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Match play set at Ladies British Am
12 Jun 2013
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WALES (June 12, 2013) -- World No 2 female amateur Su-Hyun Oh, 17-year-old South Korean-born Australian, edged out another championship debutante, 18-years-old Nanna Madsen from Copenhagen, to be the No 1 match-play seed after they had tied on three-under-par 141 at the end of the qualifying rounds of the 111th Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at rain and wind-lashed Machynys Golf Club. near Llanelli on the South Wales coastline.

In even worse weather than it had been for the morning starters in the first round, Nanna did extremely well to return a par-matching 72.

She deviated from par at only four holes - birdies at the 13th and 18th, with bogeys at the 14th and 17th.

"I thought the conditions were much more difficult than yesterday and I was glad to return a par 72," said Nanna who wedged to 5ft at the 13th and holed a 15ft putt at the 18th after "a bad chip."

She was bunkered for both her bogeys, off her second shot at the 14th and from her drive at the 17th.

"I am looking forward to the match-play now," she said with a smile.

Later on a day when, unlike Tuesday, the conditions got wetter and the wind stronger but, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. In came Su-Hyun Oh with a two-under par 70 to match the Danish clubhouse leader's tally of 141.

"We often get weather like this in Melbourne," said Oh who has +7 of a handicap, is ranked second only to another South Korean-born player, New Zealander Lydia Ko, in the World Amateur Rankings, and reached the quarter-finals of last year's US Women's Amateur Championship which was won by Ko.

Su-Hyun's biggest concern over the second round was "my bag kept being blown over by the wind!"

She birdied the sixth, 10th and 17th and dropped her only shot at the 14th where she was plugged in a bunker and "holed a good putt to avoid it going down as a double bogey..

The domaciled Aussie, who hopes to go to the LPGA Q School at the end of either this year or next, had only three bogeys over the 36 holes of the qualifying rounds which would seem to suggest that she is going to take an awful lot of beating in the match-play stages.

So how did she get to +7 of a handicap?

"I have shot some low scores, including eight-under-par 64," she said without a trace of boasting or arrogance. Anything but, Oh comes across as a fun-loving teenager ... but she does like "sleeping!"

Third best qualifier was England's Hayley Davis, recently returned for the summer holidays from Baylor University, Texas. She shot a 72 for 143.

"I played solidly in a wind that was stronger than for the first round. I birdied the third, fifth, 10th and 18th, with bogeys at the fourth, sixth, 12th and 16th."

Next came Norfolk teenger Amber Ratcliffe and France's Manon Gidali, a winner on the US college circuit, both with 72s for 144.

On 145, were recent Irish women's open stroke-play winner, Meghan MacLaren - yet another American college circuit player - from Wellinbborough, Northamptonshire, World No 14 Celine Boutier (France) who won the European women's individual amateur title last summer and Sweden's Linnea Johansson.

Not so happy was fellow-Dane Caroline Nistrup, the overnight leader with a four-under-par 68. She required 11 more strokes to get round today - a 79 for 147.That aggregate was six strokes inside the limit qualifying mark but she felt she did not play nearly as well as she did on Tuesday.

"I didn't hit so many fairways as I did in the first round and I could not recover from a bad start. But I have qualified for the match-play and that is what it is all about," said Caroline, who is also playing in the championship for the first time.

Nistrup bogeyed the first two holes and then ran up a double bogey 6 at the fourth. TMehe outward half cost her 43 shots (seven over par).

Defending champion Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) cruised through with a 73 for 149. Last year, at Carnoustie, the star Alabama University team player - and GB and I Curtis Cup victory clincher at Nairn 12 months ago, qualified 51st of 64 12 months ago. The Spanish player she beat in the 2013 final, Rocio Sanchez Lobato, failed to make the cut this time round.

By an astonishing coincidence, Meadow's first round opponent at Machynys tomorrow will be the other former winner of the title in the field, Lauren Taylor who, at 16, was the championship's youngest ever champion at Royal Portrush two years ago. Lauren qualified today with a 76 for 150.

Welsh open amateur stroke play winner this season, Amy Boulden, one of last year's Curtis Cup stars, was the bigest "name" to miss out from reaching the match-play stages after slumping from a 74 on Tuesday to an 84 for 158 today - five shots too many even to be involved in the card countback eliminator on 153 The Conwy player birdied the first but then had a nightmare journey to the turn in 44 shots, eight over the card.

She had a double bogey 5 at the short second, followed by a triple bogey 8 at the long third. Boulden continued to leak shots to par at the fourth, fifth, short seventh and eight.

And her troubles continued after the turn with bogeys at the 10th, short 11th, 12th and 13th. Then Boulden steadied up at last to produce five straight pars for 40 shots home.

There was another blow to the host country's title hopes when Welsh champion Becky Harries, who had a first-round 72, did not cope with the wind and rain as well as expected. She had an 82 for 154 and so failed narrowly.

Former British girls champions Laura Gonzalez Escallon (Belgium) and Alexandra Bonetti (France) were also just a shot or two on the wrong side of the dividing line..

Results For Ladies British Open Amateur Championship
Place  Pts
WinEnglandGeorgia HallEngland2000
Runner-upSpainLuna SobronSpain1500
SemifinalsSpainNoemi JimenezSpain1000
SemifinalsGermanyKarolin LampertGermany1000
QuarterfinalsFranceJustine DreherFrance700

View full results for Ladies British Open Amateur Championship

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