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Mansfield golfer leads way in Justin Rose Junior Championship

Posted onPosted on 2nd Nov

Teenager Amelia Wan, who plays at Sherwood Forest Golf Club, stole the show on day one (Wednesday) of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

The 15-year-old Tuxford Academy student shot a remarkable seven-under-par 65 around the South Course to give her a three-shot lead with two rounds to go at the championship.

Behind her is reigning English Girls champion Sophia Fullbrook, who said she was stunned to see Wan’s round unfolding on the leaderboard.

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“I noticed Amelia was at the top and thought it said she was one-under,” said Fullbrook. “But then I got closer and it said she was five-under. After seven. And I was like, ‘wow!’”

From there, Wan’s morning on the South Course got increasingly spectacular. Three more birdies in the next seven holes and she was eight-under.

“I knew it was scoreabale with perfect conditions, but it was getting a bit silly at that stage,” Wan said. “I got a bit wobbly on the last few, but managed to get it at seven-under. It was an amazing day.”

Behind them are Eve Neild on two-under and Charlotte Naughton the only other girl under par.

Wan’s highlight came on the par-five fifth. “I striped my drive and then hit a five-wood from 240 yards to a foot,” she said. “It’s great when you have an eagle putt that close. My putting was good. I made a 10-footer for birdie on the first and didn’t really look back from there.

“I was at a five-day England training camp at Woodhall Spall last week and that has made me feel really sharp. It also made me feel really tired, as well, though. When we got here on Monday, I had an 11-hour sleep. I needed it and it paid off today.

“It’s early doors – there are two rounds still to go – so I’m not going to allow myself to think of winning yet, but this would mean so much to me and I’d be very proud. It would be by far the biggest moment of my career so far.”

Wan’s ambition is to go to college in the United States on a golf scholarship. It has been for as long as she can remember. “I was going down the range with my dad from the time I could walk,” she said. “I got my first handicap at nine, got down to scratch when I was 12 and now I am off plus-three at Sherwood Forest.”