Playing partners Emily Price and Emma Spitz share the lead in the English girls’ open U15 championship at Copt Heath, Warwickshire, with rounds of level par 74.
Emily, 14, will make her debut as an England schools’ international next month, while Emma (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the English U13 championship last year by 15 shots.
Today, the girls set off from the 10th tee and had contrasting fortunes during their rounds before ending with the same score: Emma, from Austria, started slowly with two double bogeys in her first three holes; while Emily, from Worcestershire & Herefordshire, was disappointed with her bogey-bogey finish.
But, despite, that, they head a tightly packed leaderboard, with 19 girls within four shots of the lead.
Emily’s father, Kelvin, remarked: “She’s happy with how she played, but disappointed how she finished. She was two under after 15 holes and on the par five in two, but she three-putted and then had two bogeys.
“But it was a solid score and we asked her this morning if she would be happy with level par and she said yes.”
Emma, meanwhile, bounced back from her early doubles, dropping only one more shot in the round and notching up five birdies, including one on her last hole.
The pair are being chased by Surrey’s Martha Lewis, who was runner-up in last year’s U13 championship and is in good form this season, having recently returned her first sub-par round in competition. Today, she scored one-over 75 in a round which included back-to-back birdies on the eighth and the ninth, where she holed a 20-footer.
Martha, who trains with an England Golf regional squad, said: “It was a good first round. I know they say you can’t win it in the first round, but you can lose it
A shot further back is Louise Henningsson of Sweden and two more regional squad players: Yorkshire’s Megan Clarke and Devon’s Chloe Howard. Megan started on the 10th and played her back nine in two-under par, helped by an eagle three on the first.
The lead in the English open U13 championship is held by Italy’s Emilie Paltrinieri, who scored three-over 77 and is one shot ahead of fellow Italian, Carola Caloni.
The home challenge is led by Hertfordshire’s Millie Pratten and Morgan Thomas of Staffordshire, who both scored five-over 79, alongside Spain’s Euphemie Rhodes. Morgan played in yesterday’s final of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers and tied third, missing out on a prize only on countback.
Source: England Golf