Essex’s Lily May Humphreys, takes a two-stroke lead into the second round of the 2016 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort.

Humphreys posted a 71 after overcoming "lightning quick" greens with power hitting and methodical approach play.

For a 14-year-old, she is seemingly far from overawed in this pressure-cooker environment. With the scoreboard visible at the turn, she saw several opponents in red and willed herself on to secure a birdie on the ninth, her fourth in six holes.

"I like seeing what the field is doing. Sometimes I get a bit too obsessive but I like competing against my rivals," she said.

“I've achieved all my goals this year,” added Humphreys, who recently joined Newton Green GC in Suffolk. And some. She ended up with three national under-16 titles, lowered her handicap to plus two, finished fourth in the girls' order of merit and was also selected for under-18 national squad events.

Hailed by 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley as one of junior golf’s Majors, the tournament is being staged for the third year running on Quinta do Lago’s North Course, one of three 18-hole championship courses at the luxury resort.

Officially opened by McGinley in October 2014, the 6,156m-layout has quickly risen to become one of the new stars of European golf, and played a key role in Quinta do Lago be named as Portugal’s best golf resort in Golf World’s inaugural rankings of the Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2016/17.

The official winter training base for England Golf’s elite squads and situated in the tranquil setting of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is perfect for a relaxing family holiday in exquisite surroundings and offers the very best in award-winning sports and leisure facilities.

For more details about the 2016 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship, call 0344 693 1885 or go to 

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