Leona Maguire is a heavy favorite heading into the semis
KENFIG, WALES (June 16, 2017) - World #1 Leona Maguire
has reached the semi-finals of the match play stage in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship after another excellent display of golf on the South Wales coast today.
The Irish Olympian produced a flawless performance during this morning’s third round, comfortably beating Beatrice Wallin 7&6 to set up a quarter final encounter against Paula Grant, who reached the last eight after a narrow one hole win over Olivia Mehaffey.
Maguire started the contest in electric fashion after picking up two holes early on and thereafter remained in front for the duration of the match despite Grant’s best efforts. The match was closed out on the 16th hole and Maguire, who currently leads the women’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ and the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's World Ranking, advanced to tomorrow’s semi-finals with a 4&2 win.
Olarra through to last four
Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra needed the first extra hole to claim a win in her third round match against Denmark’s Line Toft Hansen this morning, before the Spaniard subsequently eased into the semi-finals after defeating Italian Alessandra Fanali 4&2.
Olarra will face Stina Resen in tomorrow morning’s second semi-final. Resen was taken to sudden death in both her third round and quarter final matches, winning against My Leander on the second extra hole earlier today before overcoming Marta Perez Sanmartin on the first extra hole this evening.
Backman in semis after epic
It took four extra holes to separate the quarter final between Finland’s Anna Backman and Anastasia Mickan of Germany. The pair traded holes during a see-saw encounter but remained deadlocked at all-square after finishing the 18th hole.
However, a birdie on the 22nd hole by Backman eventually sealed the win and paved the way for the Finnish youngster to set up a semi-final clash with Maguire.
In the morning’s third round, Linnea Strom, who was runner-up in the 2015 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, bowed out after losing to Sanmartin.
Only four remain
The semi-finals of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship will be played tomorrow starting at 08.30am following by the Final.
ABOUT THE Ladies British Amateur
This championship, along with the US Women’s
Amateur Golf Championship, is considered the
important in women’s amateur golf.
The first stage of the Championship involves
players each of whom plays two rounds of 18
The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will
in the match play stage of the Championship.
match will consist of one round of 18 holes,
The ‘Pam Barton Memorial Salver’ is awarded to
winner of the Championship, while the runner-
receives The Diana Fishwick Cup. An
team award is presented after the stroke play
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