NZ STROKE PLAY: KO LEADS BY ONE

23/03/2012

World No.1 Lydia Ko bounced back in round two to claim a one shot lead from her New Zealand team-mate Emily Perry at the halfway stage of the Lion Foundation New Zealand Stroke Play.

 
The 14-year-old was positive about her chances to defend her title.

“I hit the ball better than yesterday but the putting didn’t go in,” said Ko who shot a two under par 72.

“I’ve got to play better because you can shoot some lower scores here. I want to have a five under or something crazy like that.”

Ko who made an eagle last year at Russley to win by nine shots from Cecilia Cho said playing as the defending champion is not straightforward.

“To win a tournament twice in a row, you know that doesn’t come easy so I will be working hard for it.”
 
Perry was disappointed with her one over par 75 in round two that saw her relinquish the lead to a familiar rival.

“It was frustrating,” said the 21-year-old from the Lochiel Golf Club.

“The sequence of my swing wasn’t quite there so I just played with what I had. I am looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and having a different course plan.

“I didn’t hit quite as many fairways today and I had a double but apart from that, all is well and I am staying positive.”
 
Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park) is two shots back from Ko in outright third place.

The men’s field was cut to 60 players and ties which saw the players from a seven over par total and better around for the weekend while there was no cut in the women’s event.
 

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