Friday, June 29, 2018

Lancashire lass Hollie through to last four of British women's amateur ch/ship

Hollie Muse (West Lancashire Golf Club) kept the English flag flying after this afternoon's quarter-finals of the British women's open amateur championship at Hillside Golf Club, Southport by beating former British girls open champion Emilie Paltrinieri (Italy) 5 and 4 to reach Saturday morning's semi-finals.
Muse will now play Stephanie Lau (USA) and in the other semi-final it will be Canada's Jaclyn Lee versus Leonie Harm (Germany).


H Muse (West Lancs) bt A Bergner (Ger) 4 and 3.
E Paltrinieri (Ita) bt I Fierro (Mex) 2 and 1
S Lau (USA) bt A Nobilio (Ita) 1 hole.
E Overas (Norway) bt C R Sattelkau (Ger) at 20th

K Fredgaard (Cze) bt A Backman (Fin) 5 and 3.
J Lee (Can) bt S Kourkova (Cze) 6 and 5.
L Harm (Ger) bt A Krauter (Ger) 6 and 5
P Schmid (Switz) bt G Blackman (Chelmsford) 1 hole.

Muse bt Paltrinieri 5 and 4.
Lau bt Overas 3 and 2.
Lee bt Fredgaard 2 and 1.
Harm bt Schmid 4 and 3


LGU and RandA Lockup
Local favourite Hollie Muse again battled injury to book her spot in the semi-finals of the 115th Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club, Southport today (Friday).
The 18-year-old Liverpool golfer suffered a painful injury to her groin when she fell on uneven ground on Wednesday but that didn’t halt Muse as she delighted the home crowd with a stunning display of golf, defeating Germany’s Ava Bergner 4 and 3 in the morning and then confirming her place in Saturday’s semi-final with a 5 and 4 victory over former British Girls Amateur champion Emilie Paltrinieri in the afternoon.
Muse, who attends Daytona State College in the United States, will now play American Stephanie Lau, who defeated Norway’s Emilie Øverås 3 and 2 for a place in the final and the chance to lift the historic trophy.
The 21-year-old Northwestern Univeristy student earlier knocked out Italy’s Alessia Nobilio in a tight affair that went to the last hole.
Lau could meet her good friend Jaclyn Lee in the championship decider. The pair both play college golf in the US (Lee at Ohio State) and are used to competing against each other on the circuit.
Lee, from Canada, secured her place in the semi-finals beating Denmark’s Karen Fredgaard 2 and 1 following an impressive 6 and 5 third-round victory over the Czech Republic’s Sara Kouskova.
Lee must overcome Germany’s Leonie Harm to progress to the final after the 20-year-old Stuttgart golfer defeated Switzerland’s Priscilla Schmid 4 and 3. The University of Houston student came through a tie with her countrywoman Aline Krauter 6 and 5.
The semi-finals get underway at 8.30am on Saturday with the final scheduled to tee off later in the afternoon at 1pm.
Key Quotes:
Hollie Muse, England
“It feels amazing (reaching the semi-finals), it really does. I didn’t think I’d be able to get this far after injuring myself on the second day of the stroke play but I’ve just kept battling. I’m in so much pain but it’s worth it. I’ve come so far and I’m not going to give up now.
“The injury definitely helps me play within my game. I’ve never really made bad decisions because of that so it’s helping me a lot. Today was a tough match against Paltrinieri. It was so competitive and probably the most competitive game I’ve had this week. Even though it was my biggest win I thought it was still the hardest mentally and golf wise.
“To be honest I was nervous (with the crowd following) but they were all from my own club and I know a lot of members from Hillside because I’m local. My dad’s society came who have known me since I was 10 so that was nice to see them too.”

Stephanie Lau, United States
“I’m really ecstatic. I just kept it on the fairway and tried to hit as many greens as I could. That’s what is needed on this golf course.
“I’ve not really played links golf before. This is my first formal tournament playing on a links course. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve had to be creative but I like it.
“I’m excited to play anyone. Just to be in this position is a lot of fun and I have my really good friend caddie for me so we’re just having a blast out there.
“I think we'll stick to the same game plan as today. I’ve kept telling myself I’m in it for the long run so I will just keeping on doing that.”
Jaclyn Lee, Canada 
“It feels pretty good to be here, I was last over in the UK for the Ladies Amateur Championship a couple of years ago and didn’t fair too well so this has been a nice redemption.
“I think that just concentrating on keeping the ball in play off the tee and out of the bunkers is really important on this golf course.
“I’m having a lot of fun here. I have the rest of my team-mates here from Canada and it’s been great to see a lot of familiar faces from college golf here too, so it’s been cool.
Leonie Harm, Germany
“I arrived really late on Sunday night here and just played a practice round half asleep and had no clue how to play the course. In the first round of stroke play I had no clue what was going on and was just hitting four irons to get the ball into play but it worked out pretty well just staying out of the bunkers to keep it going. I’m very excited.
“I guess I’m going to stick to the game plan no matter what Jaclyn (Lee) or anyone else later is going to do. I did that well today also even though my opponent hit driver a lot, I just kept the little ones going and just tried to hit it close with the longer shots.
“Well it’s really exciting (to be representing Germany). We had a bad defeat in the World Cup in soccer, so our pride and nationality took a hit, so hopefully we can do better in golf.

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