British Amateur focus falls to men

Olivia Kline
Olivia Kline during her match with Norwegian Karoline Lund.

Australia’s last hope at the British Women’s Amateur fell last night, but the men’s challenge is about to go up a gear.

Victorian Olivia Kline fought gallantly until the bitter end, but fell 1-down in a high-quality round-of-64 match at Pyle & Kenfig in Wales overnight.

Kline had been 2-down at times midway through the front nine, but kept at her task throughout only to ultimately fall to Norwegian Karoline Lund on the final hole.

The Kingston Heath member had been the only Australian woman, of the five who qualified, to advance through the stroke play phase.

The Australian amateur focus will now switch to Sandwich, England, for the men’s British Amateur starting on Monday.

No fewer than 18 Aussies will take to the famous Royal St George’s Golf Club and nearby Prince’s with the top 64 to advance into the match play phase after two days of stroke.

The Australians (in order of tee time on Monday) are: Blake Collyer, David Micheluzzi, Daniel List, Will Heffernan, Kiran Day, James Grierson, Haydn Barron, Min Woo Lee, Charlie Dann, Shae Wools-Cobb, Kyle Michel, Travis Smyth, Blake Windred, Josh Armstrong, Zach Murray, Harrison Endycott, Dylan Perry and the in-form Ben Ferguson.

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