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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

England Golf News Release

Georgia grabs the lead with superb 65 
Cornwall’s Georgia Price shot to the top of the leaderboard in the English women’s open stroke play championship today with a superb second round score of eight-under 65 at Bristol and  Clifton Golf Club.
She’s seven-under at the halfway stage, with England girl international Emily Price hard on her heels, scoring 67 to get to five-under for the championship. “I’m raring to go for tomorrow,” she said. 
Meanwhile, first round leader Emily Toy – also from Cornwall – is four-under after 36 holes while Cheshire’s Bel Wardle, beaten finalist in the British girls’ championship at Harlech over the weekend, is two-under, and Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn is one-over.  
Georgia Price, from Bude and North Cornwall (pictured top), was bogey free as she put together a round which included six birdies and an eagle. 
“It’s my own record by about three or four shots!” she declared after signing for her best-ever score. 
“I’m feeling a bit shaky, but I feel amazing,” she said, before adding: “There’s still two rounds to go and anything can happen. I’ll just try and channel the same energy into tomorrow.” 
This is the first year that Price has played a full season of national tournaments. She moved with her family to the USA when she was nine and returned in the summer of 2015 after finishing university. “It’s been going well and I’ve absolutely loved it,” she said. “It’s been really good experience.”
Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), pictured below, played in the afternoon and, having seen her namesake’s score on the leaderboard, went out to shoot low. She was a little frustrated to play the front nine in level par, but she stormed home with five birdies – four of them in a row from the 10th; an eagle on the 15th where she drove the green; and just one bogey. 
“I was hitting the fairways and then stiffing it,” she said. “Everything came together, I was striking the ball well, putting good and I was mentally focussed. 
“I didn’t really switch off or lose concentration, just 100% gave it everything and I was really pleased with the result.” 
Emily Toy, from Carlyon Bay, held the first round lead after scoring three-under 70 and today she added one-under 72 – despite a shaky start which she blamed on two ‘awful’ drives for a bogey on three and a double on four.
But she didn’t drop another shot and began to pull her way back with a birdie two on the sixth. She had another birdie on the 15th and then got below par for the round with an eagle on the par five 18th, which she reached with a pair of three-woods.
“It was definitely more of a struggle today, I don’t know why,” said Toy. But looking ahead to tomorrow she added: “I’m happy to be behind, I’m in quite a nice position.” 
She’ll be playing with Bel Wardle (Prestbury) who is on a roll after her performance in the British girls’ championship. “It’s definitely given me the belief that I can compete at the top level,” she said. 
She, too, was inspired by Georgia Price’s score and went out to: “Keep it simple, hit my fairways and greens and take advantage of the short par fives.” She did exactly that with birdies on four of the five long holes as she compiled three-under 70. 
“I’m not far off the lead and anything can happen on the golf course so I’ve just got to keep to my game plan tomorrow,” she added. 
The local Gloucestershire challenge is led by Ebonie Lewis (Knowle) who shares sixth place on two-over par. The host club’s Alex Saunders and Bethan Popel of nearby Long Ashton both squeezed inside the halfway cut which fell at eight-over par 154. A total of 41 players qualified to play the final two rounds tomorrow. 

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Lyndsey Hewison
Press Officer
England Golf
07825 752 193
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