Senior Women’s Stroke Play – Day Two: Rees leads and keeps it under her hat

Jane Rees pulled off a neat ‘hat trick’ to keep cool and stay on track for success in the English Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play championship.

In sweltering heat and humidity at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Gloucestershire’s Rees carded a fantastic one-under par round of 69.

A 36-hole total of level par gives the golfer from Minchinhampton a one-shot advantage going into today’s final round.

Once again, the heat was a factor in the scoring, but Rees – thanks to her natty bucket hat – kept cool in the heat of battle.

She said: “I had six bottles of iced liquid in my cool bag and used them all up, either wetting the hat, putting ice under my hat or drinking them.

“I find keeping my head cool is the best way.

“I once played in Madrid in a tournament which was hotter than that.

“But let’s hope the weather is good tomorrow.”

Rees racked up four birdies in her first five holes – after starting round one with three birdies straight off the bat.

“Those holes are a bit shorter than the rest of course – I just hit some good shots into pins,” said Rees as she explained her sprint start on both days.

“I was happy with putting today and kept a three-putt off the card. The driving wasn’t good, but the putting was.”

Hot on the heels of Rees are a number of players with experience of getting over the line.

Kate Evans (pictured above) once again benefitted from local knowledge to shoot an excellent level par round of 70.

The Frilford Heath member showed remarkable consistency with a bogey at 12 and a birdie at 14 going alongside 16 pars.

Defending champion Aileen Greenfield – playing in the same group as Rees on the first two days – is refusing to give up her title without a fight.

At +4, the Pyecombe Golf Club member (pictured below) is tied for third spot with another past winner of this event – 2016 and 2017 champion Jackie Foster.

The top 45 players after 36 holes now advance to the final day’s play and compete for top honours.

In a weather-affected event, Surrey’s Kathleen Lucey claimed the prize as winner of the handicap competition.

The 36-hole event was shortened to 18 holes after thunderstorms moved into Frilford Heath area before the conclusion of round two. Unfortunately, time and light restrictions would not allow for a resumption of play.

Lucey – playing off a handicap of 10 – took the honours with her nett first round score of level par.

Details of all scores from the Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play can be found on the championship homepage.

Photography: Leaderboard