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Claire Shin

Shin, Kobori Set Up Final Round Duel For Jan

Kiwi sensation Momoka Kobori and St. Michael’s pocket dynamo Claire Shin are set for a final-round showdown for the Jan Stephenson Trophy at the Women’s NSW Open.

Kobori and Shin are deadlocked at six under after the field completed their rain-delayed second round was completed earlier today.

Chasing the duo will be 2022 NSW Amateur Champion Sarah Hammett, a shot back at five under, while Queensland’s Godiva Kim and Japan’s Yuna Takagi are at minus four.

Sensational Thai junior Alisa Inprasit from Khorat, Thailand, is alone in 6th at three under, with overnight leader June Song and Hannah Park at minus two.

Haneee Song, Vivian Lu, and Brianna Gill round out the top ten at minus one.

The round of the morning, though, belonged to Shin.

The 17-year-old carved out a magnificent 68, which included six birdies and just one bogey (the 17th) while playing in the exulted company of Wales’ Lydia Hall and Molymook’s Kelsey Bennett.

Riding the wave of an unforgettable summer of Golf, which has included a win in the World Amateur Ranked Avondale Bowl, and impressive finishes in the Australian Amateur (6th) NSW Amateur (5th) plus making the cut in both the Victorian and Australian Opens, Shin is hopeful of an impressive finish.

“When I played the Aussie Open I was super happy that I qualified to play with the professionals,” said Shin, who finished tied for 28th at the Women’s Australian Open and tied for 25th at the Vic Open.

“That day when I made two cuts I was just so happy.

“I won the Avondale Bowl which was my first amateur win and that just made me so confident and so happy. I thought I could do this all the time.

“Even today, shooting five-under was just a good score for me.”

Kobori however, remains the player to beat.

The Kiwi had six birdies and three bogeys in her second round, making four birdies in succession around the turn before her putter cooled over the closing six holes.

“My putter was pretty hot the first 11 holes and the last five or six holes I still gave myself chances but didn’t quite drop,” conceded Kobori, a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour Access Series in 2022.

Green staff worked overnight to get the Tuncurry course playable, much to the delight of tournament organisers, after it copped an incredible 81mm of rain in about six hours, forcing the abandonment of yesterday’s round.

The cut looks set to fall at plus nine, with the top 50 players ready for a 1.50 pm restart in a seeded shotgun format. The final round will be broadcast LIVE on KAYO.

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