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Issue:- 3 July 2014

Royal Birkdale local, Florentyna Parker, secures place at Ricoh Women’s British Open with victory in Italy

WITH a little over a week to go until this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, local girl and Royal Birkdale member, Florentyna Parker secured her spot in the Championship by winning the Ladies Italian Open in style; making an Albatross on the back nine to win by one shot from her compatriot, Holly Clyburn.

The victory will see Parker tee it up at her home club, Royal Birkdale, of which she has been a member for 13 years as she aims to continue her good form and use the home support to her advantage for the 39th edition of the Championship which sees the world’s best female golfers compete from the 10 July to 13 July 2014.

Parker also qualified for the prestigious event the last time it was staged at Royal Birkdale courtesy of a victory in the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland and by winning last week she avoided Final Qualifying at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club on Monday, 7 July 2014.

Commenting on the opportunity, Florentyna Parker said:- "I am really excited to play the Ricoh Women’s British Open at my home club in front of all the members and my friends who are really supportive of me. I played in the Championship the last time it was at Royal Birkdale and it was a fantastic experience, hopefully I can go a few better this year and continue the momentum I have from Italy. I’ve played there a few times this year and the course is in superb condition and all the members are really excited for the Championship to start."

As it stands 127 places in the 144 player field have been confirmed with three more qualifying from the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters this weekend before the remaining hopefuls head to Final Qualifying on Monday, 7 July 2014, to battle it out for the final 14 places.

Northern Ireland’s 22 year old Stephanie Meadow is amongst the favourites to progress as she bids to extend her fast start to life in the professional ranks having finished third on her professional debut at last month’s US Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. She will be joined in the field by veteran Swede, Sophie Gustafson, who won the Championship at Royal Birkdale back in 2000 and who has finished runner-up on three other occasions between 1998 and 2006.


Another player to watch out for is former Ladies British Amateur champion, Rebecca Hudson, who travels to Southport fresh from a third place finish behind Parker in Italy. Su-Hyun Oh from Australia and England’s Annabel Dimmock, who are No.5 and no.20 respectively in the world amateur golf rankings, are the only two amateurs exempt into final qualifying. Eight other amateurs made it through Pre-Qualifying over the Blue course at The Berkshire which was won by Welsh former Solheim Cup player, Becky Brewerton.

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