England Golf’s finest once again showed their calibre with Mimi Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys both finishing just a single shot shy of top spot at the latest Rose Ladies Series event.
The England women’s squad players were the only two amateurs competing alongside 45 top pros at the Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire.
However, their ability to go toe-to-toe with some of the best professionals on the Ladies’ European Tour was once again proven with both women pushing hard for victory and only narrowly falling short in their mission.
In the end, both Rhodes and Humphreys carded level par rounds of 72 to finish with four others in a tie for second.
Georgia Hall was able to claim top spot with a one under par round of 71 – the only competitor in the field to break par on a tough day for scoring.
Hall’s deserved victory apart, the undoubted highlights of the day involved the performances of the amateur duo – both still just 18 years old.
Rhodes admitted nerves before her first appearance in the Rose Ladies Series at Brokenhurst Manor last month, but evidently the teenager has the game and the mentality to cope under pressure.
Despite bogeying the first hole, the member from Burnham and Berrow Golf Club (pictured below) hit back with birdies at the fifth and 11th holes.
The setback of a dropped shot at the 12th was soon mended with a neat two at the par three, 14th hole.
At that stage, Rhodes and Humphreys were both tied for a share of the lead with former Women’s British Open winner and ex-England Golf international Hall.
A further bogey at the 15th halted Rhodes’ momentum slightly, but the 18-year-old was able to par her way home and fall agonisingly just short of a play-off.
Clearly, Humphreys also feels at ease in among the elite golfers from the LET.
The Curtis Cup player finished in a tie for fourth spot in her previous outing in this series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club and was once again threatening the top of the leaderboard in Berkshire.
A bogey at the opening hole was clawed back with a birdie at the par five 11th. The 13th proved unlucky for the Essex golfer, but another birdie at 17 allowed the England international to finish with a level par round of 72.
The performance from Humphreys, a member at Stoke by Nayland, is the perfect preparation for her tilt at the English Women’s Amateur Championship.
Humphreys (pictured above) won the event in 2017 and lost at the first play-off hole to Ellen Hume in the final last year. Her form going into next week makes her one of the favourites for the 2020 championship.
Rhodes, though, is sure to prove a formidable opponent for all her rivals if her form of the summer continues into a big week at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.
Next week’s Rose Ladies Series event takes place at The Shire Club as the tournaments hosted by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate edge towards the three-stage finals in August
Full scoring from today’s play available here