English Girls’ Stroke Play: Squad players set for Sandy Lodge

England squad members Ellie Gower, Rachel Gourley and Lottie Woad are among the leading contenders aiming to end a curtailed championship season on a high.

The 72-hole English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship will take place from tomorrow at Sandy Lodge Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

All three girls have made the most of a reduced summer of competition by playing in the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa Golf Club and the English Women’s Stroke Play at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.

Surrey golfer Woad, in particular, has returned some impressive results.

The 16-year-old from Farnham Golf Club – a member of the England girls’ squad along with Gourley – qualified third in the stroke play at the English Women’s Amateur before losing out to eventual finalist Lily May Humphreys at the 20th hole in the quarter-finals.

A tie for 14th last week confirmed that Woad’s form remains good going into the final England Golf event of the season.

Gower – involved in the England women’s overseas squad – will be playing before returning to America to continue her studies in Colorado. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Gourley (pictured below) continues to make solid progress in both women’s and girls’ events.

Last year, Germany’s Marie Bechtold won the title by one shot from England’s Caitlin Whitehead at Gog Magog Golf Club.

Anna Molloy and Eleanor Farwell will be hoping that local knowledge on their home course pays dividends – the Sandy Lodge members taking their place in a field of 132.

Golfers will play 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday before a cut is made and the top 40 players and ties progress to the final 36 holes which will be completed on Thursday.

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