Jordan Duminy and Liam Van Deventer of South Africa went low to start the day for the International team, carding a 6-under-par 66 in the best ball format. Their flawless round featured six birdies and no bogeys, as they bested Dominic Clemons and Conor Gough of England by four strokes. This gave the International team an early 1-0 lead in the race to seven.
The second match of the day came to a draw as Patricie Mackova of the Czech Republic and Lara Jecnik of Slovenia carded a 5-over-par 77 that matched the score of Annabell Fuller of England and Samantha Henderson of Northern Ireland. The teams were deadlocked through the majority of the back nine, as both teams parred the last five holes. At the conclusion of this match, the International squad led 1.5 to 0.5.
Dylan Fritz of the United States and Martin Vorster of South Africa teamed up a day after battling in a playoff for the Boys 10 title and were able to defeat the Western European team by one stroke. Fritz and Vorster combined on a 2-under-par 70 that on the strength of three birdies and only one bogey. Jake Craddock and Owen Meeds of England also carded three birdies in their 1-under-par 71. The International team had jumped out to a 2.5 to 0.5 lead.
A pair of Isabellas, Fierro of Mexico and Holpfer of Austria, put together a strong back nine to power the International team to another match victory. Fierro and Holpfer birdied four holes on the back nine to card a 4-under-par 68, four shots better than the 72 posted by Jade Guest of England and Meike Leichtle of Germany. The victory gave the International team a commanding 3.5 to 0.5 lead.
The Western European team claimed a point back in the Boys 11 match, as Aadam Syed and Alex Ault of England dominated Gullane No. 1 with a 6-under-par 66. The pair carded seven birdies on the day, including four in the first five holes. Reece Els and Christo Lamprecht of South Africa posted a 2-under-par 70. With the win, the Western Europeans climbed back to a 3.5 to 1.5 deficit.
Martha Lewis of England and Hazel MacGarvie of Scotland had a flawless back nine with two birdies and seven pars to claim the Girls 12 match by seven strokes. The pair's even-par 72 bested the effort from Emma Spitz of Austria and Karolina Martincova of Czech Republic. The Western European team drew within a point of the Internationals at 3.5 to 2.5.
The closest match of the day belonged to the Boys 12 division, as Joshua Armstrong of Australia and Charles Reiter of the United States finished deadlocked at 1-under-par 71 with Jerry Ji of the Netherlands and Alexander Chapman of England. The teams carded the same score on each of the first nine holes, and neither team ever held a lead of more than one stroke. After each team was rewarded a half-point, the score became 4 to 3 in favor of the International team.
The Western European team pulled out a close match in the Girls 13 age group to pull the two teams even for the first time all day. Sanne Dijkstra of the Netherlands and Ivane Helias of France posted a 4-over-par 76 to edge out the International squad by one stroke. Kaleigh Telfer and Anye Verster of South Africa steadied the ship with a back-nine 36 after a front-nine 41, but came up one shot shy. The overall score was square 4 to 4.
Impressive play from Herman Loubser of Isle of Man and Glen Burrett of Scotland continued the Western European momentum, as a 4-under-par 68 overcame a pair of eagles from the team of Carlos Marrero of Venezuela and Dylan Mostert of South Africa. The flawless scorecard from the Western Europeans included four birdies and no bogeys. With the win, the Western European team finally had the lead at 5 to 4.
One of the best rounds of the day came from the Western European team in the Girls 14 division, as Sophie Lamb of England and Hannah Henderson of Northern Ireland combined on a 6-under-par 66 featuring seven birdies and only one bogey. The pair broke out of the gates quickly with a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine, and they never looked back. Gabriela Coello of Venezuela and Shawnelle de Lange of South Africa posted a 1-over-par 73. The win was the fifth in six matches for the International team, who drew within a point of the victory at 6 to 4.
The International team remained in contention with a clutch victory in the Boys 14 group, as Rosswell Radoslaw Sinclair and Marcus Smal of South Africa posted a 2-under-par 70 to best the efforts of William Bond of England and Zacharias Agerbak of Denmark, who shot even-par 72. Each pair recorded four birdies, but the Internationals limited the mistakes to the tune of only two bogeys. This brought the International team back within one, at 6 to 5.
The clinching match came in the Girls 15-18 division, as Teresa Casasus Artiles of Spain and Catarina Agerbak of Denmark posted a 4-over-par 76 to defeat the International pair of Natasha Carlsson of South Africa and Marie Ada Syvertsen of Norway. Each team struggled in the middle of the round, but the Western Europeans were able to right the ship late in the game, firing an even-par 36 on the back nine and finishing 1-under-par on their last four holes. The 7 to 5 lead clinched the Van Horn Cup for the Western European team!
In a match that ended up not affecting the final result, Terry Green of England and Alexandre Bosq of France added a win to the Western European tally with a 3-under-par 69. The pair recorded an eagle, two birdies and only one bogey for the round to defeat the International team by four strokes. Amarin Kraivixien of Thailand and Noel Anderson of South Africa got it going a bit too late, as their 2-under-par 34 on the back nine was outdone by their 3-over-par 39 on the front nine. The final tally of the 2012 Van Horn Cup is: Western Europe 8, International 5. Until next year!
Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, Fla., held off a strong Boys 7 & Under field to claim his second consecutive European Championship title at 7-under-par 101. Kournikova posted a final-round 1-under-par 35 to claim a three-stroke victory. He posted nine birdies and an eagle on the week. James Black of Newmarket, England, who set the course record with a 6-under-par 30 on Wednesday, finished in second place at 4-under-par 104. Alejandro Fierro of Mexico, who had a share of the first-round lead, finished in third place at 3-under-par 105. In total, six players finished under-par, and ten players recorded an under-par round.
There was little movement atop the leaderboard in the Boys 8 division on Thursday, as Arthur Genest of La Croix en Touraine, France, prevailed with a one-shot margin at 1-over-par 109 for the tournament. Genest closed with a birdie on No. 9, his final hole, to avoid a three-way playoff with Yurav Premlall and Spencer Worley, who also closed with a birdie to put the pressure on Genest. Premlall, of Edenglen, South Africa, and Worley, of Walsall, England, tied for second place at 2-over-par 110.
A pair of Englishmen battled down to the wire, as Dominic Clemons of Cambridge edged out Conor Gough of Slough. Clemons bogeyed his first hole on Thursday and responded with three birdies and 14 pars the rest of the day. Gough ran out of holes in his attempt to catch Clemons, as his birdie on the final hole left him one stroke short of Clemons' 2-over-par 218 total. The leader coming into the final round, Kristjan Vojteh Burkelca of Domzale, Slovenia, finished in third place at 223.
The Boys 10 age group provided perhaps the most drama on the day, as Dylan Fritz of Las Vegas stormed back into contention with eight birdies during his final-round 6-under-par 66, forcing a playoff with Martin Vorster of Mossel Bay, South Africa. Remarkably, Fritz triumphed over Vorster in a Boys 9 playoff in the 2011 European Championship. In front of a crowd of approximately 50 people, Fritz parred the first playoff hole for his second consecutive European Championship victory. Carson Levit of San Francisco finished in third place, only one stroke behind Fritz and Vorster.
Aadam Syed of Hayes, England, gave himself an enormous cushion with his nine birdies in Tuesday's round, and he cruised to a nine-stroke victory in the Boys 11 division. Syed tacked on two more birdies each of the next two days, and finished at even-par 216 for the tournament. Reece Els of George, South Africa, channeled his Uncle Ernie in finishing in second place at 9-over-par 225, while Christo Lamprecht of George, South Africa, and Alex Ault of Bristol, England, tied for third place at 226.
Joshua Armstrong of Canberra, Australia, knew exactly how to protect his three-shot lead, carding three birdies and six pars on the front nine Thursday. He capped off his round with a birdie on No. 18 for good measure, finishing at 1-under-par 215, seven strokes ahead of the competition. Charles Reiter of Palm Desert, Calif., who made a charge with a 3-under-par 69 on Wednesday, finished with a 2-over-par 74 to post 6-over-par 222 and claim second place for himself. Felipe Ramirez of Bucaramonga, Colombia, finished in third place at 7-over-par 223.
Herman Loubser of Santon, Isle of Man, overcame second-round leader Carlos Marrero to claim his second consecutive European Championship title. Loubser recorded four birdies in his final-round 72, including one on No. 17 to create a crucial two-shot margin over Marrero heading to No. 18. Both players made a par at the last, and Loubser's 4-under-par 212 total was good enough for the victory. Marrero, of Valencia, Venezuela, finished second at 2-under-par 214, and Glen Burnett of Glasgow, Scotland, fired a 3-under-par 69 to move him into third place at 2-over-par 218.
Simon Moerk of Frederikshavn, Denmark, put together three solid rounds to claim the Boys 14 title by six strokes. He recorded four birdies and four bogeys in his final-round 72, which tied for the low round of the day. Moerk finished with ten birdies and two eagles for the tournament and a total of 2-under-par 214. Moerk's nearest pursuiter was William Bond of London, who finished at 4-over-par 220. Zacharias Agerbak of Copenhagen, Denmark, tied Moerk for the low round of the day and finished in third place at 7-over-par 223.
Joey Lamb of Blackburn, England, flew under the radar all week, but steady play has given him the title of Boys 15-18 Champion at the 2012 European Championship. Lamb was tied for fourth place after Tuesday's round and fifth place after Wednesday, but crept up the leaderboard with a 1-over-par 73 on Thursday. He finished at 4-over-par 220 for the tournament, one shot ahead of brothers Jacob and Martin Hornshoej of Herning, Denmark, who finished at 5-over-par 221. Eleven players finished within five strokes of Lamb.
Yoko Tai of Singapore capped off a wire-to-wire victory in the Girls 8 & Under division, finishing at 1-under-par 107. Tai scored par or better in all three of her rounds, as she closed with an even-par 36 that included no blemishes on her final eight holes. Pia Babnik of Ljubljana, Slovenia, made a late charge, recording birdies on her final two holes, but came up just one stroke shy, claiming second place at even-par 108. Anna McKay of Fife, Scotland, finished in third place at a tournament total of 116.
The first playoff of the day came in the Girls 9 age group, as Emmanuelle Hewson of Torvilliers, France, and Maria Paula Del Castillo of Bogota, Colombia, needed extra holes to decide a champion. Del Castillo birdied the final hole to reach a tournament total of 116 and force a playoff with Hewson, and the pair headed to No. 1 for a sudden-death tiebreaker. Hewson needed only one hole, as her par was good enough to crown her the champion. Second-round leader Karissa Kilby of Honolulu, Hawaii, just missed out on the playoff, finishing one stroke behind Hewson and Del Castillo.
Rina Tatematsu of Bangkok went wire-to-wire for her nine-stroke victory, recording two birdies in her first three holes on Thursday to widen the gap. Tatematsu finished with an even-par 72 and a tournament total of 2-over-par 218. Patricie Mackova of Prague, Czech Republic, fired the low round of the day, a 1-under-par 71, to claim second place at 227 for the tournament. Annabell Fuller of Kingston Upon Thames, England, finished in third place at 230.
Isabella Fierro of Mexico improved each day on her way to an outstanding 20-stroke victory in the Girls 11 division. Fierro finished with a 3-under-par 69 and recorded two eagles and 10 birdies for the tournament, finishing at 1-under-par 215. Isabella Holpfer of Vienna, Austria, and Natalie Chocholova of Prague, Czech Republic, tied for second place at a total of 235.
The first three holes made all the difference for Emma Spitz, as she will take a victory home with her to Gollersdorf, Austria. Spitz played the first three holes to the tune of 5-under-par for the week, and those five strokes were the margin between her and her nearest competitor. She finished with a tournament total of 232, five shots ahead of Martha Lewis of Weybridge, England, and Hazel MacGarvie of Barassie Troon, Scotland. Shannon Stevie McWilliam of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, recorded the round of the day with a 3-over-par 75, vaulting her into fourth place.
Samantha Fuller of Kingston Upon Thames, England, dominated the Girls 13 group all week long and deservedly will leave Scotland as a champion. Fuller was par or better with each of her three rounds, and capped the tournament off with a 1-under-par 71 that featured a remarkable front nine. Fuller recorded five birdies and four pars in her first nine holes, and cruised to the finish line with the victory well in hand. She finished 14 strokes clear of Sanne Dijkstra of Oosterhout, Netherlands, who finished with a very impressive even-par 72 to win the race for second place at 229 for the tournament. Kaleigh Telfer of Johannesburg, South Africa, rounds out the top three with a tournament total of 233.
Sophie Lamb of Blackburn, England, went low for the second consecutive day to claim the Girls 14 title by a comfortable margin. Lamb followed up her second-round 70 with a 1-under-par 71 on Thursday, carding an eagle and two birdies in a three-hole stretch late in the round. The late charge pulled Lamb back to even-par 216 for the tournament, six shots ahead of Gabriela Coello of Miami, Venezuela, who finished at 6-over-par 222. Hannah Henderson of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, finished in third place at 8-over-par 224 for the tournament.
The tight pack atop the Girls 15-18 leaderboard has broken up, and Teresa Casasus Artiles of Las Palmas, Spain, emerged victorious. Casasus Artiles, who led by one stroke heading into the final round, posted the low round of the day, a 3-over-par 75, featuring two birdies and six pars on her first eight holes. She finished at a tournament total of 230, four strokes ahead of Catarina Agerbak of Copenhagen, Denmark. First-round leader Natasha Carlsson of Johannesburg, South Africa, finished in third place at 237 for the tournament
The tie atop the Boys 7 & Under leaderboard has been broken, as Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, Fla., has the narrowest of leads. Kournikova posted a 2-under-par 34 on Wednesday to move to 6-under-par 66 for the tournament. He recorded an eagle and two birdies along with his first two bogeys of the tournament. James Black of Newmarket, England, fired a remarkable 6-under-par 30 that was capped off by a 30-yard eagle chip-in on No. 18. Since an eagle bogey and double bogey, Black is 8-under-par on his last 15 holes, putting him at 3-under-par for the tournament, only a shot behind Kournikova. First-round co-leader Alejandro Fierro of Mexico is two shots back at 4-under-par 68 after a second-round 36.
Perhaps the most hotly contested age group is Boys 8, where nine players are within two strokes of the lead. Arthur Genest of La Croix En Touraine, France, has the lead after a 1-over-par 37 that featured two bogeys and a birdie. With three birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars, Genest is plugging along steadily at even-par 72 for the tournament. First-round co-leader Matej Svarc of Benesov, Czech Republic, is in a four-way tie for second place at 1-over-par 73 with Aidan Ohagan of Howwood, Scotland, Spencer Worley of Walsall, England, and Yurav Premlall of Edenglen, South Africa.
Kristjan Vojteh Burkelca of Domzale, Slovenia went low on Wednesday to work his way to the top of the leaderboard in the Boys 9 division. Burkelca bested his first-round effort by nine strokes with a 4-under-par 68 on the strength of an eagle and four birdies at Gullane No. 3. He is currently at 1-over-par 145, three strokes ahead of first-round co-leaders Dominic Clemons of Cambridge, England, and Benjamin Schmidt of Barnsley, England, who each carded a 3-over-par 75.
The Boys 10 leaderboard remains crowded, as Hugo Riboud Mendiburu of Paris broke away from a three-way tie for the lead to take a one-stroke lead into the final round at 3-over-par 147. Riboud Mendiburu has torched the front nine at Craigielaw to the tune of 6-under-par over the two days, but gave some shots back again on the back nine for a total of 2-over-par 74 today. He leads by one stroke over Martin Vorster of Mossel Bay, South Africa, who carded a 1-over-par 73 to jump into second place. Tucker Allen of Granbury, Texas, and Rasmus Bofill of Silkeborg, Demark, are in a tie for third place at 5-over-par 149, only two strokes behind the lead.
Aadem Syed of Hayes, England, couldn't quite keep up with the torrid pace he set in round one, but still holds a six-stroke lead over the his fellow competitors in the Boys 11 division. Syed, who birdied his first seven holes on Tuesday, recorded two birdies and four bogeys en route to a 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday. He currently sits at 3-under-par 141 for the tournament. Alex Ault of Bristol, England, had a stretch of four birdies in five holes in his even-par 72 round, and he is currently in second place at 3-over-par 147. Sean Dowling of Dublin, Ireland, is in third place at 5-over-par 149.
Joshua Armstrong of Canberra, Australia, widened his lead in the Boys 12 age group, but he's certainly not out of the woods yet. He fired a second-round 72 on the strength of 14 pars and two birdies alongside only two blemishes all day. Armstrong, who is currently 1-under-par for the tournament, is three strokes ahead of Jonathan Gerrish of Kent, England, and Felipe Ramirez of Bucaramanga, Colombia, who each sit at 2-over-par 146 with 18 holes to play.
Two players are going low in the Boys 13 age group, as Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela and Herman Loubser of Santon, Isle of Man, have separated themselves from the field. Marrero, who recorded a 4-under-par 68 in the first round, bounced back from a bogey-bogey start in his second round with three birdies and 13 pars the rest of the way for a 1-under-par 71. He is at 5-under-par 139 for the tournament. Loubser recorded the round of the day with a 3-under-par 69, recording four birdies and a lone bogey. He is currently at 4-under-par 140. Dylan Moster of Edenvale, South Africa, is in third place at 3-over-par 147.
Simon Moerk of Frederikshavn, Denmark, fired a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to move into the lead in the Boys 14 division. Moerk, who is currently at 2-under-par 142 for the tournament, recorded three birdies and an eagle in his round on a day that he moved from a tie for third place to a three-shot lead. Rosswell Radoslaw Sinclair of Monument Park, South Africa, matched Moerk's 70 and moved from a tie for seventh to solo second place at 1-over-par 145. William Bond of London is in third place at 2-over-par 146. First-round co-leaders Lewis Reid of Glasgow, Scotland, and Yannick Shutz of Friolzheim, Germany, fell to fourth and fifth place, respectively.
A winner is yet to be determined in the Boys 15-18 age group, as Zan Luka Stirn of Kranj, Slovenia holds a narrow lead heading to the final round. Stirn recorded four birdies on Wednesday, bringing his tournament total to eight, as he posted even-par 72 and is currently at 1-over-par 143 for the tournament. Four players lurk only one shot behind. Amarin Kraivixien of Bangkok, Marcel Lamade of St. Leon-Rot, Germany, Martin Hornshoej of Herning, Denmark, and Noel Anderson of Cape Town, South Africa, are each at 2-over-par 146 for the tournament. Seven players are within two strokes of the lead.
There are no major changes atop the Girls 8 & Under leaderboard, as two girls are pulling away from the field. First-round leader Yoko Tai of Singapore extended her first-round lead with a 1-under-par 35 in the second round that was highlighted by an eagle and two birdies. Tai, who sits at 1-under-par 71 for the tournament, now leads by two strokes over Pia Babnik of Ljubljana, Slovenia, whose second-round 36 brings her to 1-over-par 73. Anna McKay of Fife, Scotland, is in third place at 7-over-par 79.
An impressive round from a first-round co-leader has her on top in the Girls 9 division. Karissa Kilby of Honolulu, Hawaii, fired a mistake-free 1-under-par 35 on Wednesday to claim a four-stroke lead. She began her round with eight consecutive birdies and capped it off with a birdie on No. 9, her final hole. She is currently 1-over-par 73 for the tournament. Emmanuelle Hewson of Torvilliers, France, who also had a share of the first-round lead, shot a 3-over-par 39 in the second round and is in second place at 5-over-par 77. Maria Paula del Castillo of Bogota, Colombia, is in third place at 8-over-par 80.
Rina Tatematsu of Bangkok still holds the lead in the Girls 10 division, but Lara Jecnik of Kranj, Slovenia, was able to cut into it with the low round of the day. Tatematsu, who opened with an even-par 72, posted an up-and-down round of 74 that featured six birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey. She still holds a five-stroke lead at 2-over-par 146. Jecnik posted a flawless round of 2-under-par 70 with 16 pars and two birdies to move her back into contention at 9-over-par 153. Annabell Fuller of Kingston upon Thames, England, and Patricie Packova of Prague, Czech Republic, are tied for third place at 12-over-par 156.
Isabella Fierro of Mexico continued her dominance of the Girls 11 division on Wednesday, carding five birdies during her round of 2-under-par 70. She now moves to 2-over-par 146 for the tournament, eight strokes clear of her nearest competitor. Natalie Chocholova of Prague kept up with Fierro with a 70 of her own, but is currently at 10-over-par 154 for the tournament. Jade Guest of Cambridge, England, is in third place at a tournament total of 159.
Four players have separated themselves from the field in the Girls 12 division, as Emma Spitz of Gollersdorf, Austria, holds a two-stroke lead over three of her fellow competitors. Spitz posted a second-round 79 that featured early birdies on Nos. 1 and 3. She sits at 9-over-par 153 for the tournament. Three players are locked in a tie at 155, as Marta Lewis of Weybridge, England, Hazel MacGarvie of Barassie Troon, Scotland, and Emily Price of Cleobury Mortimer, England, will try to make up ground on the leader in Thursday's final round. No other player is within 11 strokes of the lead.
Samantha Fuller of Kingston upon Thames, England, is running away with the Girls 13 division, as her second consecutive round of even-par 72 has given her an 11-stroke lead. Fuller bookended her round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 18, and her card's only blemish came in the form of a double bogey on No. 13. Ivane Helias of Saint-Maixme Hauterive, France, jumped into second place with a 5-over-par 77, the second-lowest round of the day in the age group. She is at 11-over-par 155 for the tournament. Sanne Dijkstra of Oosterhout, Netherlands, rounds out the top three at a tournament total of 157.
Sophie Lamb of Blackburn Lancashire, England, broke away from the three-way tie for the lead, but has no margin for error heading into the final round. Lamb rattled off consecutive birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 4, and recorded only a lone bogey on the remainder of her round, as she posted a 2-under-par 70, bringing her to 1-over-par 145 for the tournament. Gabriela Coello of Miami, Venezuela, charged up the leaderboard with an impressive 4-under-par 68 of her own, recording four birdies in her last five holes to finish strong. Coello is 2-over-par for the tournament, one shot behind Lamb. First-round co-leader Hannah Henderson of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, rounds out the top three at 4-over-par 148.
The top three are separated by only one shot in the Girls 15-18 age group, as Teresa Casasus Artiles of Las Palmas, Spain, has jumped into the lead at a tournament total of 155. Casasus Artiles limited her mistakes, carding three bogeys and a double bogey before finishing strong with a birdie on No. 18, adding up to a round of 4-over-par 76. Catarina Agerbak of Copenhagen, Denmark, and first-round leader Natasha Carlsson of Johannesburg, South Africa, are in a tie for second place, one stroke behind the leader.
There is much to be decided in the Boys 7 & Under age group, as defending champion Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, Fla., and Alejandro Fierro of Mexico are tied at 4-under-par 32. Kournikova birdied four of his last five holes to vault himself into contention, while Fierro also closed on a tear, rebounding from an early bogey with birdies on his last five holes. The two have much left work to be done, as Jaivir Pande of Houston lurks a shot behind at 3-under-par 33. Six players were under par after the first round.
The Boys 8 division is still anyone's game, as ten players sit within three strokes of the lead. Matej Svarc of Benesov, Czech Republic, and Ian Fritz of Las Vegas are tied for the lead at 2-under-par 34. Svarc bookended his round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 9 with five pars, a birdie and a bogey in between. Fritz bounced back from a bogey on No. 1 with birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 7 to earn a share of the lead. Arthur Genest of La Croix en Touraine, France, is only one shot behind at 1-under-par 35.
Two are tied at the top of the Boys 9 leaderboard, but one players has quite the story for how he got there. Benjamin Schmidt of Barnsley, England, was 4-over-par through 14 holes when he stepped up to the par-3 15th. He never could have anticipated what happened next, as his ball rolled straight in the hole for an ace! He followed up the hole-in-one with a birdie to get back to 1-over-par 73, where he sits tied with Dominic Clemons of Cambridge, England. After opening with seven consecutive pars, Clemons had an eagle of his own, albeit on a par 5, to get him into position to tie for the lead. Schmidt and Clemons are three strokes clear of the remainder of the field. Jordan Duminy of Mossel Bay, South Africa, and Conor Gough of Slough, England, are tied for third place at 4-over-par 76.
The Boys 10 age group is wide open, as three players currently top the leaderboard at 1-over-par 73. Tucker Allen of Granbury, Texas, birdied two of his first four holes and gave only three shots back the rest of the day on the way to his 73. Rasmus Bofill of Silkeborg, Denmark, recorded four birdies and five bogeys in his round. Hugo Riboud Mendiburu of Paris was red hot out of the gate, beginning his round with four pars and four birdies, before cooling down a bit and settling at 1-over-par with Allen and Bofill.
The story of Round One is Aadem Syed, who got off to a remarkable start, carding seven consecutive birdies to open his round! Syed fired a 5-under-par 67, the low round of the day, to claim a five shot lead heading to the second round. James Verster of Letsitele, South Africa, is in second place at even-par 72. Three are tied for third place, as Dominic Schneider of Bisamberg, Austria, Sean Dowling of Dublin, Ireland, and Alex Ault of Bristol, England, each carded a 3-over-par 75.
Joshua Armstrong of Canberra, Australia, was the only player to break par in the Boys 12 age group, but his lead is slim. His 1-under-par 71 featured three birdies and two bogeys, as he has jumped out to a one-stroke lead. Felipe Ramirez of Bucaramanga, Colombia, trails at even-par 72 after he recorded six birdies on the day. Jonathan Gerrish of Kent, England, Jerry Ji of Oosterhout, Netherlands and Matthew Giombetti of Los Angeles are locked in a tie for third place at 2-over-par 74.
Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, was able to create some distance between himself and the field on Tuesday with a 4-under-par 68. Marrero recorded five birdies, including each of his last three holes, along with a lone bogey to claim a three shot lead with 36 holes left to play. He leads defending champion Herman Loubser of Santon, Isle of Man, and Jack Hearn of Co Tipperary, Ireland, who each posted rounds of 1-under-par 71.
Much is to be decided in the Boys 14 age group, as 19 players are within eight shots of the lead. The field is currently led by Lewis Reid of Glasgow, Scotland, and Yannick Schutz of Friolzheim, Germany, who each carded a 2-under-par round of 70. Reid bounced back from a pair of early bogeys with five birdies in his round, while Schutz took a less adventurous route to 70, posting three birdies and a lone bogey. Simon Moerk of Ferderikshavn, Denmark, and William Bond of London are currently tied for third place after each player posted an even-par 72.
A hot start is all that Marcel Lamade needed to jump out to an early lead in the eldest boys age group. Lamade, of St. Leon-Rot, Germany, eagled No. 2 and carded two more birdies on his front nine en route to a 1-under-par 71. He is only one shot clear of Amarin Kraivixien of Bangkok and Alexandra Bosq of Orleans, France, who each carded rounds of even-par 72.
Yoko Tai of Singapore jumped out to a lead in the Girls 8 & Under age group after an adventurous round of even-par 36. Tai followed up a bogey on her first hole with three birdies and a double bogey for an unconventional route to 36. Her lead is only one stroke over Pia Babnik of Ljubljana, Slovenia, who recorded a round of 1-over-par 37. Anna McKay of Fife, Scotland, lurks at 3-over-par 39.
A close competition has emerged in the Girls 9 age group, as Emmanuelle Hewson of Torvilliers, France, and Karissa Kilby of Honolulu, Hawaii, are tied at the top with matching rounds of 2-over-par 38. Hewson recorded a double bogey and a bogey before a birdie on No. 8 pulled her into a tie for the lead with Kilby, who recorded four bogeys and two birdies.
Rina Tatematsu of Bangkok has a commanding lead after Round One in the Girls 10 age group, as she leads her nearest competitor by six strokes. Tatematsu wasted no time, as she birdied two of her first three holes to quickly reach 2-under-par. She added two birdies later in her round en route to an even-par 72. Patricie Mackova and Barbora Gaislerova, both of the Czech Republic, are nearest in pursuit at 6-over-par 78 and 7-over-par 79 respectively.
Isabella Fierro joined her younger brother Alejandro as leaders of their age groups, as she posted a 4-over-par 76 to claim a two-stroke lead in the Girls 11 age group. Fierro opened with an eagle and added two more birdies before faltering a bit down the stretch. She is trailed by Holly McCann of Raleigh, N.C., who recorded a 6-over-par 78. Jade Guest of Cambridge, England, rounds out the top three at 8-over-par 80.
Emma Spitz of Gollersdoft, Austria, holds a one-stroke lead after Round One in the Girls 12 division. Her 2-over-par 74 was highlighted by birdies on Nos. 1 and 17, with 12 pars and four bogeys completing her card. She has no margin for error, as Hazel MacGarvie of Barassie Troon, Scotland, lurks at 3-over-par and Emily Price of Cleobury Mortimer, England, sits in third place at 4-over-par 76.
Samantha Fuller of Kingston upon Thames, England, has a fairly comfortable lead after the first 18 holes of play on Gullane No. 3. Fuller carded an even-par 72, plugging steadily along with 12 pars, three birdies and three bogies. Her nearest competitor is four strokes back, as Kaleigh Telfer of Jahannesburg, South Africa, fired a 4-over-par 76. Sanne Dijkstra of Oosterhout, Netherlands, and Eliska Kocourkova of Hrebec, Czech Republic, are within five strokes after each posting a round of 5-over-par 77.
A three-way tie tops the Girls 14 leaderboard, as a trio of Europeans matched one another with a 3-over-par 75 in Round One. Hannah Henderson of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, posted a steady 75 that included three bogeys and a birdie on No. 13. Sophie Lamb of Blackburn Lancashire, England, and Anastasia Mickan of Bremerhaven, Germany, more an adventurous rounds, as each player carded an eagle and two birdies along with five bogeys and a double bogey.
Natasha Carlsson of Johannesburg, South Africa, has a narrow lead after one round of play in the Girls 15-18 age group. Carlsson, who fired a 5-over-par 77, finished her round in fantastic form, as she recorded five pars and a birdie in her last six holes to claim a one-stroke lead. Saskia Benze of Starnberg, Germany, is not far behind after a 6-over-par 78. Teresa Casasus Artiles of Las Palmas, Spain, and Catarina Agerbak of Copenhagen, Demark, are tied for third place at 7-over-par 79.