English Girls’ Championship: Day Two – Gardner in pole position ahead of exciting final day

Overnight leader Rebekah Gardner maintained her presence at the top of the 2022 English Girls’ Championship standings after backing up an impressive opening round of 67 with a second round total of 71 at The Wilmslow Golf Club.

The Ireland international moves onto six-under par for the tournament after another terrific display which included a superb eagle on the seventh hole.

Sophia Fullbrook (pictured below) was also all smiles after an electric five-under par round of 67 took her to within one shot of the lead.

The Melbourne golfer fired six birdies and dropped just one shot on her way to posting the best score of the day around the Cheshire course.

She goes two shots clear of Gemma Burgess and Sophie Anand in third.

Burgess, playing out of North Hants, had another solid day to remain three under par for the tournament, whilst Anand from The Bahamas made the jump from one under par to join her on the same score.

Boyce Hill’s Ciara Rushmer and England girls’ squad player Ellise Rymer also remain in the mix, two shots further back on one under par.

With two rounds still to go, it’s all to play for on Thursday, but out in front and hoping to keep hold of her advantage is Gardner.

“I’m really happy,” she confirmed.

“I started off with a couple of pars. I was level through the front nine. On the back nine, I hit a few not so great shots, but thankfully a few chip shots saved me there and I had an eagle on the seventh which is always nice!”

After a temperature drop-off overnight, conditions initially looked to be more manageable, but an increase in wind speed presented another stern test for the golfers to navigate.

Gardner added: “It was a lot tougher today with the wind and the temperatures were definitely a lot cooler.

“Some holes were playing completely different to yesterday. The par 3’s especially were playing a lot longer.”

Gardner piloted the blustery conditions well and after shooting a five under par round yesterday, felt confident to repeat her success on day two despite the ever changing British weather.

“I’ve been playing well lately, and I was confident coming into this week.

“It will [tomorrow] be a long day, it’s a marathon really, but I just have to stick to my game plan and take one shot at a time and we’ll see what happens.

“I need to keep playing the way I’m playing and try and hit as many fairways as possible. Holing some putts might be nice too!”

Elsewhere, another England girls’ squad member, Amelia Wan, also had a strong showing on day two equalling the second best total of the day, a two under par round of 70 to make the cut which fell at ten over par.

There was also a special moment for Ellie Burdis (pictured below) who had a hole-in-one on the 14th – the fourth of her career.

It promises to be a thrilling final day tomorrow, as 36-holes will decide who is crowned the 2022 English Girls’ champion.

Day two leaderboard