Amelia Garvey, Canterbury team mate Julianna Hung and North Harbour’s Subin Wui are the early leaders in the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play, ahead of a large chasing pack.

Garvey who started slowly in round one was able to bounce back to good effect.

 “I had a rough start being three over through five but I knew there were opportunities coming up with the par fives, 17 and 18, so managed to pull it back to one over through the turn and stayed patient on the back nine and made a couple of birdies.”

Garvey who is back from a successful week where she finished tied second at the Faldo Series event in Vietnam is using that international experience to full effect and is feeling confident this week.

“Coming close last week to winning I want to come here and get the job done this time, I love coming back and playing a couple of weeks in a row and getting into that competitive mind set.

Despite sharing the lead Hung wasn’t overly pleased with her round.

“I had a double bogey on 15 after a thinned bunker shot and things just didn’t go well from there. My putting wasn’t great, so I’m looking forward to improving that tomorrow,” she said.

Prior to the double bogey Hung had made four birdies and a bogey to reach three under par before coming back to the field.

The chasing pack is led by the New Zealand Women’s Amateur Champion Rose Zheng (Pakuranga Golf Club) who is looking to add the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play title to her already impressive resume. Alongside her also on even par were Chantelle Cassidy (Riverside Golf Club), Carmen Lim (Windross Farm Golf Club), Sato Tajima (Rotorua Golf Club).



    1 Clarke, Dale 96.00
    2 Curnow, Brent 48.00
    2 Millington, Douglas 48.00
    4 Cormack, Matthew 25.92
    4 Wilson, Mike 25.92

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