Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bronte Law leads by 10 in English women’s amateur
Defending champion Bronte Law stretched her lead to 10 shots in the English women’s amateur at Hunstanton, Norfolk, after shooting a second round 69. 
The world number three (Image © Leaderboard Photography) from Bramhall, Cheshire, is 12-under par at the half way stage of the championship, having added today’s three-under score to the superb 63 she returned in the first round. 
It wasn’t easy, she conceded, to follow-up on her nine-under par score. 
 “It was important to me to back up on yesterday’s score and shoot under 70 again,” she said after completing her round, which was played in the worst of the early wet and windy conditions. 
“There’s a lot of expectation, not only from myself, but also from other people. I just had to forget about it and go out and play the course for its conditions today. It was a matter of putting it in perspective, appreciating yesterday for what it was and going out for today’s round.” 
She had a couple of poor drives on 10 and 11, which both resulted in bogeys, but otherwise her play was from the same top drawer as yesterday. 
“I hit it close on a lot of holes and if they had dropped it would have been something like yesterday,” said the 20-year-old. As it was she had six birdies in her round, alongside three bogeys. 
The rest of the field is inevitably chasing – and enjoying it, as far as girl international Lizzie Prior (Burhill) is concerned. 
She is in a group of four players who currently share second place, alongside international Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), former women’s mid-amateur champion Sammie Giles (St Mellion) and girl international Sammy Fuller (Roehampton). 
Prior, who scored two-under 70, said: “It’s nice to be chasing someone and, when they are that far ahead, it’s really good to try and get it back as much as you can. I’m enjoying it.” 
She added: “You have to keep it in play but you can definitely do a score out there.” 
Hewson played good, steady, golf today, although she’d have liked to sink some more putts, but Giles had to overcome an early setback when she had a double bogey seven on the second. “I actually played better today apart from one really awful hole where I went in two bunkers and a water hazard, which was a bit annoying. But apart from that I hit the ball nicely and played well.”   
Fuller, who scored 66 in the first round, slipped back into a tie for second place with her score of 76. She started by holing a 35-footer for birdie on the first but after that the putts refused to drop.
Among the other players at the top of the leaderboard are Harriet Allsebrook (Shifnal), a past English U15 girls’ champion, and Yorkshire’s Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall), who are both one-under, having both scored 71 72. 
After today’s second round the field was cut to the top 32 players and ties who play tomorrow’s final 36 holes.
 A total of 34 players qualified including two Norfolk 15-year-olds. Jasmine Campbell (Royal Norwich 79, 72) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, 77, 74) made the cut on the mark with scores of 151, seven-over par.  

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Lyndsey Hewison

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