New South Wales gun Kelsey Bennett has moved into the next round of match play at the Women’s Amateur.
Hailing from Mollymook on the state’s South Coast, Bennett was one of two Australians to make the head-to-head portion of the historic event, but will go it alone after West Australian Abbie Teasdale lost to Ffion Tynan of Wales 4&2.
Having qualified for the match play on one-over-par, two shots better than the cut off mark, Bennett struggled early in her match Canada’s Savannah Grewal, the World No.75 reaching the 9th hole at three-over for the day.
Then came the spark she needed.
With 185 metres left to the par-5 9th at Hunstanton, Bennett hit a perfect 6-iron that bounced and rolled up to within inches of the cup for an eagle that set her on her way.
Making her first trip to the UK, Bennett went on to defeat Grewal 2&1 and will now face the well credentialled local talent Annabell Fuller in the next round. Bennett chasing just the second Australian win at the Women’s Amateur since Edwina Kennedy in 1978 with some special support on hand.
“Very grateful to be able to travel again, that's for sure,” Bennet said. “It's great to see the European side of things because I haven't had a chance to meet these sort of girls … It's a privilege to be able to play alongside them.
“I have my nan, Betsy, here with me and it would be very special, here from Australia this week,” she added of taking he trophy.