Magdalena Simmermacher is the form player on course as the afternoon half of the field make their way to the clubhouse. The Argentinian turned for home four under for the day and five under total. A birdie on the 10th got her to the lead for a moment, however a bogey on the very next hole saw her back to five under.
Simmermacher has just birdied the 13th to once again grab a share of the lead.
Maja Stark has bounced back from a poor start this afternoon briefly joining Lydia Hall on top of the leaderboard at six under par.
The Swede dropped shots on her opening two holes before finally finding some joy with a birdie on the 5th. She swapped a bogey on the 7th with another birdie on the 9th, but since then she has been on fire, birdieing the 10th, 12th and 13th to climb back to the top of the leaderboard. Sadly her back nine run was derailed with Stark just dropping a shot on the 15th.
Cassie Porter is the best of the Aussies, now just another shot back in 5th place. The 19-year-old had an up and down front nine of even par, but since then has been on a tear with four straight birdies form the 11th to the 15th holes.
11.50am: Hall Stands Tall At Minus Six
Lydia Hall has moved into the outright lead at minus six after carding a five under par 67 in the second round of the Women’s NSW Open at Coolangatta – Tweed Heads this morning.
The Welsh professional, a regular to Australian shores, kept her card blemish-free with birdies on the ( after starting from the 11th) 15th, 18th, 4th, 7th and 9th.
Several others have made their move today, including Genevieve Ling (69), who had a share of the lead mid-way through the morning, Germany’s Carolin Kauffmann (71) and Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson (70).
Freshly crowned Australian Junior Girls Champion Jenneath Wong also carded a tidy two under par 70 to move to within striking distance of the top 10.
10.30 am: Hall And Ling Making A Friday Move
Lydia Hall and Malaysian Genevieve Ling are the big movers mid-way through the morning flight in round two of the Women’s NSW Open Golf Championship.
Hall, a regular visitor to Australia, has been clinical this morning, with birdies on the 15th, 18th and 4th helping her to vault into the lead alongside Maja Stark, who is yet to tee off.
Ling has only had the one blemish in her round, a bogey on the par-three 15th, however, as he has more than made up for it with birdies on the 12th, 113th, 16th and 1st to be just a shot from the lead.
Johanna Gustavsson is also progressing nicely, tied for third alongside Ling.
Pennant Hills hope, Paige Stubbs is one of the best of the locals on course at the moment, currently two under for her round and into a tie for 12th place.
The Cut line is currently sitting at five over, with 78 golfers inside the number at the moment.
7.35am: Play Underway At Cooly-Tweed
Play is underway here at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club in the second round of the Women’s NSW Open.
It’s a balmy 21 degrees this morning with a few clouds in the sky and a little breeze from the south east. Play got underway on time and the first groups are now heading towards their fourth hole of the day.
Co- leader, India’s Amandeep Drall is off at 7.50am, alongside Lara Ruiz Gomez of Spain and Aussie Amy Pollock.
Scotland’s Michele Thomson, who at one stage late yesterday afternoon held the outright lead at six under, has made a bit of a mess of her opening hole, double bogeying the 11th to start her day. She is now back to one under and will be hoping to turn things around quickly.
Malaysia’s Genevieve Ling is moving along well this morning, currently two under for the day and two under for the tournament after birdies not he 12th and 13th, her second and third holes for the day.
Maja Stark, overnight co-leader alongside Drall, will tee off at 11.45am in the marquee group of the afternoon. She will be playing alongside Concord’s Belinda Ji, who shot an impressive opening round three under 69, and Victorian Stephanie Bunque, who will undoubtedly be looking to improve on her opening 74.