Cheshire women in mix in English championship

CHESHIRE players Gemma Clews and Bronte Law were in the frame after the first round of the English women’s amateur championship at St Edodoc in Cornwall.



International Inci Mehmet was  one shot clear of Gemma and Charlotte, West of Buckinghamshire. A further stroke behind is a group of three players: defending champion Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall, last year’s runner-up Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire, and Curtis Cup player Bronte.

Players hunting for balls in the rough was a common sight during the day – but there were also plenty of spectacular shots to please the spectators.

Gemma holed a seven-iron from 160 yards for an eagle two on the 12th. It was, she said, “the first time I’ve holed a full shot in competition.”

She described the course as: “Really hard. It’s playing quite long and there are some difficult pin positions and it’s links golf, you can hit good shots and get bad bounces. But I just kept it in play and if you do that you’re fine. I hit one bad tee shot – but I found it!”
Bronte Law transformed her round with a birdie run and returned a two-over 73. “I started off horrendously,” she said. “I went out of bounds on the fourth and then had two three-putts and I was five over through six – then I had four birdies in five holes.”

After today’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 32 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes on Thursday.


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