Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lily May snatches halfway lead from England team-mate 
                                              ENGLAND GOLF NEWS RELEASE
Girl international Lily May Humphreys moved two shots ahead in the England U16 open girls’ championship after snatching the halfway lead from England team-mate Amelia Williamson. 
Humphreys (Image © Leaderboard Photography), from Channels in Essex, shot four-under 68 today on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire and is six-under for the championship. 
Meanwhile Williamson, the first round leader from Royal Cromer in Norfolk, went round in level par and remains on four-under. 
The two girls are moving away from the field, with a four shot gap between Williamson and third-placed Maria Corbi of Italy. Another Norfolk player Amy Taylor (Bawburgh) equalled the low score of the day with her 68 which moved her into a share of fourth place on one-over with Anna Zanusso, also of Italy.
Last week Humphreys and Williamson were on the same side, playing for England in the European Young Masters; next week they’ll be on the same side in the Girls’ Home Internationals, targetting England’s ninth successive title.
 But this week they’re playing for themselves and tomorrow’s final 36 holes promises to be a fascinating battle. 
Humphreys, 14, won the 2015 English U14 title last year and has since won the Fairhaven Trophies and was third in last week’s European Young Masters, where the England team also finished third. 
“Last year’s win was a confidence boost and my goal this year is to do my best to win again. I’m playing well at the moment but you can’t guarantee anything in this game,” she said. 
Today, she had six birdies including one on the 11th where she hit her approach to within two inches of the cup. She pushed for another on the par five 18th but her second to the green caught the water. “I hadn’t had a bogey since hole three and I was playing pretty solid so I went for it. It didn’t work out for me this time but it’s not the end of the world.” 
Williamson, 16, has just won the English schools’ championship for the second year in a row, was sixth in the English women’s amateur and had a top 10 finish in the European Young Masters. 
Today, she was two-under after 13 but slipped back to par with two late bogeys. “Nothing would drop for me today,” she said. 
A total of 40 girls made the halfway cut, which fell on 12-over par, and will play tomorrow’s final 36 holes. 

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Lyndsey Hewison
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