The three leading qualifiers from the stroke play stage of the 115th Ladies’ Amateur Championship were knocked out in the first round of match play at Hillside Golf Club on Thursday.
Elin Esborn, who was the official leading qualifier on countback after she finished on one-under-par alongside Esther Henseliet and Elodie Chapelet, suffered a loss to Germany’s Ava Bergner (2 Holes). The German then went on to defeat Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup player Annabel Fuller in the second round 3&2.
On her victories, “It was nice being the first one on the tee this morning and I started really strong with two birdies on the first two holes," adding, "I would say my entire day was pretty solid, I didn’t lose any balls and didn’t make any stupid mistakes. I made a lot of putts and had fun out there, so it was a good day."
Henseleit, who lost out to Finland’s Anna Backman by 1 Hole, and Chapelet, defeated by Aline Krauter (2 Holes) also departed the championship after the first round of match play.
Muse plays through injury
Holly Muse heroically came through an all-England match with the 2017 Girls Amateur champion Lily May Humphreys despite suffering a painful groin injury on Wednesday. The Liverpool golfer limped through both her first (Hannah Screen 3&2) and second round matches to progress to Friday.
“It’s just been amazing and to be honest I’ve had an injury since yesterday which I got on the first hole," said Muse on playing through the pain barrier. "The injury in a way helped me to play within myself a bit more and made me think about my shots a lot better so I’m grateful for it in a way."
The 2016 Girls Amateur Champion Emile Alba Paltrinieri is looking to add the Ladies’ Amateur title to her record after defeating Scotland’s Gemma Batty 5&4 to book her place in the third round. The 16-year-old knocked Ana Ruiz from Mexico in the morning session winning by 2 holes.
From four down to qualification
Ruiz’s teammate Isabella Fierro came from four down with five to play to beat Sweden’s Maja Stark on the 19th Hole in the first round. The 17-year-old then went on to defeat Spain’s Laura Maria Gomez Ruiz to set up a third round tie with Alessio Nobilio, who edged out GB&I Curtis Cup player Olivia Mehaffey by 1 hole.
144 elite women’s amateur golfers from 24 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific arrived at the Southport course on Monday to take part in the first stage of the Championship which sees each player compete in two rounds of 18-hole stroke play. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 progressed to the match play stage.
See match play results and draw here.
Admission to the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, which is played from Tuesday, June 26 to Saturday, June 30, is free of charge.