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Opportunity knocks for Jessica Ross

Winner Aditi Ashok (India) has turned pro and competed at the Olympics Games recently. Runner-up Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies) is settling in as a freshman at Arizona State University and third-placed Linn Anderson (Sweden) is also a student in the United States, at Purdue University.

With Olivia absent, Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) from Co. Down could turn out to be the Irish standard-bearer. Seeking to follow in the footsteps of Danielle McVeigh, the 2009 winner at Royal Aberdeen, and Leona Maguire, winner in 2011 at Royal Ashdown Forest, Jessica finished fourth in last year's championship at Moortown and won the Taunton Salver for returning the best round of the event, a 68.

Jessica Ross driving British Women Open Amateur
Jessica Ross driving British Women Open Amateur

More recent form pointer is the runner-up performance by Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall) in last week's English women's open amateur stroke-play championship in which Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) tied for sixth place. Unfotunately, Bel Wardle, beaten finalist showing in the Girls' British open amateur championship at Harlech has recently withdrawn. Stroke-play specialist Olivia Winning (Rotherham) has twice won the early-season Helen Holm Scottish open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon.

The Ladies' British open amateur stroke-play championship is played over three days with the leading 40 and ties after the second round qualifying to play 36 holes on the final day.

The winner receives the Nicholls Trophy and the runner-up gets the Holden Trophy.

The Duncan Salver goes to the highest-finishing player aged under 23 years.

And the Angela Uzielli Trophy will be won by the highest-placed player over 23 years.

The girl who is the best Under-18 player at the end of the three days will win the Dinwiddy Trophy.

And there is the Team Award, run in conjunction with the first and second rounds. England, represented by India Clyburn, Meghan MacLaren and Inci Mehmet won that last year.