Lincolnshire’s Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall) shot 73, followed a stroke behind by English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and another Lincolnshire player Jess Wilcox (Blankney). All three are currently inside the top 30 and on track to make tomorrow’s cut. After the second day’s play the top 32 players will go forward to the matchplay stages of the championship.
Two other English players are in the field: Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) who shot 78 and Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) who returned 80.