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Sydney Amateur Grabs Share Of Women's NSW Open Lead

Sydney amateur Hannah Park has blitzed the Coffs Harbour layout to share the halfway lead at the Women's NSW Open (Photo: David Tease/Golf NSW)
Little known amateur Hannah Park has bolted to a share of the lead at the Women’s NSW Open on the back of a blistering 7-under 64.

Park, who plays at St Michaels in Sydney, was blemish free on day two at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club to join France’s Justine Dreher at the top of the leaderboard.

Just 17-years-old, Park is playing a professional event for just the fourth time and this weekend will be just her second made cut after also qualifying for the final two rounds last week at Bonville.

“I was just sinking everything out there today,” the teenager said of her stunning round.

“The hole was like a vacuum; everything went in. Last week I made the cut which is my first pro event cut.
“I was pretty happy too, but I didn’t play that well on the last two days.”

That seems an unlikely scenario after the form she displayed today with a makeable birdie putt going begging at the 17th hole which would have given her a 63.

Park’s co-leader Dreher has several highlights of her own in a roller coaster round of 2-under after driving the short par-4 first to open with an eagle from just six feet.

The Paris based second year professional is in somewhat unfamiliar waters but is pleased with her paly so far and looking forward to the weekend.

“I’m really happy with my game and the position that I’m in,” she told the Golf NSW website.

Overnight co-leader Manon Molle sits just one back after an eventful round of even par 71 which included opening with a double bogey-bogey run and also dropping a shot at the lst.

“I would’ve been really satisfied with my day had I not bogied that last hole,” she said.

“I started really badly, I had a double on 11, I was pugged on the bunker. Then, on the next hole, I was in another bunker and it was unstoppable.

“I stayed patient all the way from there, I birdied the 15th then birdied the first (hole) and the third.”

Also at 5-under is Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolbonyaras and Norway’s Marita Engzelius with four players sharing sixth at 4-under.

Rebecca Artis, Sarah Kemp and Emily McLennan are the leading Australian professionals, all three at 3-under and T10 with two rounds remaining.


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