KirkwoodGolf: Lily May Humphreys goes four clear at Junior Orange Bowl championship

Friday, December 29, 2017

Lily May Humphreys goes four clear at Junior Orange Bowl championship

Lily May Humphreys opened a four-shot gap at the top of the girls’ division of the Junior Orange Bowl International girls competition , carding a bogey-free 67 on Thursday to pull away from a crowd of pursuers.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now,” the English 15-year-old women's champion said after just her sixth competitive round on U.S. soil (she finished joint fourth in last week's Dizie Women's Amateur).
 “The thing I’ve just been struggling with is the different kind of grass you have here. … I think I’m getting the hang of it now.”

Humphreys’ second round was a stark contrast to her first, when she countered four bogeys with four birdies and an eagle. Thursday saw no bogeys, completing 36 holes at 6-under 136.
“I kind of found my way around on what I had to do to help myself,” said the English teen, who owns five wins in Europe this year and made her U.S. debut by placing joint fourth at the Dixie Women’s Amateur.

She broke a long string of pars when she striped a 7-iron within 4 feet for birdie at No.13. She followed with a 15-foot birdie at No.14 and added one from similar length at the 15th.

Mexico’s Cory Lopez (69) and Japan’s Goto Miyu (68) stood tied for second at 2-under 140, with Puerto Rico’s Valeria Pacheco (67) another shot back.
Like Humphreys, Lopez spent her front nine spinning her wheels before the birdie putts started to fall after the turn.
“They were well-struck; they just didn’t go in,” she said. “Then they just started going in.”
A short birdie at No.11 broke the drought, adding birdies on both back-nine par-5s to move into contention.


For full report go to Scottish Golf View Website 

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