Magenta Shores CC, March 29-31, 2024

CHAMPIONSHIP DAY: Gustavsson Making It A Contest

Johanna Gustavsson is holding her own as the final group turns for home, and the Swede has her eyes now firmly set on hauling in overnight leader, Maja Stark.

Gustavsson has rolled in birdies on the 4th, 7th and 9th to go out in there under par and cut Starks lead down to just two shots.

After starting the day with a birdie to get her lead out to five, Stark has failed to convert several chances, including a hard lip out for birdie on the par-three 8th.

Cassie Porter is having a day she would rather forget, dropping shots on the 5th, 6th and 8th. she grabbed a vital birdie on the par-five 9th, but at seven shots back her tournament might well be over.

The battle for low amateur is turning into a three-way contest. Melbourne based Malaysian, Jenneath Wong and reigning NSW Amateur Champion Sarah Hammett are tied at five under, but gun west Aussie Kirsten Rudgeley is just one shat back.

Maja Stark
Maja Stark continues to lead early in the final round

12.50pm: Stark Still Leads By Four

Maja Stark still leads by four, however there has been a change in the chasing pack with Lydia Hall off to a bright start. The Welsh star has birdied the second and fourth holes and parred the fifth.

Stark got her round off to a flyer with a birdie on the first to extend her lead to five, however since then it’s been par golf. She had a chance to extend her lead to five on the reachable par-five 4th, however after missing the green long left, she could get up-and down for birdie.

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Day Three Wrap: Stark Still Shining Bright

Playing alongside Stark, fellow Swede Johanna Gustavsson has just rolled a long putt in for birdie on the pa-five fourth to get to move back into a tie for second alongside Hall.

Rookie Cassie Portermade a sound start with four straight pars, but has just dropped a shot on the 5th to fall six behind.

Maja Stark
Maja Stark leads by four

8.30am: Can Anyone Catch Maja?

It’s championship Sunday at the 2022 Women’s NSW Open Golf Championship here at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, and the big question is, who can catch the Swede, Maja Stark?

Leading by four, Stark is the one they need to catch. She is impressive, very impressive and has a pedigree to match with two years of College at Oklahoma State and first-team All-American honours in her Sophomore year to her name. She has the game for the occasion and she showed how good she was in round three where despite a misbehaving swing, she still managed to fire a course record six under par 66.

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Chasing her down will be fellow countrywoman Johanna Gustavsson and Aussie Rookie , Cassie Porter. Gustavsson showed she has the ability, also firing a course record 66 (which was matched by Stark) on moving day to ensure she will be in the mix later this afternoon.

19-year-old Porter, inspired by some words of wisdom from the Olympic legend Dawn Fraser, had a piece of the lead midway through Saturday’s third round, and except for a last hole bogey would’ve had a share of the course record alongside the Swedish pair. She will fancy her chances, and has the game to contend for the Jan Stephenson Trophy.

Lurking another shot back are the trio of Michele Thomson, Magdalena Simmermacher, and Lydia Hall at eight under. Hall was on fire early in her third round, but came unstuck with a bogey-double bogey run as she made the turn for home. no doubt she will be looking to make amends for that, and with the start she made yesterday, we can expect her to make a move early.

All up it’s going to be an enthralling contest, and with the weather expected to be kind, come on down and watch a thrilling final day of action.


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