GARVEY LEADS NEW ZEALAND WOMEN'S STROKE PLAY

24/03/2017

Amelia Garvey’s course record equalling seven under 67 came in the calm early morning conditions at the Hastings Golf Club and saw her end the day with a three-shot lead over Alanna Campbell who also caught fire this afternoon finishing with a course record equalling 67 as well.



Garvey, who held a share of the overnight lead, was on fire at the Bridge Pa course with a bogey free round that included seven birdies.

Garvey started proceedings with a run of three birdies in a row from the 3rd hole before narrowly missing a fourth on the par five 6th hole.  Further birdies on the 7th and 8th saw her turn at five under par for the day and increase her lead.

A solid back nine with birdies on the 12th and 18th saw her sign for the course record equalling score.

Garvey who is one of the longer hitters in the women’s amateur game had the luxury of being able to take three wood out on many of the par fours.

“I didn’t get the driver out of the bag too much today. I did on the last two holes because they are pretty wide, but if you find the fairways here you can attack at the pins pretty well” she said.

“I didn’t make many mistakes and played really smart out there.”

While she was bogey free, one of the keys to keeping her momentum going was a strong par save on the 14th hole.

“I made a good up and down there.  There were a couple of par saves today but I didn’t really put myself in that much trouble.”

 

“My Putter was pretty hot but I was stiffing them pretty close on the front nine so it didn’t have to do too much work.”

Garvey would dearly love to announce herself on the main stage with a win this week.

“I won my first national title a month ago in the South Island so to win the New Zealand Stroke Play would be a dream come true really and then with the NZ Amateur Championship in Christchurch it would be good to get the double.”

“I’ll just stick to what I do normally, have a couple of putts to keep feeling the pace of the greens, if your putting well round here you can hole anything so I’ll go on the putting green for a bit and then just chill out for the afternoon.”

With Garvey on fire, Campbell needed her hot afternoon round to recover from a slow start in round one where she finished with a two over par 76.

Campbell started on the back nine and made birdies on the 11th, 13th and 18th to turn in three under par. She birdied the 2nd before eagling the par five 3rd hole and added yet another birdie on the 6th. With three holes left Campbell gave herself three good chances to make a final birdie to get the record on her own but in each instance her putts slipped by.

Looking to make moves on the weekend will be Chantelle Cassidy (Riverside Golf Club) on four under par with Rose Zheng (Pakuranga Golf Club) and Juliana Hung (Russley ) a further shot back on three under par.

 

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