Jess Baker produced an outstanding comeback at a rain-soaked Moortown Golf Club to stun Louise Burke and reach the quarter finals of the English Women’s Amateur Championship.
The Gosforth Park Ladies golfer had trailed by five holes at one stage but turned the match on its head before a birdie at the 18th secured her passage into the last eight and a meeting with Bel Wardle.
Earlier in the day, Wardle had completed a 3&1 victory over Danielle Hardwick and Baker says she knows she will have to be at her very best on Saturday against an opponent she knows well if she is to progress to the semi-finals.
“I can’t wait for the game tomorrow,” Baker said.
“I actually played Bel at the British Amateur not so long ago and it was a close match which finished on the 19th hole so I’m sure it’ll be close again tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it.
“It was a great game today against Danielle to be fair and to come back from five down was one of the greatest achievements I’ve had.
“I’m really proud of myself for sticking in there and just to make it to the 18th was a blessing for me so to finish it off with a birdie was great for me.”
In one of the first matches of the morning, Shannon O’Dwyer continued her excellent run of form as she won 3&2 against Katy Yates to back up her impressive victory over Rosie Belsham on Thursday.
The Durham golfer won three holes in a row on the front nine to take a commanding lead and she never surrendered that advantage.
She will take on Annabell Fuller in the last eight following the number one seed’s 4&2 success against Lily Hirst in the day’s first game and O’Dwyer is anticipating a tough encounter.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “I haven’t played Annabell before but I know she’s a great player so it’s going to be good for me to test my game against her.
“It was good to get the win today and it was just about keeping myself level towards the end of the round. I was missing a few greens towards the end but I managed to get the ball up and down and my short game was strong so I’m really pleased.”
Davina Xanh caused an upset of sorts as she knocked out the in-form Hannah Screen with a notable 3&2 victory in the driving rain at Moortown. Xanh had trailed by four holes on the front nine but she picked up seven of the next ten to claim a thoroughly impressive win.
The 2020 English Girls’ Amateur Stroke Play champion will face a tough test in the quarter finals against Amelia Williamson after the Hunstanton golfer earned a comfortable 6&5 success over Abigail Rowlands in the last 16.
The final quarter-final tie will see Kirsten Rudgeley take on Mia Eales-Smith after the pair put in exceptional performances to see off Ellie Gower and Harriet Lynch respectively. Rudgeley sailed into a four-hole lead on the front nine and despite being pegged back, she gathered herself to win the 14th and 15th holes and clinch victory.
Earlier on, Eales-Smith had had to withstand an outstanding comeback from Lynch to claim her spot in the last eight. The Lindrick golfer was six holes ahead with 12 played and despite Lynch winning the next three holes, Eales-Smith held on to record a 3&2 win and set up a mouth-watering tie against Rudgeley on Saturday morning.
Annabell Fuller vs Shannon O’Dwyer
Kirsten Rudgeley vs Mia Eales-Smith
Davina Xanh vs Amelia Williamson
Bel Wardle vs Jess Baker