Cassie Porter has vaulted into a tie for the lead midway through the back nine on moving day here at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.
After a birdie on the 10th to open her back nine, Porter moved to ten under with a ten footer for birdie on the 13th, at about the same time that Lydia Hall stumbled. The 19 year old is six under for the day and on a tear.
Overnight leader Maja Stark is also at ten under, and had a chance for the outright lead with a long birdie chance on the 13th, however, the Swede couldn’t convert and had to settle for a par.
Hall looked like she was cruising until an unforced error led to a bogey on the 340 metre par four 11th. She compounded it however on the very next hole, spearing her drive into the trees and unable to get to the green in regulation, she left herself a long putt for par. when she rolled it about 10 feet past and then missed the putt for bogey, Hall had suddenly tumbled from first to third on the leaderboard.
2.15pm: Hall Takes The Lead But Cassie Is Coming
Lydia Hall has surged to the lead halfway though round three after blasting her way around the Coolangatta Tweed heads west course in an amazing 31 strokes.
Hall Birdied the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th in an emphatic statement of her intent.
Hall’s playing partner Maja Stark has finally found her form, back-to-back birdies on the 9th and 10th now see the Swede get back to within a shot of the lead.
Playing in the group in front of the leaders, young gun Cassie Porter caught fire midway through the front nine. After starting the day with a bogey, it took the 19 year old a couple of holes to start, but when she did, she did it in style, running in five birdies in a row from the 4th to the 8th. She added another at the 10th and is now five under for the day and nine under overall.
8.30 am: Who’ll Set The Scene On Saturday?
It’s moving day here in the Women’s NSW Open at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, and the big question is, Who will make their move for the Jan Stephenson Trophy?
69 players survived the overnight fight cut which fell at six over, and for those who made it, play got underway at around 7.00am this morning.
Looks like the weather may play a small part today, with a shower or two predicted,, however the showers, if they arrive are only expected to be light. Winds are going to get up to around 10- 15 km/h from the south south east, possibly switching to the northeast as the day rolls on.
Otherwise, it’s a balmy 23 degrees on the Far North Coast – perfect for golf.
Here’s a taste of the first two day’s play here at the wonderful Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club:
Overnight leader Maja Stark, Wales Lydia Hall, and Magdalena Simmermacher of Argentina are in the final group of the day and will hit the course at 11.45am.
in front of them will be the fascinating trio of England’s Alice Hewson, Malaysian Genevieve Ling, and Queensland Rookie Cassie Porter.
It will be a fascinating day for Porter, who after a pepe talk from the Olympic Legend Dawn Fraser, fired one of the rounds of the day on Friday, a four under 68 to vault into contention. No doubt too, she will be looking to emulate the fiat of 2020 Australian Ladies Classic Champion, Steph Kyriacou who used her maiden victory to catapult herself onto the LET and LPGA Tour.