Australian Women's Amateur: Breanna Elliott advances with world number 1, Lydia Ko

MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 20, 2012) -- Sandbelt experience paid dividends in the women’s field as the final eight made their way into the quarterfinals at Woodlands.

Kingston Heath members’ Breanna Elliott, Tilly Poulsen and Grace Lennon all won to make it into Saturday while Long Island’s Montana Strauss defeated Queensland’s Jaimee Dougan 3 & 2.

World Number 1 Lydia Ko (NZ) is the only international player left in the women’s field after she defeated Cathleen Santoso (NSW) 6&5.

2011 Women’s Amateur runner up Minjee Lee (WA) made it through with a 7 & 5 win over Japan’s Kotone Hori. Whitney Hillier (WA) made her way into the semi finals in a tough battle with Japan’s Rio Watanabe who aced the 11th hole during her round.

The quarter finalists are Breanna Elliott (Vic), Grace Lennon (Vic), Tilly Poulsen (Vic), Whitney Hillier (WA), Adriana Brent (NSW), Lydia Ko (NZ), Montana Strauss (Vic) and Minjee Lee (WA).

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ABOUT THE Australian Women's Amateur

The Australian Women's Amateur Championship is contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 32 players progressing to elimination match play. It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 72 players.

It was first played in 1894 and past winners include touring professionals Nikki Campbell, Sarah Oh and Kristie Smith.

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