Girl international Lily May Humphreys finished six shots ahead of the mixed field at the North of England U16 stroke play championship at to claim her third title of the year.
Humphreys, who was 15-under par at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire, also became the first girl to win U16 and U14 trophies in the same year – and she equalled the course record with her second round of seven-under 67.
The 14-year-old, from Channels in Essex, adds these titles to her earlier wins in the Fairhaven Trophies and the English girls’ U16 open championship. “It’s my best season and I couldn’t really have made it any better,” she said.
She added: “It was good to beat all the boys! I was really happy to do that.” There were three girls among the first five players and their strong performance was highlighted by the fact that, for the first time, the final group on the last day was made up of two girls and one boy.
Humphreys finished with a total of 281 and was followed in the scoring by her two playing partners on 287: Will Hopkins (Belton Park) was the U16 boys’ winner on one-under par on the boys’ card, and fellow international Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) was girls’ runner-up, scoring nine-under par on the girls’ card.
Next were Luke Bartram (Rossendale) who was runner-up in the U16 boys’ event on 291 (+3), and Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) who was third in the girls’ event on 293 (-3). Meanwhile Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog) won the U14 boys’ title on 299. All six players are member of England Golf squads.
Humphreys’ overall score was her lowest yet over four rounds, and her bogey-free 67 was a personal best. “I really wanted to go low and that made me very happy,” said Humphreys. The course record was previously set by another Essex player, Gabriella Cowley.
“I played really well,” said Humphreys. “Before I went I had a little trouble off the tee but I sorted it out, luckily, and drove the ball well. That helped me because my approach play was really good and gave me the opportunity to get the ball close for my birdies.”
Humphreys, Williamson, Screen and Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) made up an England Golf team which beat Switzerland in an U16 international on the day before the championship began. Humphreys, who rates Pannal as one of her favourite courses, commented: “I played really well in the match so I went into the tournament with a good feeling.”
It is anticipated that her first round score of five-under the CSS will qualify her for the final of the Daily Telegraph BMW junior championship in Portugal in November.
Caption: Top, an England one-two-three in the girls’ event. Lily May Humphreys, (centre) with runner-up Amelia Williamson (right) and third-placed Hannah Screen.
(Image courtesy Nik Screen).