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Wilson goes out with head high in US Women's Amateur semis


Annabel Wilson

Annabel Wilson

Annabel Wilson

Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson was looking at the positives despite falling 2&1 to eventual runner-up Monet Chun of Canada in the semi-finals of the US Women’s Amateur at Chambers Bay.

Ranked 144th in the world, Wilson has struggled recently at UCLA and did not retain her place in the Curtis Cup team, having failed to win a match in the 2021 edition.

But she has slowly regained confidence working with coach Peter Martin and while she was far from her best against Chun, she left Washington with her head held high as Chun fell 11&9 to Japan’s Saki Baba in the final.

“I think on the front nine I just made a few wrong decisions, and that put me in kind of no-zone areas and couldn’t make up-and-down for par,” Wilson said. “But other than that, I was happy. I was able to keep going right until the end.”

The first Irishwoman to reach the semi-finals since Mary McKenna in 1980, she added: “It’s a great game.

“You’re always learning. You’re always battling, whether that’s out on the course or even what you’re working on.”

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