Annabell Fuller, the highest ranked player in The 118th Women’s Amateur Championship, has kept her dream alive by advancing through to the Quarter Finals at Kilmarnock (Barassie) where she will meet Hannah Darling who played 40 holes today.
In her morning match Fuller, ranked 42 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking ® (WAGR ®), eliminated Carmen Griffith 3&2 to set up an afternoon tie with Maggie Whitehead.
After matching birdies on the 1st hole, Fuller had a slip in concentration on the 2nd to go one down early. However, by the fifth hole she had taken control of the match to eventually defeat her younger opponent on the 17th hole, 2&1.
She said, “I feel pretty good. I’m playing nicely and obviously the more I play, the more used I get to the course. That’s always a bonus.
“I made a small error on hole two. I left my upright shot slightly short but I picked it back up from here and I didn’t really make a mistake from then onwards so that helped.”
Fuller, who reached the Final of The Women’s Amateur Championship last year, will now meet Hannah Darling in the Quarter Final tomorrow.
She add, ““I got so close last year and there’s a little bit more of a drive this year than I’ve ever had before. I think that’s just made me work harder and fight a bit harder because I know how close I was.”
Darling goes the distance
Darling’s position in the Quarter Final was hard earned. She birdied the 18th hole to send her afternoon match with Hannah Screen to extra holes.
It took 22 holes for her to emerge victorious over Screen and after going all the way to the last to defeat Rachel Foster by 1 hole this morning, Darling has played 40 holes on day four of the championship.
Darling commented, “I’m definitely tired but my coach texted me last night after a few gruelling weeks of golf and he told me ‘tiredness is a mentality’. I kept reminding myself of that every time I felt a little bit tired. I thought ‘no I’m not tired, come on let’s do this’. It really paid off towards the end.
“I honestly can’t remember (playing that many holes in one day) but I’ve worked hard and this is what it takes.”
Duncan convincing on day three
Louise Duncan had an easier day defeating Sara Byrne 6&4 this afternoon after finishing her morning match against Lottie Woad on the 16th hole in a 3&2 win.
Tomorrow she has set up a match with Jessica Baker who earned her place in the Quarter Final by winning the final three holes of her tie against Emma Allen for a 2 hole victory. Earlier in the day Baker defeated Amy Taylor 4&3.
Big names eliminated
Iceland’s Jóhanna Lea Lúđvíksdóttir eliminated two big names from the championship today. She defeated Hazel MacGarvie 2&1 in the morning before ending 2019 Women’s Amateur Champion Emily Toy’s hopes of a second title.
Lúđvíksdóttir was three up after the 15th hole and with the match dormie, Toy won the 16th and 17th holes with pars but couldn’t manage the feat on the 18th hole.
After the pair both found the greenside bunker, Toy placed her third shot to within eight foot of the pin but pushed her par putt two feet past the hole.
Meanwhile the Icelander’s 15 foot par putt sat on the lip of the cup, the pair halving the hole with bogeys to give her a one hole win.
She said, “I found my swing this morning, I wasn’t hitting it too well in the stroke play but this morning on the range I was hitting it pretty well.
“I wasn’t that nervous because my expectations weren’t too high and I was able to manage them throughout the match with Emily.”
She will now face Kate Lanigan who earned her place in the Quarter Final by eliminating Lorna McClymont 2&1 in the morning and Ffion Tynan 4&3 in the afternoon.
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Mayo on a roll
Gracie Mayo also advances to the Quarter Final following a convincing 5&4 win over Roisin Scanlon who at 13-years-old was the youngest competitor in the championship.
She now meets Shannon McWilliam who advanced past Aine Donegan by 2&1 this morning and Harriet Lynch by 1 hole this afternoon.
She said, “I’m super pleased with my performance. It was really reassuring to know that I can do this three times in a row and can hopefully I keep moving forward.
‘’It wasn’t anything special, I just really played solidly, I minimised the damage and did what was necessary. My putting has been really good all week, so just keep that going really.’’For all the round two and round three match play results please visit randa.org.
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The 36 hole final round on Saturday will be live broadcast on The R&A’s YouTube and Facebook accounts as well as on randa.org.
There are significant rewards for the champion with exemptions into the AIG Women’s Open and, traditionally, the US Women’s Open, The Evian Championship and Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.