Overnight leader Rebekah Gardner maintained her presence at the top of the 2022 English Girls’ Championship standings after backing up an impressive opening round of 67 with a second round total of 71 at The Wilmslow Golf Club.
The Ireland international moves onto six-under par for the tournament after another terrific display which included a superb eagle on the seventh hole.
Sophia Fullbrook is hot on the heels of the Clandeboye teenager after an electric five-under par round of 67 took her to within one.
The Melbourne golfer fired six birdies and dropped just one shot on day two and she is firmly in the hunt heading into the final 36 holes.
Temperatures were scorching for the opening day but as the UK begins to cool down it made for tougher scoring conditions but Gardner was happy to come through unscathed and keep her nose in front.
“I’m really happy,” said Gardner who represented Ireland at the European team championships.
“I started off with a couple of pars. I was level through the front nine. On the back nine, I hit a few not so great shots, but thankfully a few chip shots saved me there and I had an eagle on the seventh which is always nice!”
Gardner added: “It was a lot tougher today with the wind and the temperatures were definitely a lot cooler.
“Some holes were playing completely different to yesterday. The par 3’s especially were playing a lot longer.
“I’ve been playing well lately, and I was confident coming into this week.
“It will [tomorrow] be a long day, it’s a marathon really, but I just have to stick to my game plan and take one shot at a time and we’ll see what happens.
“I need to keep playing the way I’m playing and try and hit as many fairways as possible. Holing some putts might be nice too!”