Olarra Punches Ticket To Championship Match At Ladies' British Amateur|
June 17, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gamecock junior golfer Ainhoa Olarra secured a spot in the championship match at the 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship after earning a victory over Norway’s Stina Resen in Saturday morning’s semifinal round at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in South Wales.
Olarra, the No. 39 seed in the 64-player match-play bracket, picked up her fifth head-to-head win of the tournament after topping Resen 4&3. The San Sebastian, Spain, native will now face world No. 1 amateur Leona Maguire in the finals, set to get underway later today.
After halving the first two holes, Olarra took a 1-up lead over Resen following a birdie on the par-4 third. Another birdie on No. 6 pushed her advantage to 2-up, and she headed to the turn with a 3-up lead after her third birdie of the morning on the par-5 ninth.
A pair of bogeys from Resen on Nos. 12 and 13 helped extend the Carolina standout’s lead to 4-up, and Olarra secured the victory with a birdie on the par-3 15th.
Maguire, a native of Ireland, posted a 3&2 win over Finland’s Anna Backman to punch her ticket to the finals.
The winner of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur will earn a spot in next month’s U.S. Women’s Open and August’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. Olarra advanced to match play after earning a top-64 finish (39th, +7) at the conclusion of 36 holes of stroke play on Wednesday.
Live scoring of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur can be found on randa.org, and fans can follow South Carolina women’s golf on Twitter (@GamecockWGolf) for updates throughout the championship match.