Taipei’s Amy Hung carded a three under par 69 to head the field at Final Qualifying for the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Caldy Golf Club.
The 32 year-old LPGA Tour player defied blustery conditions to post four birdies on the way to finishing two shots ahead of Brazil’s Miriam Nagl.
On what turned out to be a very good day for the strong amateur contingent, English Curtis Cup player, Bronte Law, shared third place with Japanese professional, Aiko Ueno, on level par 72 while three other English amateurs, Emily Taylor, Charley Hull and Alexandra Peters, also booked a place in this week’s Championship by finishing tied for fifth place alongside Ireland’s Rebecca Codd and Australians, Stephanie Na and Danielle Montgomery, on one over par 73.
A total of eight amateurs claimed spots in the Championship which starts at Royal Liverpool on Thursday. England’s Holly Clyburn shared 11th place with South Africa’s Stacy Lee Bregman on three over par 74 and China’s Jing Yan, England’s Charlotte Thompson and Amy Boulden from Wales were tied alongside Linda Wessberg, Sophie Sandolo and Nikki Garrett on 75.
Hung missed the cut at last week’s LPGA event in Williamsburg, Virginia, and elected to jump straight on a plane in order to walk the Caldy course ahead of Final Final Qualifying.
“I guess it was a good idea,” she said. “I played really well and hit 15 or 16 greens in regulation.”
“I have been struggling with back problems for the last two year but my trainer has started to travel with me and that’s been a big help,” she added.
“I felt nice and loose today and am looking forward to getting started on Thursday.”
Reigning English Girls’ champion, Taylor, led the field at the recent Pre-Qualifying tournament at the Berkshire but twice found water before qualifying for her first Ricoh Women’s British Open with two shots to spare.
“It was an up and down day,” Taylor said. “I had a couple of double bogeys early on but that was down to poor course management on my part.
“I really had to battle hard. I just tried to hold things together and to remind myself that this was my shot at playing in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
“Playing in The Open is massive for me,” she added. “I tried to qualify last year but missed out by two and that made me want it even more. If you can put on a good show in the Open your career can come on leaps and bounds. It is so exciting to be playing alongside the world’s best.”
13 players who finished on four over par 76 played off four alternate places. A full list of qualifiers and the alternates can be found on www.lgu.org.
English unless stated (* denotes amateur)
69 – Amy Hung (Tai)
71- Miriam Nagl (Bra)
72 – Aiko Ueno (Jap), Bronte Law*
73 – Emily Taylor*, Charley Hull*, Alexandra Peters*, Rebecca Codd (Ire), Stephanie Na (Aust), Danielle Montgomery (Aust)
74- Holly Clyburn*, Stacy Lee Bregman (SA)
75 – Jing Yan* (Chi), Charlotte Thompson*, Amy Boulden* (Wal), Linda Wessberg (Swe), Sophie Sandolo (It), Nikki Garrett (Aust), Tania Elosegui (Spa), Valentine Derrey (Fra) 75, Rachel Bailey (Aust)