The England international and Norfolk native can think of no better birthday present than standing with the Championship Cup, a Gold Medal and the Pam Barton Memorial Salver for beating the world’s elite in practically her own backyard.
“It most definitely would be a nice present, one that would be hard to top,” Williamson admitted.
At 47th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), Williamson isn’t the outright favourite. World number two Ingrid Lindblad, who recently finished low amateur in the US Women’s Open, holds that distinction.
Other strong top 20 challengers (WAGR® rankings in brackets) include Austrian Emma Spitz (eight), Caley McGinty (nine) of England, Alexandra Forsterling (12) of Germany, Scot Hannah Darling (14), Swede Meja Ortengren (15), Spanish international Carolina Lopez-Chacarra (18) and Italy’s Benedetta Moresco (26). Add in defending champion Louise Duncan (48) and Williamson clearly has her work cut out over the seaside links.
However, the Florida State player has one huge advantage: she is a Hunstanton member, as well as being a member of nearby Sheringham Golf Club. In fact, Williamson is the Hunstanton women’s course record holder. She returned a six-under 69 during a club competition on 12 August 2020.
Hunstanton course record
“I probably haven’t played as much there as people might think because I only joined in 2017 and I’ve been away in college, but it’s a course I know well and feel comfortable on,” she said. “The fairway bunkers are really well positioned. If you can hit a lot of fairways it makes it easier, especially on the par-5s. If you can do that then most of them are probably reachable and that’s a huge advantage around Hunstanton.”
Needless to say, Williamson will have much local support from the host club and Sheringham, where she holds a +4.7 handicap. Part of her fan club will include her mother and father, Tracey and Mark. Tracey is an England senior international, while Mark has been a Norfolk county captain and still plays off two. Amelia and Tracey made history at Woodhall Spa last year when they helped England win the women’s and senior women’s R&A Home Internationals, the first mother/daughter combo to achieve that feat.