Day three round-up:
Germany’s Marie Bechtold (pictured above) followed in the footsteps of compatriot Celina Sattelkau when she won the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.
Sattelkau became the first overseas winner of the championship 12 months ago at East Devon and now Bechtold has repeated that feat but only after withstanding a late charge from English International Caitlin Whitehead.
Bechtold was seven shots clear of Whitehead after opening rounds of 71, 71 and 68 but in the end needed a birdie on the penultimate hole to regain the lead before going on to par the last to card a 73 and finish one shot ahead of her English rival on five-under par 283.
Whitehead, from Carus Green in Cumbria, had looked out of contention heading into the final 18 holes on one under par but three successive birdies from the 11th followed by a further birdie on the final hole gave her a 67 and brought her to the brink of battling her way into an unlikely play-off.
It was also a superb last day for Whitehead’s international colleague Jessica Baker, from Gosforth Park Ladies, who opened with rounds of 81 and 72 to squeeze through the cut by two shots but then fired two successive six-under par 66s to storm up into a share of third place with Germany’s Chiara Horder and France’s Pyrene Delample on three-under par 285.
Further down the leaderboard, English first round leader Charlotte Heath closed with a one-under par 71 to finish sixth on one-over par 289 while a 71 from last year’s runner-up, Kirsten Rudgeley from Australia, saw her claim a share of seventh place with Ffion Tynan from Wales two shots further back.
Day two round-up:
France’s Pyrene Delample and Germany’s Marie Bechtold hold a slender one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.
Both girls carded second round scores of 71 to be tied on two-under par 142 one shot ahead of Carys Worby from Wales and English first round leader Charlotte Heath. Worby added a 72 to her opening 71 but Heath dropped a couple of places after posting a 75.
There is a distinctly foreign hue to the leaderboard heading into the final two rounds to be played tomorrow. Austria’s Anna Neumayer shot a second successive 72 to share fifth place with Germany’s Maya Obermueller on level-par 144 while Australia’s Trinity Francis returned a 70 to move into a tie for seventh place alongside compatriot Kirsten Rudgeley, England’s Jessica Adams and Germany’s Chiara Horder on 145.
Two other Germans are also well-placed to emulate their compatriot Celina Sattelkau, who won the championship last year at East Devon, because after two rounds Julia Ley and Charlotte Back are sharing 11th place with England’s Caitlin Whitehead on 146.
Day one round-up:
English international Charlotte Heath holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge.
Heath, from Huddersfield Golf Club, who represented her country at the recent European Girls’ Team Championship, raced to the turn in four-under par 32 and then came home in level par 36 to post a 68.
Her nearest challengers are German duo Maya Obermueller and Chiara Horder, who share second place on 70. There are both attempting to emulate their compatriot, Celina Sattelkau, who became the first overseas winner of this championship 12 months ago at East Devon Golf Club.
It proved to be a good day for the large German contingent because Marie Bechtold goes into the second round in a share of fourth place alongside English international Caitlin Whitehead, France’s Pyrene Delample, Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Carys Worby from Wales on one-under par 71.
The full field plays the second round before the leading 40 competitors, and those tied for 40th place, play a further 36 holes on Thursday.
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