Hertfordshire’s Harry Goddard posted an stunning course record to take a three-shot lead after day one of the 2016 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship boys’ event at Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort. The 16-year-old, who played in the event in 2014, blasted no fewer than nine birdies and was understandably delighted with his opening performance. “I knew where I was with the experience of playing here before. Back then [in 2014] I tried not to embarrass myself and come last with the small field. This year, I’m out to win and so a bad score was never in my mind.”
Goddard was one of only four juniors under par across the 21-strong field after day one of the event, including Essex’s Lily May Humphreys who scored a 71 for a two-stroke lead going into the second round. The 14-year-old is far from overawed in this environment and, with the scoreboard visible at the turn, the sight of several opponents in red figures inspired her to even greater heights. “I like seeing what the field is doing. Sometimes I get a bit too obsessive but I like competing against my rivals,” she said. Humphreys, who recently joined Newton Green GC in Suffolk already has three national under-16 titles and after reducing her handicap to plus two was rewarded with selection for under-18 national squad.
With such outstanding performances on day one, the rest of this week promises a feast of quality golf served up by golfing stars of the future on Quinta do Lago’s stunning North Course. For more details about the 2016 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship and up to date leader boards visit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/sport/juniorgolf/