European amateur champion Bronte Law has booked her place in this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open – despite losing her golf clubs.
Law’s clubs went astray on the return trip from Sweden – where she won her European title – and she had to use a combination of old and borrowed clubs at final qualifying at John O’Gaunt.
Undeterred, she shot five-under par 70 to share fourth place with American duo Amelia Lewis and Cydney Clanton. Law had five birdies on par-5s and did not drop a single shot
“I’m very pleased with that,” she said. “I thought I might struggle without my clubs but played really solid and didn’t drop any shots which I think is the key in an 18-hole qualifier. They are always a bit of a sprint.”
Law is enjoying a spectacular season. She helped GB&I to win the Curtis Cup with a perfect score of five wins from five matches; she had a key role in England’s victory in the European women’s team championship before winning the European individual title last week – and she’s been named as the top woman player in US college golf, where she is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles.
India’s Aditi Ashok carded a superb nine under par 66 to head the final qualifying field and win a place in her first Major. “It took me a couple of holes to settle,” admitted the18-year-old who won last year’s St Rule Trophy and Ladies’ British Amateur Stroke Play Championship before turning professional after winning the Ladies European Tour Lalla Aicha Qualifying School in Morocco.
The championship is at Woburn Golf Club from Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31