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Women's Amateur Championship: I'm getting into the groove, says Daniella as she aims for history


Confident: Daniella Barrett
Confident: Daniella Barrett

By Paul Kelly

Daniella Barrett stayed on course to become the first ever Finnish winner of the Women's Amateur Championship after booking her place in the semi-finals at Royal County Down yesterday.

The 20-year-old handled the wet and windy conditions to keep her bid for history on track in the 116th staging of the championship.

"This has been one of my best-ever events. The key has been not to miss the fairways and hit the front and middle of the greens. I was two down at one point in my quarter-final and then made some good birdies to come back. I had a good feeling," said Barrett.

She ended the challenge of two-time Netherlands women's champion Zhen Bontan by one hole in the last-16 before coming back from two down after 12 holes against Euphemie Rhodes to win 2&1. Barrett faces Amelia Garvey in this morning's semi-final in pursuit of success.

In the second semi-final, Linn Grant will look to add to her growing list of achievements. The 19-year-old Swede, the highest-ranked player left in the championship at 25th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, produced two strong displays. She defeated Sara Kouskova by two holes in the last-16 before seeing off the challenge of left-hander Amalie Leth-Nissen, the youngest player in the field aged only 14, by a 5&3 scoreline.

The former Junior Solheim Cup player now faces England's Emily Toy.

"Winning here would be my biggest success so it would be really nice to do it. I'm going to try and stay relaxed and expect my opponent to hit really good shots and hole putts," said Grant.

"I have played a lot of golf in these conditions and I kind of like it. I like these courses where you have to be patient because of the weather."

Both semi-finals will be played this morning with the 18-hole final taking place from 1pm. Entry is free of charge for all spectators at Royal County Down.

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