English Women’s Amateur – Day Two: Top seed Teasdale edges it from Earl and Woad

Abbie Teasdale will head into the match play stages of the English Women’s Amateur as number one seed after being pushed all the way for top spot by Lottie Woad and Rebecca Earl.

Teasdale followed an opening round of 69 at Lindrick with a 75 at Worksop to finish the 36-hole qualifying on -1.

Earl and Woad ended up just a shot adrift of that total on level par.

Earl – the 2019 English Women’s Open Stroke Play champion – has been a model of consistency over the first two days shooting level par both days.

Woad’s championship has been much more of an adventure – an opening five-over par round of 76 at Lindrick was then followed by a sparkling five-under par round at Worksop.

The cut for the knockout stage of the English Women’s Amateur fell at +9 with  32 players now one step closer to glory on Sunday.

For Teasdale, the number one seeding came as a welcome surprise after a day when she wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders.

“I wish I could have done better today, but the main goal was to get into the match play,” she admitted.

“Coming into this week everyone wants to win the stroke play and the match play – that’s still the main goal.

“I tried to play aggressively today so I was going for things, but it didn’t work out in my favour and I left it in the wrong spot.

“The greens are really slopey and leaving it in the wrong spots makes it hard to get up and down.”

Teasdale – playing out of Royal Fremantle – was born in England but moved to Australia 14 years ago. However, with her parents now back living in Manchester she would love to go on and win this week after a two-year spell when she struggled with her game.

“I didn’t like the two years of Covid and lost a lot of passion for the game and didn’t play an event for two years,” she added.

“I feel like that passion is returning.”

For Earl, this week’s solid form augurs well for not only the rest of this championship but also for next week when she will represent England at the Home Internationals in Ireland.

Woad will also be on the plane to Ballyliffin and she’s thrilled that an out of character round on Tuesday was replaced by ‘business as usual’ today.

“Much better than yesterday!” Woad said with a smile.

“I thought this course would play easier having looked at the scores from yesterday.

“I took my chances on the par fives.

“My putting was atrocious yesterday but luckily the putting coach was at Lindrick yesterday (Nick Soto) and I was able to see him after the round and it was much better today.

“I hadn’t played a practice round here this week as I’d been in France at the European Ladies’ Championship.

“I played practice rounds a few months ago, but I thought I needed to hit more putts before my round today because the greens are very slopey.

“I didn’t have a three-put which I’m pleased with.

“It’s all about qualifying in the best position and seeing what happens. I’m playing well and I hope it can continue.”

Another member of the England squad heading to Ireland next week is Rachel Gourley.

The Arcot Hall golfer was out in the third group of the day at Lindrick and was able to post a score and relax and watch as her name climbed the leaderboard and into fifth spot.