German amateur Chiara Horder Wins the Women’s Amateur Championship

German amateur Chiara Horder defeated world number one amateur golfer Ingrid Lindblad to face Annabelle Pancake in the final of the 120th Women’s Amateur Championship.

The 20-year-old, ranked 273 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), caused the surprise of the week at Prince’s, beating the Swede 4-3 in the semifinals on the Kent coast.American Pancake, 123rd in the world, is in the UK for the first time but has quickly adapted to the tough and fast conditions, beating Elin Pudas Remler 2&1 in the round of the last four.

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Chiara Horder Next Ambition

Horder is now aiming to become the third German player to win the Women’s Amateur in the last six years, while 21-year-old Pancake is aiming to become the first winner from the United States since Kelli Kuehne in 1996.

The winner of the 36-hole final will receive eligibility for the AIG Women’s Open, the US Women’s Open, the Amundi Evian Championship, the Chevron Championship and, traditionally, an invitation to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.

For 23-year-old Lindblad, who finished second in the stroke play qualifier and also dominated in the earlier rounds of match play, it was a notable achievement for Germany international Horder, who has failed in two previous participations in the Women’s Amateur got past the round of 32.

Lindblad fell behind early against Horder after her birdie on the par 5 2nd hole. The Swede equalized with a birdie on the 8, only to bogey on the 10. Horder’s amazing Eagle on the 12 and Lindblad’s troubles in the rough on the 13 suddenly gave the German a three-shot lead. In front of a large crowd and in warm conditions, Horder closed the game with another eagle on the 15th minute.

Pancake managed an eagle on the 2 – her second of the day – to put Pudas Remler ahead. When the Swede, who was making her Championships debut this week, threw in an approach shot from five yards out on the 6 and it was even again. A bogey on the 7th hole put the 18-year-old back behind, which she was able to compensate for with a birdie on the par 3 hole 11. But Pancake – with her mother Libby as caddy – took control with birdies on the 12th, 15th and 16th and triumphed.

The R&A will again broadcast the final live tomorrow from 8.30 a.m. on its website www.randa.org and on its YouTube channel. Live coverage will also be broadcast by Sky Sports Golf.

In this morning’s quarter-finals, Lindblad shone in her encounter with Kajsa Arwefjall of Sweden. After only one bogey in her two games on Friday, she stayed clean this time and made six birdies. After nine holes, Lindblad led by three shots and won 4&3.

Pudas Remler was also able to impressively put the Irish Beth Coulter, the leading qualifier in stroke play, in her place. Pudas Remler was just a hole ahead after eight holes before a bogey by Coulter and two birdies by the Swede put her in fourth. Coulter responded with three birdies, but Pudas Remler made two putts on the 15th and 16th for a 3&2 win.

Pancake and Catherine Rao, who met in last year’s US Women’s Amateur Round of 16, fought a close duel that Rao won. Pancake birdied the first two holes and was never behind, but was down to one hole before the last four holes. Rao played a brilliant tee shot on the par 3 17th and a five yard approach on the 18th, but Pancake stood his ground and holed from 20 yards for a winning birdie on the last hole.

Chiara Horder Upturn

German amateur Chiara Horder never led in their quarterfinals until their win on the 19th hole against Ffion Tynan. The 20-year-old from Wales was two shots up after 11 holes but struggled in the end to allow the German to progress.

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