Wellington No.1 Julianne Alvarez was one of the few smiling when she walked off the course after hours of battling in the wind.



The New Zealand Amateur Champion, who opened with a one-under par 71, is in a great position to defend her title after carding a one-over par 73 in the howling wind.

The multi-talented NZ rep will take a two shot lead from Wairakei amateur Grace Senior into round three as she looks to defend her title.

“It felt just like home, well maybe Wellington times two and a half,” said the 17-year-old from the Manor Park Golf Club.

“It was pretty tough out there. That was the strongest wind I have ever played in but I enjoyed the challenge.”

Arguably the best ball striker in the women’s field Alvarez said it was a three-club wind and hitting greens in regulation was near impossible.

“The wind was blowing you off all your shots. But I guess am used to it. It blows pretty hard in Wellington and I play a bit at Paraparaumu which teaches you how to control your ball in the wind.

“Playing and doing on course practice at one of the best courses in New Zealand I guess prepares you for anything.”

Alvarez said the key to her impressive round was her short game.

“My chipping and putting really saved me today. You are always going to miss a lot of greens in that sort of wind but as long as you can chip and putt well then its sweet as.”

A total of 12 players made the weekend in the women’s field with the cut made at 14-over par 158.




    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 124.00
    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Zheng, Jimmy 76.75
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    5 Smail, Charlie 69.83
    1 Chung, Darae 100.13
    2 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Kobori, Momoka 66.67
    5 Im, Amy 60.64