For in-form Lily May Humphreys, The Women’s Amateur Championship offers another opportunity for success as the teenager looks to add to her growing CV.
Aged only 17, the English player is making her first ever trip to Northern Ireland for the prestigious championship beaming with confidence.
In May, Humphreys stormed to a six-stroke victory in the Irish Women's Open Stroke Play Championship. Just seven days after securing the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play title at Royal St David’s, the Curtis Cup player closed with a one-under 73 at County Louth to win on 10-under par, well clear of the Netherlands' Romy Meekers. She almost added the English Women’s Amateur title too last month, finishing runner-up.
Humphreys was also fifth at the Italian International Ladies Amateur Championship this year as she continues to make strides in the sport. Now she is relishing the test that awaits over the famous links of Royal County Down.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” said Humphreys, the top-ranked player from Great Britain and Ireland in the field following the withdrawal of Olivia Mehaffey. “I haven’t been to Northern Ireland before so that will be good, while The Women’s Amateur is always a great tournament and a lot of fun.
“I’m tailoring my practice to suit my individual game. That is how I used to practice, but last year I was just generally working on everything and it didn’t work as well.”
Humphreys, who is attached to Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, didn't begin playing golf until 2013. Just a few years later, she won England Golf's Rising Star Award in 2018 after winning five times in 2017.
She claimed the 2017 Girls British Open Amateur Championship at Enville and the 2018 Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship at Royal Troon. She was also a member of the 2018 GBI Curtis Cup Team and has been selected for GB&I for the Vagliano Trophy match at the end of this month.
Also a former winner of the English Women's Amateur Championship, Humphreys enjoyed the thrill of the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship this year.
Ranked at 32nd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ at the close of entries, she added: “It would be amazing to get my name on The Women’s Amateur trophy as there are so many great names on there. Going on to play in three Majors (as champion) would be an incredible experience and I would definitely love another trip to Augusta!
“I haven’t played Royal County Down before so that will be another great course to tick off my bucket list.”
Among the strong international 144-player field, Humphreys is joined by the likes of defending champion, Leonie Harm from Germany, the second highest ranked player competing at 14th in the global rankings.
The highest ranked player teeing up is Alessia Nobilio (Italy), who is 12th in the standings, as the players look forward to savouring one of the leading venues in Irish golf.