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Clews holds one stroke lead at halfway mark

  • Gemma Clews leads the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship on four-under-par
  • Englishwoman leads by one stroke ahead of first round leader Hannah Screen
  • Cut fell at ten-over-par

Gemma Clews shot an excellent second round 69 to edge into the halfway lead at the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at North Berwick today.

Gemma Clews leads the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship on four-under-par
Gemma Clews leads the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship on four-under-par

On a day of intermittent showers, the Delamere Forest member finished on a four-under-par total of 142, one stroke ahead of first round leader, Hannah Screen.

The English pair were followed by Swede Linn Grant - she shot a best-of-the-championship 68 - and Ireland’s Annabel Wilson (70) on one-under-par 145. 

Four birdies on front nine

A member of the England Women’s Team that won the European Championship in Portugal this summer, 22-year-old Clews made her move on the front nine after going out in four-under-par 34.

She birdied the opening two holes, the 4th and the 9th and then strung together nine pars on the inward half. 

“I putted nicely going out,” she said. “All the birdies were from about 20 feet. At the moment, I’m playing golf full-time and I do want to turn professional.”  

A highlight this season for the Cheshire golfer was shooting a course record ten-under-par 65 over the St Andrews New Course on her way to finishing third in the St Rule Trophy. 

“I definitely enjoy playing golf in Scotland,” she admitted. “Overall, it’s been a good steady season.” 

Screen switches putter

Screen followed her opening 71 with a 72. She made a brave decision to switch putter after the opening round - and is hoping it will pay dividends over the final day’s 36 holes.

“I was pulling everything left with the old one,” explained the Berkhamsted 18-year-old. “I went into the Professional’s shop here last night and saw an Odyssey centre shaft model that I have been wanting for ages. 

“I’ve been in another five shops and never found one so I had to get it. I practised with it last night and felt very comfortable. Today I holed out well but none of the 15 or 20 footers dropped. But they were close and it still felt good so I’m definitely going to use it again tomorrow. Hopefully a few will start to go in.” 

Defending champion slips back

Sophie Lamb, the defending champion from Clitheroe, had a 75 for a two-over-par total of 148. She birdied the 2nd and the 11th but dropped four shots to slip just outside the top ten. 

Hannah McCook was the leading home player, a second round 72 lifting the Scot into joint sixth on one-over-par. 

The Grantown-On-Spey golfer combines her sport with a part-time job as a housekeeper at Glenmore Lodge, an outdoor centre on the edge of the Cairngorms. 

“It is run by sportscotland and they are very good at giving me time off when I need it,” said the Stirling University graduate who is still deciding on whether she is going to make golf her career. 

Team trophy 

Clews and Lamb already have their hands on one trophy this week. Along with Lianna Bailey they helped England win the 36-hole team event. 

The cut fell on ten-over-par.

For results and scoring please visit the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship page here.