Shannon McWilliam is aiming to build on her bold show in the Spanish Women’s International Amateur Championship when she tees off in the Italian equivalent.
Aboyne amateur Shannon reached the semi-finals at the Zaudin Golf Club in Seville before losing 3&2 to eventual winner Mahe Candice, of France.
Shannon is relishing the chance to get back in action at Golf Club Is Molas, Sardinia, beginning next Wednesday.
“I drove the ball very well in Spain and my wedge play was pretty good,” said Shannon.
“My pace putting was pleasing over the week which took stress off holing out.
“I’m delighted to have made the semis as my earlier performance in the Portugal Amateur wasn’t very good.”
Shannon, who represented Great Britain and Ireland during the defeat to the United States in the Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge last year, has her sights set on further team events this season.
“The big team events this year are Vagliano Trophy and the European Team Championships.
“I need to put on another good few performances to maybe have a chance of being selected.
“However, I tend not to think about selections as it can put more pressure on your game.”
Shannon will take the positives of building on a slow start in Spain when she starts this week’s tournament.
“My first round in Spain wasn’t the best,” said Shannon.
“I shot four over par and the cut was sitting at two over so I knew I had to go low the next day.”
Shannon responded in style with a scintillating second round of six under with the only blemish a three-putt on the last as she qualified for the matchplay stages in ninth place.
Her form continued to improve as she eased through three matchplay encounters before losing in the last four to Mahe.
“Unfortunately, I just played pretty average in the semi,” said Shannon.
“My putts just didn’t seem to drop which cost me to lose a few holes.
“Mahe played lovely and then went on to win the tournament after beating Alessia Nobilio, of Italy, on the 21st hole in the final.
“Overall, I’m happy with my result but admit I was gutted that I couldn’t take the title home.
“Hopefully, I can go a wee bit further next week.”