Karis Davidson is among Australian Women's Amateur Semifinalist
Queenslander Karis Davidson advances to the semifinals <br>(Golf Australia Photo)
Queenslander Karis Davidson advances to the semifinals
(Golf Australia Photo)

VICTORIA, Australia (January 21, 2017) -- The last step proved a doozy, but Queenslander Karis Davidson has made the semifinals of the women’s Australian Amateur Championship, presented by Swinging Skirts.

Davidson was seemingly cruising at 5 up with five to play against Ga-young Lee, but the knockout blow took a long while to land.

Davidson made bogeys on the 14th, 15th and 16th and suddenly found the tension rising against the Korean who set the tournament alight with a course-record 63 on Tuesday at nearby Kingswood.

And when Lee rolled in a birdie on the 17th, the 2016 Australian Girls’ Amateur champ really felt the pinch.

“When she holed it, I was like, `This is it, I have to do this’,” Davidson said.

“I had a good read and just had to do it.

“I was wondering what I was doing (with) a few bogeys, but the 17th hole was really good.”

Davidson will face medallist and world No. 4 Hye-jin Choi in the first semi, while an all Korean second semi will feature Hyun-kyung Park – a 5&4 winner over Chantelle Cassidy – and surprise packet So-mi Lee.

Lee took down compatriot and reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Eun Jeong Seong 3&2 to advance.

The women’s semifinals will be played Saturday afternoon.

Results: Australian Women's Amateur
WinKoreaHye-Jin ChoiKorea1000
Runner-upKoreaSo-mi LeeKorea700
SemifinalsAustraliaKaris DavidsonAustralia500
SemifinalsKoreaHyun-Kyung ParkKorea500
QuarterfinalsKoreaSeo-yun KwonKorea400

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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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