Thursday, 14 July 2016
Max Schmitt   (Getty Images)
Max Schmitt (Getty Images)
Max Schmitt shot to the top of the Junior Ryder Cup Order of Merit after winning the European Boys’ Team Championship stroke play event.

The German, who played for Europe in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, opened with a superb six under par round of 66 at Diamond Country Club, in Austria, before carding a 72 in round two to finish six shots clear of the field. 

Schmitt earned 500 points for his victory, and received another 50 for the match play competition as the German team he represented reached the final, where they were beaten 5½-1½ by France. 

With just three events left to play, Schmitt currently leads France’s Guillaume Fanonnel and Mike Toorop of the Netherlands by 245 points.       

In the girls’ competition, Julia Engström – who became the youngest winner in the history of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship – still leads the way on 1,212.50 points, but the gap has been closed by Emilie Alba Paltrinieri after she won the European Girls’ Team Championship stroke play event. 

Paltrinieri compiled rounds of 66-69 to finish on nine under par and win by three shots from France’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who signed for two 69s. 

Paltrinieri’s reward for finishing top of the pile was to receive 500 Junior Ryder Cup points, which carried her to second place on the Order of Merit with 662.50. 

Roussin-Bouchard rose to third place on 661.25 after collecting 300 points but, with only four counting events remaining until the teams are determined, Engström remains well clear on 1,212.50.

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