Karolin Lampert was the big mover late on day two of the Worrells Women’s NSW Open.
The 24-year-old is just two shots adrift of the pacesetter, Iceland’s Valdis Jonsdottir, after powering her way around the Queanbeyan Golf Course in the equal best round of the day, a six under par 65.
It looked like being a quiet day for the German when she started birdie-bogey, but she soon made amends with her second birdie of the day on the par five 3rd.
She caught fire soon after with a set of birdies on the 7th, 8th, and 9th. When she added another at the tight par four 11th, Lampert was officially the player to watch as the afternoon wore on.
Lampert was delighted with her effort after the round.
“It was a lot of fun playing today.
“I made a lot of good shots and rolled a lot of good putts in today. It was great.”
The shot of the day came when she rifled a four iron to about 12 feet on the par five 16th.
“I was in between clubs, I had about 175( Metres), but I decided to go for it. I hit a perfect shot, and it pitched just left on the green.”
Sadly for Lampert, she missed the eagle putt but left the hole satisfied with a birdie.
“I left the eagle putt short, but I was really happy to make the birdie there,“ she said.
Defending Champion Meghan MacLaren was another big mover on Friday afternoon, adding an impressive five under par 65 to her opening round 70 to keep her title defence very much alive.
“Everything was on today. It felt comfortable.
“I hit two bad tee-shots which cost me, and to bogey 16 feels like I have given a shot and a half back, but I made up for it on the last.”
MacLaren was enthusiastic about her chances of entering the weekend as defe3nding champion.
“Being in contention in any tournament heading into the weekend is a good spot, this feels a bit more special because of last year, so it’s a good place to be,” she smiled.
Earlier in the day, Iceland’s Valdis Jonsdottir consolidated her lead with a tidy but uneventful one-under-par round of 70.
The 29-year-old described her round as a challenge, fighting a misbehaving driver, and approach shots which didn’t have the radar-like consistency of her opening day’s eight under par effort.
“It was a bit of a battle today, honestly,” Jonsdottir smiled. “I didn’t hit it 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 overnight.
“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.
“It kept reminding me of what I did yesterday.
“I tried to block it out and start a new day today,” she said.