By Ronan MacNamara
Kate Lanigan. Photo by Golffile
It was a disappointing day for the Irish at the 118th Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock as Kate Lanigan bowed out at the quarter-final stage after she was beaten 3&1 by Icelandic Jóhanna Lea Lúdviksdóttir on Friday.
The Hermitage native battled back from an early deficit to go 1UP after 8 holes in a match where pars were winning holes. The match was level pegging at the turn before Lanigan’s par on the 10th saw her edge her way back in front. Unfortunately for her, Lúdviksdóttir seized control as back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 turned the tie on its head.
Lanigan levelled matters once again thanks to her only birdie of the day on 13 before Ludviksdóttir accelerated home – she was helped by Lanigan conceding 16 and 17.
Overall, Lanigan had a great week with a tight 2&1 win over Lorna McClymont sandwiched between two heavy victories.
The afternoon semi-finals were dramatic to say the least. Both matches went to 19 holes as Lúdviksdóttir and Scotland’s Louise Duncan were the last women standing at the end of a gruelling day. A birdie for Duncan was enough to see off Scottish compatriot Hannah Darling after Lúdviksdóttir edged into tomorrow’s final thanks to a par on the first extra hole to see off Shannon McWilliam.
The 36-hole final begins at 8.30 tomorrow morning.