Jackie Foster shot the best score of the day to join Catherine Rawthore as the joint leader with a round to play in The R&A Women’s Senior Amateur at Ashridge Golf Club.
Foster, from Bishops Stortford, has played the course many times and the local knowledge paid dividends with a steady one-over-par 74 for a four-over 36 hole total.
Rawthore, after an opening 73, had an up and down 77 but also finished on 150 to maintain her hopes of adding to a victory in the same Championship at Royal Dornoch back in 2014.
Foster switches from hockey to golf
In a solid round in testing, breezy conditions, Foster, who opened with a 76, dropped shots at the 8th and 11th and made her solitary birdied with a 15 foot putt at the 12th.
A talented hockey player in her younger days, she switched to more serious golf around 20 years ago and has made her mark with a couple of victories in the English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship. She has also impressed in this championship, finishing fourth at a wild, wet and windy Crail three years ago.
Foster said, “I did play golf as a youngster but then changed to hockey. Today was nice and steady and I am delighted with the score.”
Inconsistency frustrating for Rawthore
For the second day in succession, Rawthore’s form was incredibly patchy. In the first round she birdied four of the first six and then let slip five shots in four holes from the seventh.
On a complete turnaround on day two, she dropped five shots in the first six holes but then birdied four between the 8th and 15th. Unfortunately, she shed a couple more at the 16th and 17th.
Rawthore, from Sale, commented, “At first today I couldn’t swing and I couldn’t putt. In fact, I couldn’t do anything and I became so furious that I swiped at a tiny putt at the sixth and it lipped out.
“But then the holes that had been so poor yesterday brought a few birdies. Overall it’s disappointing because my score could have been so much better.”
Greenfield still in the mix
For the first round leader Aileen Greenfield, it was putting woes that contributed to her slip down the leaderboard. But after a round of 80 to set alongside her opening 72, the Pyecombe golfer was still in touch, two behind the leaders and in third place on six-over-par.
The former English Women’s Stroke Play Champion said, “Normally, I am fine from six foot in. But today I missed four short putts which was very expensive. But. hopefully, it will be better tomorrow.”
Foster, Rawthore and Greenfield will form the final threesome for the second day in a row, while the next best in fourth place is Bromborough’s Caroline Berry. She improved her standing with a fine 75.
With no cut due to the size of the field - there are no overseas players this year due to Covid restrictions - everyone could look forward to another round over the leafy course that earned fame as the home to three time Open Champion, Henry Cotton.Leaderboard | Tee Times | Championship Home