WOMEN’S REPORT: BON AND HANEE SINGING FROM THE SAME SONG SHEET

19/04/2014

North Harbour amateur Hanee Song believes her good form at the Recreational Services Akarana Open is just what she needed to get back into competitive golf.

The 18-year-old from the North Shore Golf Club, who fired a three-under par 69 in round one, backed that up today in the warm and fine conditions with an even-par 72 to share the lead with Northland professional Caroline Bon (71). Defending North Island Stroke Play Champion Munchin Keh had a three-under par 69 in round two to be one shot back.

 

Song has not played competitive golf for the past 10 months because of personal reasons and is enjoying being in contention to win not only on the Charles Tour but the North Island Stroke Play Championship.

“I am very happy, I had some pretty lucky shots out there today,” said Song.

Song birdied her opening hole, the par five 10th, and then chipped in on 11 for birdie to get to five-under par. She dropped shots all over the course before delivering an eagle on her 16th hole (the 7th) to get back into a share of the lead.

“I made quite a few mistakes but I made up for that with some good golf.”

Song was surprised to be in contention considering her lack of recent tournament play.

“There will be pressure tomorrow. It is exciting for me to have a chance to win here.”

The former North Harbour rep is looking to win her first national title after finishing in the top five twice before her break from the game.

“I finished runner-up at the North Island Stroke Play before, when it was held at Muriwai, so it would be good to win it. This has been great for me to get back into tournament play. I have really enjoyed it.”

Meanwhile former NZ rep Caroline Bon has also surprised herself with her scoring at the Akarana Golf Club this week.

The 26-year-old, who is trialling some swing changes in her first Charles Tour event in more than two years, has carded rounds of 70 and 71 to claim a share of the lead heading into the final round. The former NZ Stroke Play Champion is not focused on the result but the process this week. She is not going to complain that she is leading.

“Yeah it is a nice position to be in,” she said. “But that wasn’t the goal for this week. It was all about feeling comfortable with the swing changes under pressure. To be honest I was worried that I wasn’t going to break 80 so yeah this is a nice surprise.”

It could have been much better for Bon too. She mixed two birdies and two bogeys on her outward nine to make the turn in even par 36.

She was tracking for a three-under par 69, after making three birdies coming home, but made a costly double bogey on the par four ninth.

“It is still a bit of a new feeling [the swing]. I am really excited about the potential of these changes coming up as I feel I will be a much more consistent player.

Bon has status on the Asian and China Tours and expects to play in around 25 events in 2014.

“The Chinese Tour is very penal. You have to be striking the ball well to compete. If you miss a fairway over there you are either in the water or out of bounds. I feel like the changes I am making will help me in that environment.”

The women’s field was cut to the leading 12 players and ties after two rounds with 13 golfers on an 11-over par, 155 total, making the final round.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 124.00
    2 Jones, Samuel 80.25
    3 Kobori, Kazuma 70.00
    4 Smail, Charlie 66.83
    5 Hydes, James 62.00
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    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