Friday, February 05, 2016

Georgia Hall leads Victorian Open by one shot 

but Sally Watson only Scot to make cut

England’s  Georgia Hall, pictured above, will take a one-shot lead over Danish star Nanna Madsen  into the weekend at the 2016 Oates Victorian Open at 13th Beach Resort, after shooting a three under par round of 70 for a 36-hole tally of seven-under-ar 139 over the par-73 Creek course this afternoon, local Australian time.
Hall, who started the day three shots  clear of the field at 4 under par, started off where she had left off  yesterday with birdies at her first and fifth holes to extend her lead. 

As the wind started to pick up on the more exposed  Creek Course Hall made four straight pars before back-to-back birdies on  her 10th and 11th holes, followed up by another on her 13th saw her open up a commanding six-shot lead at 9 under par. 
However a bogey at the short par 3 sixth - her 15th - and another at the ninth saw her sign for a  three-under par 70 and the clubhouse lead at 7 under par.
“I felt that it was tougher out there  today” said the 19 year old Englishwoman. “ I know I was playing a  different golf course but the holes were harder as well. The pin  positions were so tough, if you hit it on the wrong side of the pin you  really have no chance to make par. 

"There were some really long holes,  like driver, three wood into the fifth hole, and the wind just kept  picking up all afternoon. I dropped a couple at the end, but you know,  it’s so tough out there you just have to be patient. I am really happy  to be in this position and am really looking forward to the weekend.”
Talented youngster Nanna  Madsen opened up with a solid one under par round of 72 on the Beach  Course and stepped up a geat with a second round of five-under 68 for six-under 149

Starting at the 10th, she made pars on each of  the first six holes, before three straight birdies from the 16th to the 18th saw her turn at 4 under for the tournament, five shots behind leader Hall.
The impressive young Dane got to within  three shots of the lead with an eagle 3 at the par 5 second hole, before  a double bogey at the tough par 4 fifth hole saw her slide back to 4  under par. 

Madsen is known for her fighting qualities and she showed  those today, bouncing straight back with birdies at the seventh and eighth before a  solid par at the last saw her in the clubhouse at 6 under par and just a  shot off the lead.
Pre-tournament favourite Karrie Webb  kept tournament organisers on edge all day after her opening round of 4  over par 77 left her in danger of not making it to the weekend, but her  class shone through and a birdie at the last hole ensured she will be  around for tomorrow’s third round at least. 

The 36 hole cut fell at 6  over par 152, and following the third round there will be a further cut  which will see the top 35 players advance to Sunday’s final round.
Defending champion Marianne Skarpnord  will start the weekend at 3 under par, four shots off the lead, while  former world number one Dame Laura Davies made the cut on the limit number of 152 but  will need to work hard tomorrow to ensure that she is playing the  final round on Sunday.

SCOTSWATCH: Sally Watson, with rounds of 75 and 72 for 147 was the only Scot to make the halfway cut at 152.
Watson swept to the turn in 33 shots with four birdies but she struggled home in 39 with four bogeys after the turn.
Gemma Dryburgh (79-74), Heather MacRae (75-78) and Kylie Walker (79-74) all bowed out on the 153 mark, one shot too many.
Gemma birdied the 18th but it was too little, too late. Heather took 41 shots for her second-round inward half and Kylie Walker covered the last seven holes in one under par but just failed.
Kelsey Macdonald was outside the leading 100 with rounds of 79 and 78 for 157. She had a double bogey 7 at the par-5 18th both days.

13th Beach Resort.
Par 146 (2x73)
139 Georgia Hall (Eng) 69 70
140 Nanna Madsen (Den) 72 68
142 Justine Dreher (Fra) 73 69
143 Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 73 70.

145 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 74 71, Olivia Cowan (Ger) 73 72 (T6)
147 Sally Watson (Sco) 75 72, Trish Johnson (Eng) 76 71 (T13)
148 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 75 73 (T18)
150 Becky Morgan (Wal) 74 76 (T32)
151 Annabel Dimmock (Eng) 79 72, Aditi Ashok (India) 74 77, Karrie Webb (Australia) 77 74, Beth Allen (USA) 76 75 (T42)
152 Laura Davies (Eng) 77 75, Eleanor Givens (Eng) 76 76, Alexandra Peters (Eng) 72 80 (T55)
153 Gemma Dryburgh (Sco) 79 74, Heather MacRae (Sco) 75 78, Kylie Walker  (Sco) 79 74, Charlotte Ellis (Eng) 76 77, Lauren Taylor (Eng) 73 80, Hannah Burke (Eng) 79 74.
154 Rebecca Codd (Ire) 78 76, Amy Boulden (Wal) 77 77, Sarah-Jane Boyd (Eng) 78 76
156 Rosie Davies (Eng) 77 79
157 Kelsey Macdonald (Sco) 79 78.



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