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British Ladies Amateur Open: Meadow falls short in glory shot

By Peter Hutcheon

Stephanie Meadow’s hopes of being crowned British Ladies Amateur Open champion on her home course at Royal Portrush were dashed as she fell to a four and three third round defeat to South African Kim Williams yesterday.



The last Irish woman standing had high hopes of going all the way after seeing off number one seed Spaniard Camilla Hedberg in the second round.

But against Williams she fell two holes behind early on and despite rallying around the turn, lost the 11th and 13th to go four down with five to play and could only halve the next two to concede defeat. Williams was in turn beaten by Amy Boulden from Wales four and three in the quarter-finals.

And the 17-year-old completes an all-teenage line-up for today’s semi-finals. She plays 18-year-old Frenchwoman Alexandra Bonetti this morning while 19-year-old defending champion Kelly Tidy from Lancashire will take on 16-year-old Lauren Taylor from Buckinghamshire. The final will be played in the afternoon. Boulden is the highest ranked qualifier for the last four, reaching the knockout stage at Royal Portrush in ninth place.

She has been chosen to play for Great Britain and Ireland in both the Astor Trophy at Fairhaven next week and the Vagliano Trophy at Porthcawl the following week.

“I came to Northern Ireland playing well and I’ve been able to keep my form going, although I didn’t strike the ball as well as I can against Kim,” she said.

“Fortunately I chipped well and I holed out well and that counts for a lot in match play.”

Bonetti, who won the British Girls’ Amateur Open at Royal Belfast last year, saw off South Africa’s Illiska Verwey in her quarter-final which went to an extra play-off hole.

Tidy was six under par for her matches en route to the semi-finals, beating fellow English girl Charlotte Wild four and three.

Taylor also won her quarter-final four and three, beating France’s Perrine Delacour.

“I’m not doing anything special,” she said. “My dad and I decided that I would just relax and let it happen. Maybe in the past I’ve tried too hard and not played my best.”

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