KirkwoodGolf: British girls championship at West Kilbride

Thursday, August 13, 2015

British girls championship at West Kilbride

Top seed Frida shoots seven birdies as she sweeps into quarter-finals

Frida Kinhult, the 15-year-old Swedish player and No 1 seed in the match-play stages of the British girls open amateur championship at West Kilbride, swept into this afternoon's quarter-finals with an impressive third-round win by 5 and 3 against compatriot Christine Danielsson.
On a beautful warm, sunny morning at the North Ayrshire links venue, Frida, pictured above, claimed seven of the total of nine birdies in the match.
"I am putting well and that makes the difference. I finished 15th in the Annika Invitational ast week and thought if I could improve my putting I could do well in the British championship," said Frida.
"So I have been practising my putting, and my short game, a lot and I think it has helped a lot."
Kinhult lost the second but birdied the third to get back to all square.
Then she was bunkered at the fourth and went back to one down.
Frida got her second birdie of the round, a pitch-and-putt 4, to square the contest again at the long seventh.
She led for the first time with a par at the eighth where Danielsson was bunkered.
Kinhult holed a 40ft putt for a birdie 3 to go two up at the 10th.
The 11th was halved in birdies before Frida brought the match to an early conclusion with birdies at the 12th, 13tth and 14th.
The 13th was actually halved in birdies so that Kinhult was four up on the 15th tee. She won that hole on a concession for a 5 and 3 s
success with roughly four of five under par figures.
Frida now plays the World No 3 female amateur, Maria Parra (Spain) who holed a 30ft birdie putt from the back of the 18th green to win by one hole against Vanessa Knecht (Norway) who is world ranked No 472
Knecht  was two up at the 12th and well on her way to the major upset result of the championship. But Parra had different ideas. She raised her game when she needed it most to square the match with wins at the 13th and 14th. 
Then Parra regained a lead she had held before the turn by winning the 15th as well. Knecht was finished yet though. She won the 17th to be level on the 18th tee.
Then came Parra's last hole birdie to KO Knecht who had just failed with her putt for a 4.
Sandra Nordaas from Norway lost two of the first three holes to Eva Gilly (France) but had turned it around by the turn, at which point she was two up. Nordaas went on to win by 5 and 4.
Sandra now faces  Ivanna Suma from Johannesburg, a 4 and 2 winner against Mathilde Fredensborg (Denmark). Suma took a stranglehold on the outcome by winning four of the  first six holes and was three up at the turn.
Dimana Emilova from Spain beat repeating Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell by 5 and 4 after taking a three-hole lead over the first six holes and standing four up on the ninth tee.
Daughter of a Scottish club pro in Germany, Fiona had been the only player with British connections to reach the last 16.
Emilova's quarter-final opponent is Spain's Marta Sanmartin who won by one hole over Sweden's Beatrice Wallin. There was rarely more than a hole in it either way in this squeaky tight match which was all square after eight holes and again aftverer 12. Sanmartin got her nose in front as the winning line approached.
The last of the quarter-finals featured World No 43 and Ping Junior Solheim Cup points table leader Ana Pelaez from Spain against Alexandra Forsterling from Germany, ranked 1136 in the world.
Pelaez prevailed by 2 and 1 in the third round against compatriot Maria Galvez.
In fact, Galvez, world ranked No 223, was two up at the turn. 
Pelaez started her fight back by winning the 12
th and she squared the game then establish a two-hole lead down the home straight.
Forsterling was a 4 and 2 winner over France's Chloe Salort who was one up at the turn but three down after 15 hole. She won the 16th for the match.

F Kinhult (Swe) bt C Danielsson (Swe) 5 and 3
M Parra (Spa) bt V Knecht (Swi) 1 hole.
S Nordaas (Nor) bt E Gilly (Fra) 5 and 4.
I Samu (SAf) bt M Fredensborg (Den) 4 and 2.
D V Emilova (Spa) bt F Liddell (Sco) 4 and 2.
M P Sanmartin (Spa) bt B Wallin (Swe) 2 and 1.
A Pelaez (Spa|) bt M H Galvez (Spa) 2 and 1.
A Forsterling (Ger) bt C Salort (Fra( 4 and 2