ISPS Womens Australian Open. Ha Na Jang Wins.

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Ha Na Jang, of South Korea, wins the ISPS Womens Australian Open, at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Ha Na shot a final round -4 under 69 in the final round, as those around her stumbled in the late windy conditions, to post a winning score of -10 under par;

“The first hole I was very nervous on the tee because I want to make birdie at every hole, more aggressive and try that.”

” The second shot was a really big miss, a little topping of my ball and after hole number 1 it’s really tough day, because every hole par, par, make par, and then just I talk to caddie, it’s like, “Okay, I try just be patient every hole,.

“Really good score in the after rounds, like after hole number 12, hit a really good birdie 13 and 14 and it really, the topping at hole number 17 is equal, and at 18 it’s a really good strong finish, that’s why it’s good sport today.”

Nanna Madsen, from Denmark was second, a last round of even par 73 good enough to give her that place on her own, at -7 under.

Minjee Lee, -3 under 70, Ariya Jutanugarn, -2 under 71, Haru Nomura, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, +2 over par 75, shared third place at -6 under par.

Womens Australian Open. Lizette Salas Leads.

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Lizette Salas, from U.S.A. leads the ISPS Womens Australian Open after 54 holes at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Lizette shot a third round -2 under par 71 to lead the ISPS Womens Australian Open by two shots at -10 under par. She has her dad watching and wants to win with him at the tournament;

“It would be such an honor and it would be my first win overseas, my first win with my Dad here.”

“He wasn’t there (in 2014), he was watching on television.”

“To bounce back from the year I had last year, it would mean a lot.”

“On 18 my hands were a little numb; I was just trying to relax and stay patient.”

“We’ll take it shot-for-shot tomorrow. It’s been a while since I’ve been in this position. I’m just going to embrace it and have fun.”

Sue Oh, from Australia, -5 under 68 today, is tied in second place with Pornanong Phatlum, from Thailand, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, an Aussie, +1 over 74 today, all with -8 under totals.

Sue wants to win her national title and her first LPGA Title;

“I mean, there are still 18 holes to go, I can’t quite think yet, but it’s my national title, so I really want to fight for it.”

“It’s going to be tough, but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA.”

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA. Just a lot but currently I’m happy with how I played today and just tighten up a few more things for tomorrow and see what happens.”

Ex Champion here  Karrie Webb missed her first ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open cut on her 21st consecutive appearance, blaming a poor putting performance;

“It hurts to miss any cut and I don’t like that at all,”

“The putter wasn’t great, but yesterday left me behind the eight ball today and with conditions being tough, I just was trying to play catch-up all day.”

“I had a couple of makeable putts on the front nine that if I’d made those might have changed things around.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISPS Ladies Australian Open. Sarah Jane Smith Leads.

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Sarah Jane Smith, from Australia,, leads after 36 holes in the ISPS Ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Cub, in Australia.

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Sarah shot a second round -6 under par 67 to lead the ISPS Ladies Australian Open at -9 under par at the half way point in the competition, and is thinking of winning;

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it but obviously that’s not the main focus of the next two days.”

” I mean, obviously, it would be a dream come true and something I think every young Australian thinks about at some point.”

 “So, to even be in a position right now is pretty exciting.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -8 under par, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, -4 under 69 today, Lizette Salas, U.S.A. -3 under 70,  Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand, -3 under 70 and Marissa Steen, U.S.A. -2 under 71.

Marrisa had a few hiccups  in the middle of her round today;

“I have been before, never on LPGA or anything like that but on Symetra Tour I have been and I think for me it’s just staying within myself and staying confident and just going out and kind of, like I was saying yesterday, putting the blinders on and just focusing on what I need to do.”

” So, I was letting some outside distractions get to me there in the middle, but I was proud of myself for blocking those out and just sticking with my game.”

Pornanong had one bogey today, but had fun out on the course;

“Today I just tried to play with my confidence, the wind is most problem, so I just wait.”

“I just go have fun and enjoy on the course.

World #1 Lydia Ko made the cut on the number, even par for the competition, seems like the recent changes have not done her much good. Should have stayed with the tried and trusted.

 

Ladies Australian Open. Katherine Kirk First Round Leader.

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Katherine Kirk, Australia, is the first round leader at the Ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Cub, in Australia.

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Katherine shot a bogey free opening round -8 under par 65 to lead the ISPS Ladies Australian Open

Tied in second place are Chella Choi, carding one bogey, from South Korea, Jane Park bogey free and Marissa Steen, bogey free, both ladies from the U.S.A, all three players at -6 under par following their first round scores of 67.

Marissa said she was late coming into golf, and had to take a medical break;

“I played a bunch of other sports growing up, so focusing on golf I was a little late to it.”

 “I played at the University of Memphis in Tennessee for four years and graduated from there and then played Symetra Tour for three seasons.”

I just woke up one day, and my side hurt.  It took about two weeks, finally to where it was like I couldn’t sleep really at night, so I was like, I need to go get this checked out, and sure enough.’

“I was a rookie; I was excited to be out here, coming off the best season I had ever played on Symetra Tour.

”  I didn’t want to, and I guess I had never been injured before, I didn’t really know how to handle it.  Now, I think I have a little better grasp of what to do if that happens again in the future.”

 

Oates Vic Open. Play-Off Win For Melisa Reid.

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Melisa Reid of England won the Oates Vic Open, in a play-off at  13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Mel had a final round -1 under par 72 for a -16 under par Oates Vic Open total, to get into a play-off against Sandra Gal, from Germany.

Sandra carded -4 under par 69 in her last round to set up the play-off, which Mel won at the third extra hole.

Mel spoke about the brutal winds, and her poor start to the round, but recovering with some big putts;

“It was honestly brutal out there.”

“That’s one of the toughest winds that I’ve had, especially with the start that I got. I didn’t feel I’d hit a bad shot in the first five holes so to be three over after four was unreal.”

“It was a true test of golf, you know, and brought a lot of character out so I’m over the moon that I managed to get the win.”

“A big putt on 16 and another on 17. You’ve just got to hang in there, because there are a lot of holes to go and with the conditions, people can make double bogeys out there.”

Sandra posted this on social media

What an #epic week here in Melbourne, Australia. Loved every second of it with new and old friends, a road trip, great food, four really good rounds of golf and many, many awesome fans! Lost on the third play off hole, but am so proud of how I played in today’s tough conditions. Lots of positives to take away! Thank you for hosting me Oates Vic Open and congratulations @melreid87 – til next time 😜#downunder

Su Oh from Australia tied for third place with American teenager Angel Yin, both two shots off the pace at -14 under par, and both also carding -1 under 72 for the final round.

Oates Vic Open. Melisa Read Leads.

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Melisa Reid leads the Oates Vic Open after 54 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Melisa, from England shot a third round -6 under par 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -15 under par after 54 holes, an improvement in her putting making  difference;

“I feel like I have struck the ball really well all week and also in the Bahamas two weeks ago.”

“The difference is that I am starting to make some putts at important times.”

“I did leave a few out there today, I had a lot of chances and not making birdie at 14 standing in the fairway with a 9 iron for my second shot and also at 18 not making birdie there is a bit disappointing.”

“I kind of needed that pressure on my putting because I’ve worked extremely hard on my putting and not been rewarded for it yet.”

“I spoke to my coach Kevin last night and got one little tip about balance.”

“I always get a lot of support when I am here. Aussies like to work hard and play hard and that is me really.”

“To win here would be like winning an Australian Open, the crowds are massive and it is a great atmosphere playing out here, this is a great field and I will need to play well tomorrow to win.”

Angel Yin, U.S.A. -5 under 68 today, and Sue Oh, Australia,-3 under 70 share second place at -13 under par,two shots off the pace.

 

 

 

 

Oates Vic Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen leads the Oates Vic Open after the 36 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Nicole Broch Larsen / getty

Nicole carded a consecutive -6 under 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -12 under par;

“I think I’ve got some good bounces, I’m not hitting the ball like I really want to, I’m not flushing it at all.”

“I hit 16 greens in regulation today and 17 yesterday, so I’m going good even though I’m not striking the ball well.”

“I think the greens are trickier on the Beach and the wind was tough for me to figure out on the last couple of holes.”

“The par fives are still quite reachable so a couple of birdie chances there but I think it’s playing a bit longer.”

Tied in second place are Holly Clyburn, -4 under 69 today, Sue Oh, -8 under 65, Whitney Hillier, -4 under 69 and Sandra Gal, also -4 under 69. These ladies are at -10 under par for the competition.

Sue was upset at carding a six on a par five;

“The lead is only two shots. There’s a lot of birdie opportunities out there, we get into the par fives in two and we’ve been hitting a lot of short irons and wedges in, so I think there’s a lot of birdies out there.”

“I left a couple out there, I made a six on a par five again!”

Dame Laura Davis, yesterdays round one leader, disappointed her many fans carding +3 over 76 today, to be at -5 under for the tournament, and T 18.