KirkwoodGolf: Isobel Wardle wins all-English quarter-final in British girls championship

Friday, August 12, 2016

Isobel Wardle wins all-English quarter-final in British girls championship

Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech, North Wales

THIRD ROUND L-M Humphreys (Channels) bt S Kjeliker (Sweden) 1 hole
I Wardle (Prestbury) bt M P Sanmartin (Spain) 4 and 3
A Nobilio  (Italy) bt B Wallin (Sweden) 4 and 3
P Neira (Spain) bt P-L Hermansson (Sweden) 5 and 4
J Engstrom (Sweden) bt E Henseleit (Germany) at 20th 
S Nielsen (Denmark) bt M V Corbi (Italy) 3 and 1
E A Paltrinieri (Italy) bt M Stark (Sweden) 1 hole. 
M Stavnar (Norway) bt A Forsterling (Germany) 2 holes. 
Wardle bt Humphreys 2 and 1.
Nobilio bt Neira 7 and 5.
Engstrom bt Nielsen 5 and 4
Paltrinieri bt Stavnar  5 and 3.


    Lily-May Humphreys on the first tee in her third-round match this morning. Picture by Cal Carson   Golf Agency
 It's Lily-May versus Isobel for a place in Saturday's
 semi-finals at Harlech

England are assured of one representative in tomorrow morning's semi-finals of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship at Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech in North Wales.
 That's because Lily-May Humphreys, only 14, from Channels Golf Club, Chelmsford, and Isobel Wardle, 16, from Prestbury, Cheshire, won their third-round ties this morning and , as luck would have it, they play each other in the first quarter-final off the tee this afternoon. 
Humphreys won by one hole against Sweden's Sara Kjeliker who, as the last of the 64 match-play qualifiers, knocked out the top seed, her compatriot, Amanda Linner, in the first round.
 Lily-May trailed for most of this morning's match - two down after four holes, still two down at the turn, and one down on the 14th tee.
But the English girl got her game together just when she needed it most and after squaring the match, she edged ahead over the closing holes to win by one hole.
Lily-May was the 49th qualifier.
Isobel Wardle, the eighth seed, overpowered the Spanish girl who was the beaten finalist at West Kilbride in last year's championship - Marta Perez Sanmartin.
Wardle was two up after four, three up after nine and four up on the 11th tee. Sanmartin won a hole back to be three down playing 14 but she could not keep it up and Wardle won her place in the last eight by a 4 and 3 margin.
Paula Neira (Spain), the No 4 seed, won by 5 and 4 against Sweden's Pi-Lillebi Hermansson who beat Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam in the first round.
Neira trailed by one hole in the early stages but had a two-hole lead at the turn and went three up by winning the 10th. The writing was on the wall for the Swedish player when Neira went five up after 13.
She will now play Italy's Alessia Nobilio, the No 12 seed, who KO'd the No 5 seed from Sweden, Beatrice Wallin, who also lost in the third round of this championship 12 months ago.
Nobilio and Wallin were all square after four but, by the turn, Nobilio had established a three-hole lead which Wallin could not overcome as she went down by 4 and 3. 
 Sophie Nielsen (Denmark), the 11th qualifier,  played her way into the last eight with a 3 and 1 win over Italy's Maria Vittoria Corbi. Nielsen took a grip of this game around the turn. The Dane was two up after nine and then won the 10th. 
Corbi got a hole back to be two down on the 14th tee but that was as good as it got for her and the match ended on the 15th green.
British women's open amateur champion - the youngest ever - Julia Engstrom, 15 years old from Sweden, scrambled through into the last eight with a 20th hole victory over Esther Henseleit (Germany).
Julia was one down for most of the outward journey but had squared it by the 14th tee and it was a ding dong struggle after that, going all the way to the second extra hole before the World No 23 prevailed to earn a quarter-final tie against Sofie Nielsen (Denmark).
Engstrom actually won at the second extra hole with a bogey as she explained.
"Esther took two shots to come out of a bunker and I took three to get on the green, two-putting for a bogey 5 while Esther made 6," said Julia.
Engstrom now plays Nielsen for a place in the last four. Sweden had started the third round with five players still in the mix. But only Engstrom survives.
The last to go out was May Stark, beaten on the 18th green by Emilie Paltrinieri. It was a close match throughout with never more than a hole in it either way.
Paltrinieri now plays the No 2 seed, Norway's Madelene Stavnar who won by two holes against the 18th qualifier, Alexandra Forsterling (Germany) who reached the quarter-finals of this championship 12 months ago.
Both Stavnar and Forsterling led at different stages of the outward journey and Stavnar won the 10th hole to square the contest. The Norwegian edged again to be one up after 13 and hung on to her lead, doubling it by winning the 18th.

 Isobel Wardle in action below this morning. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency