Gemma clings on after roller-coaster ride

CHESHIRE’S Gemma Clews, 19, came through a real roller-coaster against Staffordshire’s Samantha Meese to take her place in the quarter finals of the English women’s open mid-amateur championship at Bath.

She was five up after six holes; one down after 13; and all square after she birdied the short 14th.

The players halved the next two before Gemma finally won the match with a pair of pars on 17 and 18.

“It was all on the putting, for both of us,” said Gemma, who tied third in the recent Welsh open stroke play championship.

Now, she plays Chelsea Masters, who forged ahead on the back nine to beat Charlotte Hindmoor. The pair were neck and neck over the front nine, but Chelsea sped ahead when she won 11, 12 and 13. She chipped in for a birdie to halve 14 and then closed out the match by winning the long 5th with a par.

Meawnhile, Cornwall’s Sarah-Jane Boyd played her way into the quarter finals despite a dramatic dash to the course.

The reigning English amateur champion made her morning tee-time with just two minutes to spare, before pounding a drive straight down the middle of the first fairway and going on to win her morning match 2up and her afternoon game by 2/1.

“Who needs a warm-up?” she joked afterwards. “Very over-rated!”

The quarter finals are: Sammie Giles (St Mellion) v Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton); Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) v Chelsea Masters (Highwoods); Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) v Bethany Round (Enville); Jess Bradley (Tiverton) v Georgina Mundy (Corhampton)



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