Day two round-up:
France’s Joseph Linel extended his lead after the second day of the English Boys’ Under 14 Open Stroke Play Championship at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire.
The Frenchman was four shots clear of the field after an opening six-under par 66 and he extended the lead to five with a battling two-under par 70 which included his third eagle in two days at the par-5 14th hole. That got him back to level par for the round and he went on to card birdies at the 15th and the 18th to extend his advantage going into the final 18 holes.
Linel’s nearest challenger for the Reid Trophy is Doncaster’s Joshua Berry who added a three-under par 69 to his opening 72 to claim second place on three-under par 141 while Prestbury’s Frank Kennedy secured third place on one-under par 141 with a level par 72.
Jamie Burchell from Golf at Goodwood fired a 69 to climb 23 places into a tie for fourth place alongside Huddersfield’s Dylan Shaw-Radford and Junior Dobson and Harry Mallin who are both members of the host club.
Defending champion Hugh Adams from Hagley Golf Club improved on his opening 74 by three shots to move up into a tied for eighth place with Italians Luca Memeo and Riccardo Tosi on one-over par 145.
Day one round-up:
France’s Joseph Linel stormed into a four-shot lead after shooting a six-under par 66 in strong winds on the opening day of the English Boys’ Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire.
Linel began his quest to win the Reid Trophy by carding an eagle and three birdies in an opening half of 31 and then after dropping a shot on the 10th went on to fire seven successive pars before completing his round with another eagle on the long 18th.
The Frenchman’s nearest challengers on a day when competitors also had to contend with a series of sharp showers were Lev Grinberg from the Ukraine and Germany’s Moritz Walz who both carded two-under par rounds of 70. Grinberg finished his round with two consecutive birdies while Walz dropped a shot on the last.
The only other player under par for the day was Prestbury’s Frank Kennedy who closed with two birdies over his last three holes to post a 71 and go into the second round one shot ahead of a large group in a share of fifth place comprising Portugal’s Pedro Freitas, Italy’s Lorenzo Lombardozzi, Spain’s Kostka Horno Mateo and English duo Joshua Berry and Freddie McKenna.
Hugh Adams from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire made a mixed start to his bid to become the first player to win the Reid Trophy two years in a row. The 15-year-old shot two birdies and four bogeys in an opening 74 that left him in a share of 19th place eight shots adrift of Linel.