Karen Jobling reckons a cautious form of attack may be the best way to try and deal with the quirks of Market Rasen in the knockout stages of the English Senior Women’s Amateur.
The Richmond golfer carded a level par round of 72 to go with an opening round of 78 and safely secure her passage to the last 32.
Jobling’s tally of six over par for 36 holes means she goes into the match play element of the competition as second seed.
Sheringham’s Tracey Williamson topped the leaderboard after following up an opening round of 72 with a three over par 75.
The early morning rain affected her ability to read the greens and make key putts.
However, the slate is wiped clean for the next phase of the championship with head-to-head matches requiring a new approach.
Jobling is ready to go for her shots in a bid to claim silverware, but is well aware that Market Rasen is not a course to be taken lightly.
It may be a short course, but the Lincolnshire venue, bordering the town’s racetrack, more than makes up for the lack of length with the clever design, small targets and fast-running greens.
Jobling admitted: “You definitely need to position the ball off the tee to give you the right line into the greens.
“It’s a quirky course with lots of quirky holes and I was out of position a few times.
“On one hole, I found myself under a tree and managed to get up and down.
“You try and give yourself a chance for par. It worked.
“I’ll now give it a go. It’s not that you are defensive in stroke play, but in match play it is a different game.
“You attack it more in match play without worrying about the consequences.
“But the wind is swirly and that makes it tough to judge distance on certain holes where the tee is sheltered and the greens are exposed.”
Jobling’s round – the best of the day – was helped by a couple of twos at the 12th and 14th holes.
“If you play the par threes well it helps,” she added.
“I’m very pleased. The aim was to strike the ball better and although I missed a couple of drives, in general, I’m pleased with how I played.”
Williamson (pictured above left with playing partners and former champions Aileen Greenfield and Cath Rawthore) is the form player in the field on the back of her win in the Senior Women’s Stroke Play at Hayling Golf Club earlier this month.
Today, she struggled early on with distance control and reading the damp greens, but two birdies in the final three holes sent her away in better spirits after a three-over par round of 75
The top seed admitted: “The rain this morning meant I was over-borrowing on putts.
“But a birdie, birdie, par finish to the round helped.
“I just need to sharpen up a little for the match play.”
Down at Hayling, Williamson enlisted daughter and England women’s squad member Amelia to act as caddie.
With Amelia playing in an event in Scotland this week, husband Mark is on the bag.
The couple have a clear plan when it comes to the next few days.
“Mark did advise me to start with, but it’s better if I do it,” said Williamson with a smile.
“I was fine on my own on Monday and if you get two people with ideas on club selection doubt can creep in.
“But we do get on!
“I’m quite placid – he’s the fiery one and I know what he’s thinking at times. But that’s golf.”
In the over 60’s section of the championship, Sheree Dove-Wilde from Camberley Heath led the way.
Dove-Wilde heads a field of 16 who now progress to match play stage and challenge for the Ann Howard Trophy.