Manon De Roey has made a walk off chip-in for birdie on the final hole of the day to extend her lead to five shots in the Worrell’s Women’s NSW Open.
The Belgian has almost a stranglehold on the crown and can’t put a foot wrong on the tight Dubbo layout.
Earlier, and seemingly looking at a bogey on the 16th, a sensational lob wedge recovery meant a safe par to maintain her lead.
The lead, in fact, could’ve been more had her birdie attempt on the very next hole not horseshoed out.
Swede Julia Engstrom could’ve stayed within three of the lead, however, back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th have now made her task in tomorrow’s final round that little bit more difficult.
Engstrom makes her move
Julia Engstrom has thrown down the gauntlet to leader Manon De Roey, moving to within a shot of the lead mid-way through the back nine at Dubbo Golf Club.
The Swedish Ice Queen had a relatively quiet front nine, however she is lighting up the back nine, carding four straight birdies between the 11th and 15th holes. She is currently five under for the round with four holes to play.
Slovenia’s Katja Pogacar is another mover, sitting in a tie for third at eight under with just two holes to play.
Meanwhile, Slovenian Teen Pia Babnik has carded the best round of the day thus far, a 6-under 66, to vault into a tie for 6th place.
The 16 year old was quite pleased with her effort post round.
“I am very pleased. I played very well, really glad to finish the way I did.
“I hit most of the fairways, which I haven’t been doing over the last two days and also the greens, I putted very well.
The 16 year old with the powerful swing isn’t loading herself up with too many expectations for tomorrow’s final round, and will simply try and keep things in perspective.
“I will try to do the best I can and then we will see,” she smiled.
12.30PM: De Roey by four
Manon De Roey is threatening to run away with the Worrells Womens NSW Open.
The Belgian has opened a four shot lead midway round three at Dubbo Golf Club.
Three players share second place, Swedes Julia Engstrom and Camilla Lennarth and Teenage Thai superstar Atthaya Thitikhul.
De Roey is three-under for the day through 10, taking her to 12-under total and the only player in double figures.
Sydneysider Soo Jin Lee is the leading Australian, one shot in front of Grace Kim, who is the leading amateur.
Thai spice on fire in Dubbo
Thai sensation Atthaya Thitikul is holding firm as many of the other struggle on the tight fairway here at Dubbo.
The 17 year old is a 3 under after nine, and the only player in the leading groups to have kept her card bogey-free.
Camilla Lennarth has made a welcome birdie on the 7th and in a share of second place alongside the Thai.
Leader Manon De Roey has made her first error, having to resort to a chip out on the par four 6th hole and she was unable to get up and down for the save.
Grace Kim is continuing her solid third round, and has moved to three under after 10 holes. She is currently the leading Australian, one shot in from fellow Sydneysider, Soo Jin Lee.
Manon moving as Dagar strikes disaster
Manon De Roey has extended her lead out to three through four holes after another birdie on the third and a solid par on the fourth.
Diksha Dagar, who was Manon’s closest challenger, has suffered a mini disaster on the fourth with an ill-timed double bogey to fall four shots adrift of the red-hot Belgian.
Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth holds down second place at eight under with a three way tie for third between the Thai sensation Atthaya Titikul, Round one leader Michele Thomson and France’s Agathe Sauzon.
Grace gets going early
Star NSW Amateur Grace Kim is one of the early movers on day three.
The 19 year old has three birdies on her card, however, an unfortunate bogey on the testing par three 7th has seen her drop back two places to tie for 10th at three under.
Overnight leader Manon De Roey has birdied the first to get to ten under par. Her playing partner Diksha Dagar also birdied the first to stay two shots back.