Murphy leads Boys Amateur qualifiers as nine Irish make matchplay stages

Jack Murphy Photo by Luke Walker/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Meja Ortengren led the qualifiers for the match play stage of The R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Fulford with Jack Murphy and Connor Graham leading The R&A Boy’s Amateur Championship at Ganton today.

The 18-year-old Swede produced a scintillating seven-under-par round of 67 at Fulford, which featured two eagles, on her way to a 12-under-par total for the two qualifying rounds, five ahead of her nearest challenger, compatriot Josefin Widal.

Jack Murphy and Connor Graham led the way into the match play stage in the Boys’ Amateur Championship finishing tied on seven-under-par after the second qualifying round at Ganton.


The Douglas star who shot a course record 63 on day one will be joined in the last-64 of the matchplay by John Doyle (Fota Island), Fionn Dobbin (Malone) and Donnacha Cleary (Tipperary) while Olivia Costello (Roscommon), Marina Joyce-Moreno, Emma Fleming (Elm Park), Kate Dillon (Oughterard) and Roisin Scanlon progressed to the last-64 of the Girls Amateur.

Early morning fog caused a one-hour delay at Ganton but that did not deter Scotland’s Graham on the way to carding a one-under round of 70. Murphy was among the late finishers and came in with a two-over-par 73.

Stroke play qualifying for the Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur Championships was played simultaneously at renowned Yorkshire venues Ganton and Fulford, with the match play stages of both championships taking place at Ganton from tomorrow.

The Girls’ Amateur

Meja Ortengren turned on the style to lead a total of 64 players in qualifying from a starting field of 144 in the 94th staging of the Girls’ Amateur Championship.

The Swede, who made her debut in the championship last year at Carnoustie, moved up a gear at the 6th at Fulford when she holed her wedge shot from 75 yards out for an eagle three. Birdies followed at the 11th, 13th and 16th and then she produced a grandstand finish, holing a putt for an eagle three from just off the green.

Ortengren is the second highest-ranked player in the field in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) at 14th. She was part of Sweden’s winning team at last year’s Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships and was tied in the individual competition with Rose Zhang, the former world number one who has recently turned professional, and her fellow competitor this week Helen Briem from Germany.

Briem, who is ranked tenth in WAGR®, is also among the leading qualifiers, finishing on five-under-par, after a one-under round of 73 at Fulford.

Former R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur champion Francesca Fiollerini from Italy was on the same mark, one behind Spain’s Andrea Revuelta and Yana Beeli of Switzerland. Isla McDonald-O’Brien was the leading English qualifier on four-under-par, one shot ahead of Olivia Costello from Roscommon, Belgium’s Savannah De Bock and Sara Brentcheneff of France.

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