Day one round-up:
Denmark’s Amalie Leth-Nissen holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset.
The 14-year-old, from Hjortespring Golf Club, who reached the quarter-finals of the recent Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down, carded seven birdies in an opening six-under par 66 to finish the day two shots ahead of Sweden’s Linn Grant, Italians Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Virginia Elena Carta and Jana Melichova from the Czech Republic.
It was former Helen Holm Scottish Open champion and World No. 11 Grant who beat the Danish player in the last eight in Northern Ireland before bowing out to the eventual champion Emily Toy the following morning. Paltrinieri won this year’s Allianz German Girls’ Championship while Melichova is the reigning Czech women’s champion.
The hot conditions produced a rash of good scores with Marta Perez Sanmartin, Marie Lund-Hansen, Lois Lau, Annabell Fuller, Kirsten Rudgeley, Gile Bite Starkute and Krista Junkkari all shooting three-under par rounds of 69 and another large group comprising all Emma Spitz, Amelia Williamson, Lily May Humphreys, Caterina Don, Chloe Salort and Xiaolin Tian tied in thirteenth place on 70.
Day two round-up:
Finland’s Krista Junkkari’s fine run of form continued when she moved into a one-shot lead at the half-way stage of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset.
Junkkari won last week’s Finnish Stroke Play Championship at Vaasan Golf and she revelled in the sunshine at Parkstone adding a four-under par 68 to her opening 69 to lead the field on seven-under par 137.
The Finn’s nearest challenger is Caterina Don, the runner-up in this year’s Italian Ladies’ Match Play, who is on 138 after replicated Junkkari’s second round score while her compatriot Virginia Elena Carta, Norway’s Amalie Leth-Nissen and Gile Bite Starkute from Lithuania are all tied third on 139. Leth-Nissen led the field with a 66 in the first round but needed seven shots more in the second.
Scotland’s Hannah Darling, from Broomieknowe, the winner of this year’s Scottish Girls’ Open Stroke play title, was another player who made a significant move up the leaderboard, carding a three-under par 69 to climb up to a tie for sixth place alongside Italy’s Alessandra Fanali, Italy’s Xiaolin Tian and Jana Melichova from the Czech Republic
The leading English player is Euphemie Rhodes who carded a 69 to share 10th place alongside Italy’s Allessia Nobilio, Sweden’s Linn Grant and Spain’s Marta Perez Sanmartin on two under par 142.
Alice Hewson, Amelia Williamson and Annabell Fuller are all one-shot further back in the large group tied for 14th place.
Day three round-up:
Scotland’s Hannah Darling holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone in Dorset
The 16-year-old from Broomieknowe, who won the inaugural Girls’ Under 16 Open last year at Fulford, carded a third round four-under par 68 to post a total of eight-under par 208 and go into the last day two shots ahead of France’s Chloe Salort, England’s Kirsten Rudgeley and Lithuania’s Gile Bite Starkute.
Salort and Rudgeley were among the big movers during the third round with the former shooting a five under par 67 to move up 23 places on the leaderboard and the latter posting a 68 to jump up from a share of 21st place at the halfway stage. Starkute returned a 72.
It was also a good day for England’s Annabell Fuller who shot a two-under par 70 to climb into a share of fifth place alongside Italy’s Caterina Don, Finland’s Krista Junkkara and Jana Melichova from the Czech Republic on four under par 212.
Norway’s Dorthea Forbrigd and Denmark’s Karen Fredgaard both carded rounds of 68 to share ninth place with Italy’s Virginia Bossi, Switzerland’s Priscilla Schmid, France’s Candice Mahe and Denmark’s Sofie Kibsgaard Nielson on three under par 213. Kibsgaard Nielsen shot one-under par 71 in each of the first three rounds.
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