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Crawford Retains Lead at Enville

Grace Crawford remains in pole position after the second round of The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Enville. 

On a difficult day for scoring in windy conditions, the Scot carded a three-over-par 75 to sit top of the leaderboard on a four-over-par total of 148, two shots clear of Lynn van der Sluijs and Kinga Kusmierska who both posted a one-over-par 73 today. 

Crawford happy 

“It was a good round,” said Crawford. “It definitely wasn’t easy out there. I felt even though it was less windy than yesterday, since it’s moving day it’s all about posting a decent score and I think I did that well. 

“You can’t win it on the first days, but you can lose it and so I think I’ve done a good job of moving along and posting another score. We’ll see how things go tomorrow.” 

The 15-year-old North Berwick player, who won last week’s Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open at Royal Troon, recovered well from a tough opening six holes in which she made four bogeys to pick up birdies on the 7th and 10th

Crawford went onto to play steady golf on the back nine, carding a series of pars after another dropped shot on the 11th, and remains confident that she can make it two wins on the bounce ahead of tomorrow’s final round. 

“I’ve definitely got a bit of confidence coming out of the Helen Holm,” she said. “My game is right where I really want it to be. I’m just going to chill tonight and do nothing exciting. I’ve no nerves for tomorrow, just excited to see what I can do.” 

Dutch control

Van der Sluijs appeared to manage the conditions well during her second round performance, with the only blemish to her card being a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 6th hole. A series of pars followed until the 18th, where she picked up a birdie 4 to put herself right in contention going into the final round.  

“I really liked my round today,” said van der Sluijs. “It was quite difficult with the wind but I still managed to play well. I made a lot of pars so that was nice. On the back nine, I was able to make a lot of good putts so I’m happy about that. 

“I kept focussing on where the wind was coming from and managed it well. I just went for the pins. I didn’t know I was doing well until I came off the round. Tonight, I’m just going to relax, keep the head cool and see what happens tomorrow.”

Kusmierska joined her in second place on a six-over-par total of 150 shortly after. The Polish youngster opened up her second round with a birdie but dropped shots on the 6th, 11th and 14th holes. In a similar vein to her Dutch rival, she picked up a birdie on the last to be right in the hunt for the title. 

Chasing pack

Marina Joyce-Moreno, the joint overnight leader with Crawford, struggled to a six-over-par 78, although birdies picked up on the final two holes means she remains only three shots off the lead going into tomorrow’s final 18 holes. 

Defending champion Rosie Bee Kim is part of a group of five players currently sitting on eight-over-par after the English youngster posted a two-over-par 74. She is joined by compatriots Elizabeth Wilson and Isla O’Brien-McDonald, Uma Bergner of Germany and Iceland’s Perla Sól Sigurbrandsdóttir. 

The R&A introduced the Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship as part of its drive to boost girls’ golf in Great Britain and Ireland and beyond, and provide a pathway to elite amateur golf for leading young players.

In 2020, heathland venue Enville became the latest among a growing list of English clubs to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

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