AYRSHIRE, Scotland (June 22, 2016) -- Leslie Cloots
repeated her opening round of one-under-par 71 for a
two-under 142 total to lead the 64 qualifiers for the
match-play stages of the Ladies' British open amateur
championship after another windy day at Dundonald
Links, Ayrshire in Scotland.
Beaten in the 2014 final at Royal St George's in
2014, Leslie, from Antwerp, Belgium and a student at
North Carolina University, is confident of another good
run in this championship but she is not counting any
"The tournament starts all over again tomorrow and
match-play is a different game from stroke-play," said
Cloots who birdied the long fifth, the short 11th and the
long 14th in halves of 37 (one over) and 34 (two
The Irish player was one of 10 players on 12-over-
par 156, the limit mark for qualifying. Three players on
156, Gioia Carpinelli (Switzerland), Stina Resin
(Norway) and China's Xiaolin Tian, lost out on the
comparison of second-round cards.
World No. 2 Leona Maguire and American Curtis
Cup player Monica Vaughn, who also had a 156
aggregate, made it by virtue of their second-round 79s.
The luck of the automatic draw pits Monica against GB
and I Curtis Cup player Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down
Ladies), the world No 8 in the first round.
Mehaffey and her team-mate from the Dun
Laoghaire contest, world no 3 (in this week's re-
ranking) Bronte Law, were joint second best on 145
with matching scores of 74 and 71. Olivia shaded Bronte
for the No 2 seeding.
Spain's 18-year-old Maria Parra, demoted to No 4
in the world rankings this week, qualified as the ninth
seed but two world rankers are now on the sidelines -
No 7 Linnea Storm failed to make it with a 157 total and
Swedish team-mate Luna Sobron, the world No 10
missed out on 159. There is a youthful look about this
year's championship and the leading qualifiers.
The average age of the field of 144 is only 20.29.
Top seed Cloots and Law are 21, Mehaffey is 18. Then
come the youngsters.
Fourth seed is Swede's 15-year-old Julia Engstrom
who had scores of 74 and 72 for 146.
Fifth seed is another 15-year-old who is also
Swedish, Amanda Linner (74-73 for 147).
Sixth seed is 16-year-old Frida Kinhult, another
rising Swedish star. She was the first player to break 70
in the championship, making a 10 shot improvement
from an opening 79 to a 69.
"I thought the conditions were a little bit easier
today until the wind got up again on our second nine,"
said the 21-year-old Bronte from Bramhall GC, Cheshire
and a student at UCLA.
"I birdied the third, eighth and ninth today and had
nine straight pars after the turn. Couldn't get the birdie
putts to drop but I played solid golf which is what I want
to be playing for the match-play."
Does Law, English champion for the past two years
and now No 3 in the world rankings , fancy her chance
of a first British title?
"Well, in match-play, anything can happen but I am
in a pretty confident frame of mind, coming to Scotland
on the back of a lot of good results. I just have to
continue to play the way I am playing these links. It's
not the kind of course you can attack."
Olivia Mehaffey, 18, from the Royal Co Down Ladies
Club in Northern Ireland, will enrol at Arizona State
University in August. She has a golfing CV over the past
couple of years that elevated her to the world's top 10
ranked female amateurs.
She was steadiness personified in her second round
with only three deviations from par - birdies at two par-
5 holes, the third and the 18th - and one bogey, at the
Sixteen-year-old Frida Kinhult, who lives on an
island an hour and half's drive north of Gothenburg,
became the first play to break 70 in the qualifying. She
shot a 69, an improvement of 10 strokes on her Day 1
score, for a total of 148.
"I struck the ball a lot better today and lots of good
things happened to me today in comparison with
yesterday," said Frida.
"I had my first-ever albatross - a 2 at the par-5
fifth and five birdies as well. The fifth was into the wind
and I was about 205yd from the green with my drive. I
took a three wood. I knew it was a good shot but when
we got up to the green, I could not see the ball. Leona
(playing partner Leona Maguire) suggested it might be
in the hole and when I looked, it was there.
"I also holed from 16 yards, from off the green, for
a 2 at the short sixth. And I birdied 13, 14 and 15 with
a wedge to 4yd, a two-putt 4 at 14, and holed a 2yd
putt for my third 2 of the round, at the 15th."
But the course bit back at the last hole which cost
her a bogey 6.
"I was in the right rough from the tee and in the
left rough with my second shot. Finished up missing the
green with my third and couldn't save par. So that
brought me down to earth again," said Frida who has
still to make up her mind about going to college in the
She made her debut in the "British" last year at
Portstewart where she qualified 60th out of 64 and lost
in the second round.