Emily keeps home hopes alive at Women’s Matchplay

Emily Coleman

Staffordshire’s Emily Coleman fought back to beat top seed Brogan Townend on the 19th and reach the semi-finals of the English women’s matchplay championship, on her home course of Trentham.

“I’m excited for tomorrow,” said the 19-year-old, who will play England Golf women’s squad member Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe).

The other semi-final will be between Sophie Keech (Parkstone) and Dulcie Sverdloff (Orsett) – who were the joint winners of the Astor Salver at The Berkshire earlier this season.

Coleman (image © Leaderboard Photography) kept alive Trentham’s hopes of a home winner when she staged an impressive comeback after being three down with four to play in her quarter final. “Dad said ‘give it your all now’ and I did!” she reported.

She won 15, halved 16 and then birdied both 17 and 18 to get back to all square, before parring the 19th to win the match. “I had a big crowd from the club following all the way round and members of other golf clubs in the county and it was good to play in front of them,” she said.

Earlier in the day she beat Rhiannon Thomas (Wales) 5/3. Townend (Pleasington) made her way into the quarter finals with a 3/2 win over another Staffordshire player, Bronwyn Davies (Wolstanton).

Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) also went to the 19th in a ding-dong quarter final match against Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford). There was little to separate the two players throughout the game: “It was one up, all square, one up all the way in the back nine,” said Bailey. “Georgina made a good birdie on 17 so we went down 18 all square and then both missed birdie putts.” A solid par on the 19th gave her the win.

In the first round, Bailey had just one bogey on her way to a 4/3 win over Eloise Healey (West Lancashire).

Sophie Keech trailed Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) until the 14th this afternoon. Then in the space of two holes she moved from one-down to one-up, thanks to a birdie and a chip-in, and went on to finish two up. Earlier, she defeated Julie Brown, a Trentham member, an England senior international – and the mother of Emily Coleman. 

Dulcie Sverdloff pulled off an impressive save in her morning match after being two down with five to play against Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills). She eventually won two up and said: “That was probably my most important match of the day.” This afternoon she played steadily to defeat Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa) 5/4.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” she said, reviewing her match against Keech. “We are the joint winners of the Astor Salver so there will be a battle there!”

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