English Girls U14/U16 Championship: Day two – Consistency the key for Rosie Bee Kim

Rosie Bee Kim fired another super four-under par round of 67 to keep alive her hopes of claiming back-to-back titles in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Championship.

The England girls’ squad player takes a one-shot lead into the final day of action at Formby Ladies’ Golf Club as she looks to become the first player since Lily May Humphreys to win in both age categories.

In the under 14’s section, Walton Heath’s Annabel Peaford (pictured below) continues to lead the way after she added a two-over par round of 73 to an opening tally of 71.

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Kim came out of the blocks firing with four birdies on the front nine. After making the turn at four under par, the Buckinghamshire golfer remained calm and collected to sign off with a round of 67 to move onto eight under par for the tournament.

The 15-year-old believes playing with consistency helped her shoot low around the Merseyside course.

She said: “I’m happy. The birdies came easy on the front nine. The back nine was a bit more of a struggle, but overall, I’m pleased with my score. I played steady golf and it worked in my favour.

“On a course like this, you have to play steady golf. You have to keep the bogeys and double bogeys out of the picture, you can say that about any course, but here especially, as long as you stay out of trouble, I think it’s pretty easy to go low.”

Weather conditions also drastically changed from the opening round as the wind died down and the sun shone across the heathland.

“It definitely made a bigger difference. Approaches were easier, tee shots were easier, so it was definitely an advantage with the weather conditions today,” she added.

Herry Ji (pictured below) also proved there were chances to score well on day two of the competition, as she, like Kim, posted a four under par round of 67 to stay within striking distance of the lead.

A long birdie putt for Ji on 17 was one of the standout moments of round two. As the putt dropped in, she earned a raucous round of applause from spectators watching on which brought a smile to the face of the Burhill golfer.

Dutch golfer Lynn van der Sluijs backed up her opening round total of 68 with a score of 70, whilst Kim’s fellow England girls’ squad member Isla McDonald-O’Brien and Johanna Axelsen from Denmark both shot the second best score of the day, a three under par round of 68 to tie for fourth.

It’s set to be an enthralling final day tomorrow, as ten players sit within ten shots of the lead and with 36-holes to come, anything can happen.

However, Kim remains focused on the task at hand is ready to give it her all in a bid to add the under 16’s trophy to the under 14 accolade she currently holds.

“You never know what’s going to happen, so I’m just going to go out tomorrow and see if I can do it again. Hopefully, I’ll be ready when the time comes.”

Meanwhile, in under 14 age category, things are also starting to heat up. Sophie Clafton and Lauren Crump were the biggest movers on day two after both players produced level par rounds of 71 to apply pressure on overnight leader Peaford.

Peaford carries a two-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round which consists of 18 holes. 21 players made the cut and will battle it out to become English Under 14 Girls’ champion.