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Golf News: - Posted 27th May 1998

Ratcliffe leads qualifiers by three shots

Walton Heath, Surrey - Curtis Cup star Elaine Ratcliffe continued her domination of the English Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at Walton Heath, Surrey today by striding into the match play stages as top qualifier.

The 25-year-old Cheshire champion from Sandiway followed up her 71 of yesterday with a one under par 73 for a 36 hole total of 144.

That gave her top spot by three strokes from Derbyshire's Lisa Walters with former Gloucestershire champion Kathryn Hamilton and Fiona Brown of Heswall, Cheshire in joint third place a further three strokes adrift.

Former British champion Emma Dougleby and last year's runner-up Kate Burton survived a sudden death play-off to make it into the knock-out phase.

Walton Heath Draw
E Ratcliffe v K Burton,
C Marron v J Thornhill
K Taylor v C Watson
L Nelson v K Rostron
A Murray v K Evans
K Stupples v N Lawrenson
J Lamb v R Hudson
S Coverly v S Naden
C Court v L Simpson
N Lumb v F Brown
K Hamilton v C Ritson
D Wilmott v K Knowles
R Prout v C Lipscombe
S Heath v K Smith
K Fisher v S Sanderson
E Duggleby v L Walters