Final Day round-up:
Rebecca Earl closed with a one over par 73 to claim the first international title of her career at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ipswich Golf Club.
The 19-year-old from Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire bogeyed the last and faced an anxious wait to see if Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham could catch her but in the end her two-under par total of 286 proved to be enough to give her a one-shot victory over Belsham, Stoke by Nayland’s Lily May Humphreys, Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and Sharna Dutrieux from Wrotham Heath.
Humphreys made a late charge in a bid to add to the Welsh and Irish Women’s Stroke Play titles she won earlier in the season but in the end a birdie at the last for a 68 was not quite enough.
Scottish international McWilliam also moved up the field with four birdies in the opening 15 holes of her final round but a bogey at the last meant she had to settle for a 69 which left her one shot short.
Dutrieux made her move in the morning with a 69 and she looked as if she would maintain her run when she fired five birdies in seven holes from the fifth but four dropped shots over the closing stretch saw her also come up one shot short in the group in second place.
Belsham knew she needed to birdie the last to take Earl into extra time but it was not to be and her 74 also saw her finish in the group on one under par 287.
On a day when several of the more experienced competitors made a move up the leaderboard Prestbury’s Bel Wardle was seven under par for her first 16 holes but bogeys at the 17th and 18th saw post a 67 and drop her into a share of sixth place alongside Darcey Harry from Wales two shots behind the winner. Harry had led the field by one shot after a third round 68 but a closing 76 dropped her out of contention.
Austrian defending champion Isabella Hoplfer closed with a one under par 71 to finish eighth on 289.
Day two round-up:
English international Rosie Belsham will take a two-shot lead into the final day of the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ipswich Golf Club in Suffolk.
The 17-year-old, from Whitley Bay in Northumberland, added a 70 to her opening round of 69 to post a five-under par total of 139 with two more rounds still to be played on the final day.
Belsham’s nearest challengers are Italy’s Maeve Isabella Rossi and England’s Rebecca Earl. Rossi carded seven birdies in a three-under par 69 to move five places up the leaderboard while Earl, from Bishops Stortford, posted a one under par 71.
It was not quite such a good day for first round leader Emily Slater, from Gog Magog. She held a slender one-shot lead after an opening 68 but a 74 saw her drop to fourth place three-shots behind the leader.
Welsh trio, Darcey Harry, Ffion Tynan and Carys Worby, are all handily-placed on level par 144, as is Anglo-Scot Penelope Brown, from Worthing, who is one shot further behind after a second round 71.
Austrian defending champion, Isabella Holpfer, is also still in the mix after improving on her opening 74 by two shots. The 17-year-old, who was runner-up to Slovenia’s Pia Babik at last week’s Girls’ Amateur Championship, goes into the final two rounds tied alongside England’s Bel Wardle, Lily May Humphreys, Sharna Dutrieux, Harriet Lynch and Emily Brennan on two-over par 146.
Day one round-up:
Emily Slater holds a slender lead after the opening round of the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ipswich Golf Club in Suffolk.
Slater, from Gog Magog in Cambridge, fired five birdies in a four under par 68 to finish the day one shot ahead of England girls’ squad member Rosie Belsham from Whitley Bay and two in front of Bishop Stortford’s Rebecca Earl.
Two other English players, Emily Brennan, from Bristol and Clifton, and Harriet Lynch, from Thorndon Park, shared fourth place with Wales’ Carys Worby on one under par 71.
This year’s Irish and Welsh Open Stroke Play champion Lily May Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland, made a solid start to her bid to complete an international treble by posting a level par 72 to finish the day in a tie for seventh place alongside compatriots Martha Lewis, Sharna Dutrieux and Caitlin Whitehead, Italy’s Maeve Isabella Rossi, Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and Ffion Tynan from Wales.
Austria’s Isabella Holpfer opened the defence of her title with a two-over par 74 which saw her finish the round in the group tied for 17th place six shots behind the leader. The 18-year-old arrived in Ipswich straight from finishing runner-up to Slovenia’s Pia Babnik in the Girls’ Amateur Championship at Panmure in Scotland. It was the second year in succession she had been losing finalist in that event.
The full field play a second round and then there is a cut with the leading 40 players and those tied for 40th place progressing to the final 36 holes on the third day.
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