• Defending champion Emilie Paltrinieri is knocked out in third round by Elena Moosmann
• Lily May Humphries comes back from three holes down to reach last four
• Paula Kirner and Emilie Overas also advance to semi-finals
Emilie Paltrinieri’s defence of the Girls British Open Amateur Championship ended in defeat by Elena Moosmann in the third round of match play at Enville today.
The Italian, who won the championship last year by beating Isobel Wardle 4&3 in the final at Royal St David’s, lost by one hole to the Swiss youngster during a compelling contest earlier this morning.
A bogey by the 15-year-old on the short par three 16th proved to be decisive moment as the pair went on halve the 17th and 18th holes.
Moosman responds after Belgian comeback
Moosmann looked to be easing a path to the semi-finals this afternoon after she played the first eleven holes in four-under-par to be 3up against Clarisse Louis of Belgium. However, a bogey on the 13th returned a hole back to the Belgian and a birdie three by Louis two holes later reduced the gap to one hole.
The match dramatically returned to all square after Moosmann bogeyed the 16th but the Swiss Amateur champion bounced back to win the final two holes, which included a 20ft eagle putt to close out the match on the 18th.
Humphries eases into last four
Lily May Humphries battled back from being three holes down against Spain’s Teresa Diez to eventually win 2&1 in the third round before the England under 18 international swept aside her compatriot Samantha Fuller 6&5.
Humphries will now face Paula Kirner in tomorrow morning’s first semi-final after the German defeated Sweden’s Ellen Hutchison-Kay 2&1 in the third round before advancing to deliver an impressive 7&5 victory over Mayke Hoogeboom of the Netherlands in their quarter final match-up.
Kirner was never behind in the contest and picked up five out of six holes from the 4th to take full control of the match. A birdie on the 11th increased her lead to six holes and the match was closed out on the 13th after Hoogeboom could only make bogey.
Overas on way
Norway’s Emilie Overas produced a good performance against Italian Clara Manzalini to win 3&2 after she narrowly overcame French youngster Lucie Malchirand by one hole in the previous round. Overas will now play Moosmann in the second semi-final.
The semi-finals (8.30am) and final (1.00pm) of the Girls Amateur Championship will be played tomorrow with each match being played over 18 holes.View live scoring plus the results from the third round and quarter finals of match play in the Girls British Open Amateur Championship here