Skerries’ Maria Dunne carded rounds of 79 and 70 to qualify in fourth place for the matchplay stages of the 100th USHA All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at Delhi Golf Club.
On day two, her two under par round of 70 included three birdies over the last six holes. She qualified in fourth position on a score of 149. Malaysian golfer Nur Durriyah Damian qualified in the top spot after two rounds of 73.
English golfer Gemma Clews, also supported by the R&A, shot rounds of 86 and 78 which meant team R&A finished in fifth position in the team event as 32 players qualified.
Dunne plays Thailand's Siripatsorn Patchana. who qualified in 29th position, in the first matchplay round with Clews taking on India's Seher Atwal after squeaking through in 31st place.
One of captain Elaine Farquharson-Black’s two Curtis Cup picks for the GB&I side that overcame the USA to lift the Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire in June, Dunne has been an international for six consecutive years and has been the leader and inspiration for many up and coming girls.
A familiar face and regular points scorer at the Home International Matches and European Team Championships over the past number of years, she is an invaluable asset to the Irish side and noticeably stepped up her game since her return to golf after injury in 2011.
USHA All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, Delhi GC (par 72)
Round one — Thursday 15
- 8:47 (13:47) Maria Dunne Vs Siripatsorn Patchana
- 9:19 (14:19) Seher Atwal Vs Gemma Clews
146 Nur Durriah Damian (Mal) 73 73
147 Seher Atwal (Ind) 74 73
148 Ananya Barthakur (Ind) 73 75
149 Maria Dunne (Ire) 79 70
164 Gemma Clews (Eng) 86 78