Thursday, August 13, 2015

World No. 3 Parra KOs top seed Kinhult to 

reach last 4 on day of hot scoring at W Kilbride

The great run of 15-year-old top seed Frida Kinhult from Sweden ended in the quarter-finals on another  warm afternoon at West Kilbride Golf Club.
Frida was beaten 3 and 2 by Spain's Maria Parra (pictured playing her approach to the first hole), who is the highest rated player in the championship, being No 3 in the current Women's World Amateur Rankings.
Parra (17) was roughly four under par in taking the measure of her younger opponent who seemed to tire in the heat in the closing stages.
Perhaps the fast pace of the match was Kinhult's undoing. The 16-hole tie was all over in 2hr 35min, a incredible pace of play - and in a major girls' championship.
Parra, the European women's amateur champion, birdied the 10th to go two up, regaining a two-hole advantage she had established by winning the first with a par and the third with a birdie.
Kinhult had birdied the sixth to cut her deficit to one.
The young Swede birdied the 11th and 12th to square the match but that was as good as it got for Kinhult.
Parra was conceded a winning birdie 4 at the 15th and then birdied the 16th to go two up at a vital stage of the contest. The Spanish player finished the match with a birdie 3 at the 16th for a 3 and 2 victory to reach the semi-finals.
The standard of play in all four ties was terrific with birdies galore and the odd eagle popping up as well. 
Maria's opponent will be Norway's Sandra Nordaas who won her quarter-final at the 20th against Ivanna Samu from Johannesburg with a birdie 3. Nordaas also won at the 20th in her morning third-round tie.
The Nordaas v Samu had probably the best figures of the day with a total of 12 birdies. In an exciting finish, Nordaas birdied the 13th to square the match and wotn the 14th with another birdie.
Back came  the 16-year-old Samu with a winning birdie at the 16th and the 17th was halved in birdies.
A pair of par 4s sent the match down the 19th - which was halved in birdie 3s! And a fitting end to a great match saw a birdie decide it. Nordass got the match-winner, her third birdie in the last four holes she played.
The Norwegian was roughly six under par for the 20 holes.

The second player to book her place in the Friday morning action was Marta Sanmartin, a one-hole winner over Dimana Emilova in an all-Spanish quarter-final.
There were nine birdies in this match , Sanmarti winning the first two holes with sub-par figures. She got to three up after five but then birdied the sixth and eighth to get on terms.s
Sanmartin won the 11th (with a birdie) and the 12th to square the match. The 13th was halved in birdies.
Inevitably it was a birdie that decided an engrossing contest with Sanmartin's 3 at the 16th putting her into the lead which she maintained with halves at the last two holes.
 It will be an all-Spanish second semi-final with Sanmartin opposing compatriot Ana Pelaez, the Ping Junior Solheim Cup qualifying points table leader.
She won by one hole against Alexandra Forsterling from Germany
  after a match in which there was never more than a hole in it either way. Forsterling made a brave bid in the closing stages, holing a pitch for an eagle 2 at the 16th to square the tie.
But she bogeyed the 17th with three putts to allow Paelez to slip back into a one-hole lead which she maintained with half at the last hole.


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

Parra bt Kinhult 3 and 2
Nordaas bt Samu at 20th
Sanmartin bt Emilova 1 hole
Pelaez bt  Forsterling 1 hole.