British Boys' and Girls: Helen Briem cruises as boys' medalist crashes out
Jose Antonio Sintes Navarro (Royal and Ancient)
Jose Antonio Sintes Navarro (Royal and Ancient)

Helen Briem showed why she is the highest-ranked player in the field with a convincing win at The R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Ganton today but leading qualifier Jack Murphy’s R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship campaign came to an end.

Briem eased to a 5&4 win over Carla de Troia from France and the German was one of the first to take up her place in tomorrow’s round of 16.

Murphy came up against an inspired Jose Antonio Sintes Navarro of Spain who raced to an early three-hole lead and never looked back as he secured a dominant 5&3 victory.

The 94th Girls’ Amateur Championship and the 96th Boys’ Amateur Championship are being played simultaneously at the renowned Yorkshire venue Ganton and today saw the round of 64 being contested in both championships.

The Boys' Amateur

Jose Antonio Sintes Navarro is looking to add to his three victories in his native Spain this season after taking his place in the Boys’ Amateur round of 16 with a 5&3 win over leading qualifier Jack Murphy from Ireland.

The young Spaniard was quickly joined in the next round by Murphy’s fellow Irishman John Doyle who secured a convincing 6&5 win over Sweden’s Neo Berg. The 16-year-old was part of Ireland’s victorious Boys’ Home Internationals team last week.

Welshman Willian Sandoz notched up an excellent 5&3 win over Freddie Surgey from Burhill. The 17-year-old was four-under-par for his first five holes and kept a firm grip on the match from there.

Oscar Couilleau of France ended Bulgarian Hristo Yanakiev’s run with a comfortable 6&5 win while Leo Hirukawa Aaraas of Norway and Julius Lange of Germany both claimed 5&4 triumphs over Fionn Dobbin and Alexander Rowland. Ukraine's Lev Grinberg lost out 3&2 to Irishman Donnacha Cleary.

The Girls’ Amateur

Helen Briem comfortably took her place in the round of 16 in the Girls' Amateur Championship alongside Meja Ortengren of Sweden who took an early grip of her match against Germany’s Sophie Renner and never relinquished it as she ran out a 5&4 winner.

Savannah De Bock of Belgium saw off Anna Canado Espinal of Spain with a 3&2 win to progress and Ida Lindqvist of Sweden and Francesca Fiorellini both enjoyed 5&4 victories over Marina Joyce Moreno and Tiphani Knight respectively.

In a good day for the Swedes, Nora Sundberg eliminated Rosie Bee Kim, from the Buckinghamshire, by a 4&3 margin but her compatriot Josefin Widal was defeated 4&2 by Maggie Whitehead from Close House. In an all-England match, Nellie Ong ended the hopes of home favourite from Ganton, Amy Staveley, with a 4&2 win.

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