By Ronan MacNamara
Kate Lanigan. Photo by Golffile
Kate Lanigan was the last Irish woman standing after day two of the match play stages at the 118th Women’s Amateur Championship after she defeated Ffion Tynan of Wales 4&3.
A birdie on her 15th hole was enough for the Hermitage player to see off her Welsh opponent to advance to the quarter-final.
Lanigan fell behind after the first hole but took control after the 7th hole and went one-under until the 15th to get over the line with three holes to spare.
Sara Byrne suffered a hammering defeat at the hands of Scottish woman Louise Duncan as her bid for a maiden Amateur Championship came to an end on Thursday afternoon. Byrne was easily beaten 6&4 to bow out at a whimper.
Six Irish advanced to the last-32 on Thursday morning and that quickly became two after the morning session, as Kate Lanigan and Sara Byrne marched into the last-16 in the afternoon, winning 2&1 and 3&2 respectively.
Sara Byrne. Photo by Golffile
Giant killer, Aine Donegan was sent packing after a tight affair against Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam gong down 2&1 in a match she never led in.
Teenage sensation Beth Coulter suffered heartbreak as a bogey on the 18th hole saw her crash out to Ffion Tynan of Wales before Emily Toy eased to a 4&3 victory over Ireland’s Rebekah Gardner.
Croham Hurst native Canice Screene went down 2&1 against Emma Allen in her last-32 clash, Screene went behind after the opening hole but levelled matters at the turn before back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 left her with too much to do.
Lanigan will face Iceland’s Johanna Lewa Lúdoviksdóttier in Friday’s quarter final tomorrow morning with the winner progressing to the semi final in the afternoon.
Lanigan is the only Irish woman remaining as she looks to add her name alongside Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire.
Lanigan will lead the Irish challenge for the remainder of the tournament as she plays Lúdviksdóttir at 08:30 on Friday morning.