Hannah Darling overcame an enthralling battle with top ranked amateur Annabell Fuller as she sealed the last place in Friday afternoon’s semi-final at The Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie).
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Darling, the world number 48, held off the top seed winning one up after holding her nerve to finish off the job on the 18th hole with a par 4.,Fuller missing a birdie opportunity to send the match to an extra hole.
Darling was pleased to progress to the semi-finals following the tough match against her good friend, Fuller.
She said, ‘One of us had to come out on top and I’m obviously very happy it was me. We both played really well out there.
‘I had a feeling this week I was going to play Annabell (Fuller), but it was almost better for me as I felt like I had a friend walking with me today. There were no hard feelings, it was a really good game.’’
Darling is one of three Scottish players in the semi-finals. She is joined by Louise Duncan and Shannon McWilliam which guarantees a Scot will be in the 36 hole final tomorrow.
‘’Brilliant, I couldn’t be happier for Shaz (Shannon McWilliam) and Louise (Duncan). I’ve seen how hard they’ve worked, Shaz has come back from an injury as well so that’s even better for her.
“What ever happens there will be one Scot in that final tomorrow, that really shows the strength that we have.”
Scholar secures semi-final
Duncan booked her place in the semi-final, against Darling, with a one up victory over England’s Jessica Baker.
The R&A scholar won a closely fought contest, where twice she came from a hole down to square the match, taking the lead for the first time on the penultimate hole. A par to halve the 18th was enough to seal the victory for Duncan.
She said, ‘’I was so nervous, but I managed to contain them, hopefully I can do the same this afternoon and I won’t be too far away.
McWilliam completes Scottish trio
Shannon McWilliam was the first of the three Scots to book her place after a 3&2 victory over Gracie Mayo.
After bogeying two out of the first four holes Shannon managed to compose herself which lead to victory in the end up.
‘’I’m feeling quite good, my golf wasn’t the best this morning but I still got the job done. I’m super excited for this afternoon.’’
Iceland’s Johanna Lea Luoviksdottir will face McWilliam in the semi-final after her 3&1 victory over Kate Lanigan.
Birdies on 11,12 and 16 were enough for her to take control on the back nine as she finished the game on 17.
She said, ‘’I am extremely happy, very excited for this afternoon as well.’’