Jess Baker, Jess Hall and Rosie Belsham reach matchplay stages of the 120th Women’s Amateur at Prince’s
The North East’s three representatives in the 120th Women’s Amateur Championship at Prince’s – including defending champion Jess Baker – reached the matchplay stages of the event after 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying.
Beth Coulter led qualifying with a five under-par total as 70 players made the cut at seven over-par and better. Jess Hall led the trio from the North East in a tie for 10th place on level-par with Jess Baker finishing T23 (two over-par) and Rosie in T49 (six over-par).
Jess Baker said: “I’m really pleased with today. I’m really proud with that finish, that back nine. There is a bit of pressure this week, but I’m pleased to come out the other side and into the matchplay. This year has definitely given me satisfaction, sort of got my name up there a little bit. The experiences I’ve had at the majors have been unbelievable. I’ve taken so much from this year and that will help me look forward.”
The field is set to be reduced to 64 with a preliminary round of matches on Thursday morning, in which Rosie will play American Jensen Castle, before the round of 64 begins.
In the round of 64, to be played Thursday afternoon, Bishop Auckland-based Jess Hall will meet Germany’s Chiara Horder while Jess Baker will play Scotland’s Jasmine Mackintosh.
The winner of the championship gains entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, Amundi Evian Championship, Chevron Championship and, by tradition, will earn an invitation to compete at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
The R&A will provide live video coverage of the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday and Final on Sunday. This can be watched on The R&A’s website, randa.org, as well as its YouTube channel.