Annabell Fuller turned in a stellar performance to shoot a four-under par round of 68 and join three others in a tie at the top of the leaderboard at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play.
Fuller is joined by England team-mates Caley McGinty, Amelia Jane Williamson and first round trailblazer Emma Allen on -5 ahead of the final 36 holes which will be played tomorrow.
The weather split the field in two – relentless morning rain at Burnham and Berrow clearing up for the afternoon groups who still had to deal with a stiff wind.
“It was a lot trickier than yesterday,” said Fuller, “but I manged to get it round well.”
“I knew I needed to pick up a couple of good shots in the beginning and get a couple under par because the back nine was going to be tricky all in to wind.”
Studying at the University of Florida, Fuller is used to slightly different conditions to those she faced today.
“Out in America it’s all target golf. It’s aiming at the flag, pulling off the shot and not having to incorporate too much. Here you’ve got to factor in the wind and the slopes, even the rain!,” said Fuller
The England international was in high praise of her playing partners, “I’m good friends with both Emily (Price) and Lily (May Humphreys) so the last two rounds have been so much fun, also they’re great golfers.
“It helped to see their shots, it gives you more images and visualisations of how to play your own.”
Fuller has been in good form recently, finishing second place in the Swiss Ladies International and breaking the course record in the process.
“I was hitting it good and putting well, I know that if I can put it all together maybe this one might be my week!”
It promises to be a thrilling final day’s play with 15 players within six shots of the lead.
Joint leaders McGinty and Williamson fired rounds of 71 while overnight leader Allen’s 75 was in contrast to her opening day 64 but keeps her firmly in the hunt for top spot.
One player who managed to post a good score from the morning groups despite the downpours was England girls’ squad player, Lottie Woad. Her two-over par round was to be admired given the conditions.
“It was really difficult out there with the wind and rain this morning, I definitely had to change my approach.
“I was hitting my driver more, but it wasn’t going anywhere. I think I went through about eight towels and gloves!
“The rain stopped and the sun came out just as I was walking up to the eighteenth green – which is typical!
“I don’t think I’ve ever played in conditions that bad,” Woad added.
A total of 41 players made the cut which came at six over par with two rounds being played on Thursday to decide the champion.