Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship - Lisbon


After an anxious wait for a Wild Card entry into the 2017 Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship, Jessica Hall certainly proved herself to be a worthy competitor.  Over four days in January, a truly international field, including members of the European Curtis Cup Team, faced disruption in play thanks to some extremely unseasonal frost, wind and rain.  Additional warm clothes and waterproofs were unexpected late purchases for many of the players. 

Playing 4 rounds at the Golf Course of Montado, Lisbon, from an original field of 90 ladies, 40 qualified for the final days play.  The course which is one of the most beautiful and competitive courses in Portugal, distinguished by a landscape dominated by vineyards, streams and lakes proved to be extremely challenging, especially the intimidating island green at the 18th hole. 

Jessica's physical and mental strength saw her finish as the top English player thanks to four super consistent rounds of 74, 76, 74, 70, giving her a place of joint 18th on the final leader board.  After recharging her batteries, Jessica, 17 is back to her training regime, determined to make 2017 a year to remember in her quest to gain further accomplishments in the game she loves.