Chloe Goadby loses out to defending champion at the 20th hole
English duo Emily Toy and Annabell Fuller produced incredible finishes on a dramatic day at the 117th Women’s Amateur Championship to reach the semi-finals.
On a fantastic Friday at West Lancashire, defending champion Toy and former Curtis Cup player Fuller joined Aline Krauter from Germany and Italy’s Emile Alba Paltrinieri in the last four.
Toy, who only qualified on the cut mark from stroke play qualifying, built on her impressive victories on Thursday with two nail-biting successes after extra holes. In her morning last-16 tie with Scot Chloe Goadby, Toy dug deep to win the 18th after Goadby found the water off the tee. The pair halved the 19th with birdies, before Toy delivered another to claim a memorable success at the 20th
More heroics from the Carlyon Bay member came in the afternoon. The 22-year-old, who is bidding to become the first player to defend the Women’s Amateur title since 2005, was four down after 10 holes to Lithuania’s Gilė Bitė Starkutė. Again, she refused to be defeated and took the match to extra time after winning the 18th with a superb up-and-down and then emerged victorious at the 19th, her 39th hole of the day. It was tough luck on Starkutė, who had beaten another English player, in-form Emily Price, 3&2 in the last-16.
Hannah Darling the other Scot in the last 16 lost 3&2 in the morning to Aline Krauter (Germany) who won in the afternoon and now meets Emily Toy in the semi finals tomorrow