x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Hayley Davis stays focused on her plans

The girls' section of the Abu Dhabi Junior Championship produced the strongest line-up in the event's history in the opinion of one of the organisers.

ABU DHABI // The girls' section of the Abu Dhabi Junior Championship produced the strongest line-up in the event's history in the opinion of Jeremy Deedes, one of the organisers who has helped run the event on behalf of the Daily Telegraph since it started.

Pick of the field proved to be Hayley Davis, one of five players possessing a plus three handicap.

The Hampshire teenager won by three stokes with a 54-hole aggregate of 212, from Amy Boulden (Llandudno) and Kelly Tidy (Bolton), who tied for second place on a score of one under par.

Davis, 17, who won the English Ladies' championship earlier this year, has aspirations of joining the professional ranks but is in no hurry.

"I'm currently looking at college options in the United States," she said after a two-over-par round of 72 yesterday left her at four under for the tournament.

"I'll see how my game is after four years there and then make a decision."

Boulden, who played in the British Women's Open major professional event this year after finishing runner-up in the British Amateur strokeplay competition, lamented a disastrous nine midway through her second round for ending her victory aspirations.

"That left me with too much to do today," she said. "But I said to the girls I was going out there to shoot a 64.

"I had that in my sights when I got it to seven under for the round but a couple of late bogeys ended my hopes. Still, I have to be happy with a 66 - the best score of the day."

Tidy, 18, who is based at Royal Birkdale and is the British Ladies' Amateur champion, was also left to look back at what might have been after posting a level par 72.

"I have left so many shots out there," she said.

"I would not normally do that. I came here to win so I'm a little disappointed but it's been a terrific experience."

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