Valdis Jonsdottir has maintained her lead of the Worrells Women’s NSW Open after carding a second-round one-under-par 70 at Queanbeyan Golf Club this morning.
The 29-year-old described her round as a challenge, fighting a misbehaving driver, and approach shots which didn’t have the radar like the consistency of her first round eight under par effort.
“It was a bit of a battle today, honestly,” she smiled. “I didn’t hit very nicely off the tee; I only hit three fairways.”
“My irons weren’t as aggressive today as they were yesterday, so I’m happy with one under based on how I hit the ball.”
Asked about the mental challenge of backing up her incredibly low first round score, Jonsdottir said she hadn’t thought much about it until the phone calls, and messages from Iceland began to appear on her phone.
“I tried not to think about it, but Iceland is 11 hours behind Australia, and I kept on getting messages yesterday & this morning as I woke up, reminding me of what I did yesterday.
“I tried to block it out and start a new day today.”
Lynn Carlsson has made a big move on day two, carding the round of the morning, a six under par 65 which included five birdied and an eagle on the par-5 7th, to vault into outright second place at six under par.
The Swede was thrilled with her effort post round.
“I’m very happy, and I got on a good flow in the middle of the round, an eagle on 7 and a birdie on 8 & 9.
“I played solid, hit a lot of greens. I’m very comfortable with my putting, so it was a very good day.”
New South Wales’ Rebecca Artids and Scotland’s Michelle Thompson are in a tie for third another shot back at five under par.
Artis, although pleased to be where she is on the leaderboard, felt she still had some more improvement in her game.
‘I didn’t play quite as well today,” she said. “I hit 17 greens yesterday, so it’s always tough to back up.”
“I got off to a slow start but stayed patient. I hit a couple of decent shots, and I am feeling confident with the putter.
“I knocked one in close on par 16th, and one on 18th. I made both of those.
“I felt I played better on my back nine today and tried to hang in there. Hopefully, I can get it going on the weekend.”
8.00am: Celebrating International Women’s Day
It’s International Women’s Day and the Women’s NSW Open is underway at Queanbeyan Golf Club.
Early starters have been greeted with perfect conditions for golf this morning, with the temperature a very mild 14 degrees. There is just a breath of wind from the south east, and barely a cloud in the sky.
The mercury is expected to reach 28 degrees this afternoon, with the wind expected to shift to the northwest and increase to around 20 km/h.
Iceland’s Valdis Jonsdottir is the on the course already and the player they are all chasing after her sensational opening round of 63.
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