Rose Ladies Series: Fuller pushes winner MacLaren all the way

Samantha Fuller produced a brilliant sub-par round of 71 to turn up the heat on eventual winner and LET star Meg Maclaren in the second event of the Rose Ladies Series.

The 21-year-old amateur’s play was as hot at the blazing Hertfordshire sun as she carded a one under par total around Moor Park Golf Club.

The Surrey golfer – one of only four amateurs in the field –  finished alongside Liz Young in a tie for second place and just two shots back of MacLaren.

Former England Golf graduate MacLaren took top prize with a three under par round of 69 a week after another former star of the amateur game – Charley Hull – emerged triumphant in the series opener at Brokenhurst Manor.

However, the efforts of Fuller (pictured below) forced MacLaren to dig deep for the win as it grew tense on the home stretch.

Fuller – back in England after continuing her studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas – may have started slowly with an opening bogey and another at the third.

But birdies at the second and fifth holes saw her back to even before further birdies at 12 and 14 put her in red figures.

Fuller’s birdie at 14 came as a result of a delicate chip in from the edge of the green and put her firmly on the trail of MacLaren – at one point five under through six – as she wobbled a little on the way home.

MacLaren (lead picture) proved her undoubted class, though, to retain top spot and take the title.

It was a strong show all round from both members of the Fuller family.

With mum Oshi on the bag, the younger of the two sisters, Annabell, fired off three birdies in her round of 73.

Birdies at the fourth, sixth and 13th holes allowed the freshman from the University of Florida (pictured above) to claim a top ten finish and outscore her professional playing partners Becky Brewerton and Charlotte Thompson.

Caley McGinty – like Annabell a member of the England women’s overseas squad for 2020 – got off to a nervous start, but soon settled down in the company of multiple winner on tour and Solheim Cup star Bronte Law.

Birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th holes helped McGinty (pictured above) come home in 34 for a round of 76.

A late addition to the field, Rebecca Earl was playing in her home county of Hertfordshire.

The 2019 English Women’s Open Stroke Play champion (seen below) posted a round of 86.

Once again, the amateurs in the field showed they were not afraid to go head-to-head with their professional counterparts and can take great heart from the day as the series rolls on.

Last week Mimi Rhodes finished in a tie for seventh with Lottie Woad (T26) and Louise Burke (T33) also proving their ability on the bigger stage.

England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate have sponsored the events as women’s golf makes a competitive return.

The next championship will be played on Thursday, 2 July at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.