Hayley’s 65 puts England on top

Hayley Davis

A superb six-under 65 from Hayley Davis helped England to a double ‘first’ at the European ladies’ team championship at Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Her score helped England lead the qualifiers for the match play stages of the championship by six shots – and Hayley also claimed the honours in the individual table. She finished the 36-hole qualifying on eight-under par, three clear of her closest challengers.

Hayley, 21 (image © Leaderboard Photography), had eight birdies in her 65 – which she compiled despite suffering from stomach cramps. “She just got on with it,” said team captain Elaine Ratcliffe.

The team is used to coping with adversity. On the first day, Bronte Law cut her leg while leaving the ladies’ loo – and went on to shoot three-under. She was level par today and fifth in the individual table.  Gabriella Cowley was a shot behind, on two-under for 36 holes, and shared sixth individual place.

“The girls all played nicely and, although the weather was posed to be horrendous we managed to avoid the thunderstorms and play was completed in normal time,” said Elaine.

“Our girls practised well, executed their shots well and had fun out there. They’re all looking forward to tomorrow.”

England will play Italy in the first round of the match play.

Meanwhile, England’s girls – led by India Clyburn – also qualified comfortably in fourth place in their European team championship in Skalica, Slovakia.

The team will play Sweden tomorrow in the first round of the matchplay and on paper the teams will be evenly matched, having both qualified on eight-over par for the 36 holes of stroke play.

England’s top scorer was Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn who was three-under today, with a blemish-free card of three birdies and 15 pars. She was two-under for the two rounds and tied eighth in the individual table.

Lancashire 14-year-old, Hollie Muse, was tied 10th individually, scoring two-under today and level par for the qualifying.

England coach Scott Godfrey commented: “The team have played really solidly over the first two days. They’ve stuck to their game plans and they’re feeling confident going into their match against Sweden tomorrow.”

Qualifying scores (best five from six count each round)

England ladies’ scores
Par 71
Hayley Davis (Ferndown) 69 65
Bronte Law (Bramhall) 68 71
Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) 69 71
Charlotte Thomas (Singapore) 73 72
Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 73 75
Elizabeth Mallett (Wishaw) 81 72

Leading team scores:
England -7
Sweden -1
Finland +7
France +8
Spain +10
Germany +16
Switzerland +17
Italy +17

England girls’ scores
Par 72
India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 73 69
Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) 74 70
Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 73 73
Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 75 74
Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) 75 76
Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 82 72

Leading team scores:
France -10
Austria Par
Spain +5
England +8
Sweden +8
Germany +13
Italy +19
Netherlands +23