Local favourite Hollie Muse again battled injury to book her spot in the semi-finals of the 115th Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Hillside on Friday.
The 18-year-old Liverpool golfer suffered a painful injury to her groin when she fell on uneven ground on Wednesday but that didn’t halt Muse as she delighted the home crowd with a stunning display of golf, defeating Germany’s Ava Bergner 4&3 in the morning and then confirming her place in Saturday’s semi-final with a 5&4 victory over former Girls Amateur champion Emilie Paltrinieri in the afternoon.
Muse, who attends Datona State College in the United States, will now play American Stephanie Lau, who defeated Norway’s Emilie Øverås 3&2 for a place in the final and the chance to lift the historic trophy. The 21-year-old Northwestern Univeristy student earlier knocked out Italy’s Alessia Nobilio in a tight affair that went to the last hole.
On reaching the semi-final stage Muse said, “It feels amazing, it really does. I didn’t think I’d be able to get this far after injuring myself on the second day of the stoke play, but I’ve just kept battling," admitting, "I’m in so much pain but it’s worth it. I’ve come so far and I’m not going to give up now."
Lau could meet her good friend Jaclyn Lee in the championship decider. The pair both play college golf in the US (Lee at Ohio State) and are used to competing against each other on the circuit. Lee, from Canada, secured her place in the semi-finals beating Denmark’s Karen Fredgaard 2&1 following her impressive 6&5 third round victory over the Czech Republic’s Sara Kouskova.
German joy at semi-final spot
Lee must overcome Germany’s Leonie Harm to progress to the final after the 20-year-old Stuttgart golfer defeated Switzerland’s Priscilla Schmid 4&3. The University of Houston student came through a tie with her countrywoman Aline Krauter 6&5.
I would obviously be extremely excited but I still have two more matches to get there but I’ll give my best,” said Harm on the prize of playing at the Ricoh Women's British Open.
The semi-finals get underway at 8.30am on Saturday with the final scheduled to tee off later in the afternoon at 1pm.
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 saw each player compete in two rounds of 18-hole stroke play.
The 64 lowest scores over the 36 progressed to the match play stage.
Admission to the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, which is played from Tuesday, June 26 to Saturday, June 30, is free of charge. News, videos and scoring available at RandA.org.