Dunne aiming for Indian prize golf
MARIA DUNNE will be gunning for a place in the quarter-finals of the 100th Usha All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at Delhi when she clashes with Malaysian player Geraldine Wong this morning.
The 33-year-old Skerries star secured her place in the final 16 after overcoming Thailand's Siripatsorn Patchana 2&1 in the first match-play round - having qualified for the last 32 in fourth spot after two rounds of stroke-play.
A run to the latter stages at New Delhi would cap a fine year for Dunne, who was one of captain Elaine Farquharson-Black's two Curtis Cup picks before going on to help the GB & Ireland side stun the USA 11.5-8.5 at Dún Laoghaire in June to regain the trophy.
That team success is added her to individual efforts in 2016 which have seen her finish third at Scottish Ladies Open Championship and ninth at the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship
Dunne has this week also been named in a 10-strong Vagliano Trophy contingent, who will meet for a pre-Christmas session at the Belfry next Wednesday and Thursday - and will also include compatriots Leona Maguire from Slieve Russell - the world number one - and Royal Co Down's Olivia Mehaffey, currently ranked third.
The GB&I Vagliano team of eight players, which will be skippered again by Farquharson-Black, will be named on May 18 ahead of the match against the Continent of Europe in Bogogno, Italy, from June 30-July 1.
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