The Scot, 18, is bidding to become the first player to win the R&A Girls’ U16, Girls’ Amateur and Women’s Amateur titles and booked her spot in the last eight after defeating Celina Sattelkau 3&1.
Darling, who recently represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup at Merion, had earlier beaten another German, Viktoria Maria Hund, in the last-32 by 4&3.
Darling won last year’s Girls’ Amateur at Fulford, the same venue for her U16 success in 2018. She now meets Alessandra Fanali from Italy in the quarter-finals, who was a 2&1 winner over Isabella Fierro.
The Broomieknowe member said, “It's always nice when you advance and you get a step closer. But there’s a lot of work left to do and I’m excited with what's to come. I played really steady this morning and made a few more mistakes this afternoon but I’m thoroughly comfortable out on the course and I’m enough with how I'm playing.”
With 10 different nationalities represented in the last-16, the international appeal of the Championship was again reflected. After defeating Curtis Cup player Annabell Fuller 3&2 in the last-32, Australian Kelsey Bennett continued to enjoy the warm conditions to reach the quarter-finals.
On her first ever visit to the UK, accompanied by her nan, Patsy, 80, for moral support, Bennett carded three birdies on her way to a 5&4 success against Maylis Lamoure from France.
“I like Hunstanton,” said Bennett. “The course has been very generous with the weather. It’s a great course and all the members here are unbelievable, like all the spotters and volunteers out there helping us are amazing.
“Nan decided to come here with me. She hasn't been here in 40 years. So we decided to come out, and she's been following me around which has been really, really nice.”
World number two exits
Bennett now faces Louise Rydqvist after she notably defeated her fellow Swede, Ingrid Lindblad, who sits second on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®). Rydqvist made four birdies en route to going four up at the turn and she withstood Lindblad’s comeback to win by two holes.
She commented, “I feel absolutely great. It was tough out there in the afternoon. It was fun playing with Ingrid, she's a teammate of mine. We know each other pretty well. I see her around in the US, too, since we both play college golf. She's absolutely a great golfer which everybody knows.
“It's exciting tomorrow. I've never really been on a live broadcast before so it will be a new experience and I guess it will be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it.”
Rydqvist was forced to go to the 19th in the last-32 before edging out Norwegian Emilie Overas.