LEE IN COMMAND AT NEW ZEALAND STROKEPLAY

14/03/2020

13-year-old Korean golf team member Jeong Hyun Lee holds a commanding four-shot lead at the top of the table after round three at the New Zealand Women’s Strokeplay at Hastings Golf Club.

She carded another consistent round of four-under par to get to 10-under for the tournament to lead defending champion Carmen Lim and Darae Chung who are at six-under par.

She turned up this week after a good performance at last week’s Super 6’s event in Manawatu in some good form and wants to finish the week with a victory.

Lee says the secret to achieving her goal is to keep her composure.

“I’m going to remain really calm tomorrow. I’m just going to focus on my own game and stay patient. I’m not going to be greedy and I’m going to play with the same game plan as I did today,” she explains.

Lee got off to a good start with a birdie at the first followed by another at the par 3 fourth. She made two more at the seventh and the ninth but made bogeys on the fifth and eighth holes to make the turn in two-under par.

She picked up two more birdies late in her back nine at the 16th and 17th and says remaining steady was the key to her round today.

“I’m really happy with how I played. I made some really good birdie putts and some nice par saves which held my round together. I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Lee says.

Defending champion Carmen Lim made a charge the leaderboard, carding four-under to keep her in the fight.

She finished in a flurry with an eagle on the 17th before rolling in a long birdie putt at 18.

“It was a really good day today. I was three-under through nine, but I started to make a couple of bogeys on the back after the wind got up a little bit.

“I actually got stung by a bee on the 17th tee and then made eagle holing a 30-metre pitch shot and birdie the last.

“It was really cool having my coach [Sam Parsons] on the bag today too,” she says.

Lim is aware that she is the defending champion but is not something she’s been letting herself think about this week, and is looking forward to the challenge.

She’ll be paired with the leader Lee, and Chung who is also on six-under.

The women will get underway from 7.45 tomorrow morning with the men teeing off from 11am.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 198.40
    2 Smail, Charlie 99.20
    3 Jones, Samuel 98.40
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 80.00
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 80.00
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 117.08
    2 Kang, Sumin 104.40
    3 Chung, Darae 100.00
    4 Im, Amy 61.07
    5 Ju, Angela 60.00