Newton Green’s Lily May Humphreys was the leading girl after the first round of the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship in Portugal.
The 14-year-old shot a one under par 71, two ahead of Hannah Screen (Berkamstead) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), followed by Annabel Fuller (Roehampton), who is four over.
Newton’s Suffolk women’s and junior champion Alice Barlow was fifth, on five over par, having recovered from dropping three shots in her opening three holes. She scored 40 on her opening nine, but then carded a second nine of 37, matching that of Humphreys.
Humphreys’ long term and still home club is Channells, Essex, but she has recently moved to the Sudbury area where she has also become a junior at Newton. She shot 34 and 37 in her opening round.
There are nine girls and 12 boys in the mixed field, and overall leader after 18 of the 54-holes event is Harry Goddard, of Hanbury Manor, who is six under on 66, followed by James Wilson (Tynside) 69 and Charlie Thornton (Fulford) 71.
This makes Humphreys joint third on the remodelled North Course at Quinta do Lago, where previous winners of the competition have included Olympic champion Justin Rose.
Humphreys and joint second girl Williamson are both members of the England girls’ squad which have regional training with Roly Hitchcock at Stoke-by-Nayland.