From closer to home, Scotland’s Hannah Darling is the highest-placed home player on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) to be competing at Prince’s. The 19-year-old currently sits at 10th on the ranking.
The young Scot, who represents Broomieknowe GC, is twice a semi-finalist (2021 and 2022) in The Women’s Amateur and is looking forward to having another shot at victory.
“I can draw a lot from last year’s performance and even the performances of the last three years,” she says. “All three years I’ve been beaten by the eventual winner so that’s something to give me a bit of fuel going into the week.”
Darling, a former R&A Girls Amateur Champion and a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, knows what it takes to play well through what will be a long week of testing golf.
“I know I need to manage my energy during the week,” she says. “Depending on how far you make it in the match play you could end up playing a lot of golf so that’s something I’ve learnt in the past. I feel that my game is in a good place right now coming off a busy semester in the US but I’m excited to get back and play some links golf.”
A strong contingent from Asia and Australia will make the journey to Kent for The Women’s Amateur, while South and Central America, the Caribbean and Canada will also be represented.
Twelve golfers from the USA will take part at Prince’s, including 2021 US Women’s Amateur champion Jensen Castle and world number 31 Latanna Stone.
From Europe, no fewer than 15 Swedish players will start the event, including high-ranked Ingrid Lindblad. There are also 12 golfers from Spain, 10 players from Germany, including world number 20 Helen Briem, and ten entrants from France competing.