Corbi ends Samu’s run in Wales

Ivanna Samu’s run in the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship in Wales shrieked to a stop after Maria Vittoria Corbi from Italy downed the country’s top ranked amateur in the first round of the match play stage on Thursday.

South Africa’s number two ranked Kaleigh Telfer failed to make the top 64, but 17-year-old Samu claimed a superb six place finish in the 36-hole Qualifier to start the match play stage ranked sixth at Royal St David’s Golf Club.

Corbi, meanwhile, battled in the qualifier and was ranked 59th after finishing in a tie for 58th with rounds of 79 and 73.

However, the 2015 Scottish Girls U-14 champion showcased her skills on a very blustery day in Harlech and the 15-year-old Italian eliminated Samu 5 & 4.

Having reached the quarter-finals last year, the South African was understandably disappointed to get her marching orders so early in the championship.

“I had two very solid rounds in the stroke play qualifier, but today it just wasn’t my day,” said the Ruimsig golfer. “It is very disappointing to get knocked out in the first round, especially after travelling all the way from South Africa to compete, but unfortunately, that is the nature of match play.

“I believe that any chance to get some experience on the international stage is a valuable opportunity and I am really grateful that Womens Golf South Africa gave Kaleigh and I another chance to compete in this highly-rated championship.

“You always come away with experience gained and that is crucial to developing your game both mentally and physically. It was great to compete for the three days, to meet some new people and to play a course that doesn’t compare to anything we have at home.”

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association and Womens Golf South Africa.

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