Prodigy ends Shellback's run

Silvia Brunotti
Silvia Brunotti, at 14, could be the second youngest player to win the NZ Amateur tomorrow. Picture: NZ Golf

Australia's run at the New Zealand Amateur Championship came to an end today in the face of an extraordinary achievement in Christchurch.

Louis Dobbelaar bowed out in the quarter-finals of the men's title in the morning, but Jade Shellback kept the flag flying with an impressive 2&1 victory over Caryn Khoo in the women's section at Russley Golf Club.

But Shellback's magical run to the final four would end just there at the hands of a 14-year-old prodigy.

Auckland's Silvia Brunotti spotted Shellback an early lead in their semi-final, but ran down her opponent 5&4 as the Victorian-based Queenslander made three back-nine bogeys to end her impressive week.

Brunotti will face defending champ Rose Zheng in tomorrow's final with the aim of becoming the event's second youngest champion behind long-time world No.1 Lydia Ko.

The men's final will be contested by Tom Parker and Daniel Hillier.

Dobbelaar, who had won an extraordinary seven matches in a row at this event dating back to last year's title run, just couldn't make inroads on Hayato Miya, eventually falling 4&3.

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