Jeong Hyun Lee continues to impress during her time in New Zealand as she takes shoots a round of five-under to take a one-shot lead going into round two of the New Zealand Women’s Strokeplay.

After contending in last week’s Super 6’s event, she’s carried her form over to this week opening with a bogey-less round at Hastings Golf Club.

“I played really well today. I hit every green and managed to make a lot of birdies.

“I’m happy with how I played today but I had a lot of chances for birdies and I missed a few short putts, but I will try and hole them tomorrow,” Lee says.

The 13-year-old is simply enjoying her time in New Zealand and her golf seems to be flourishing since her arrival at the beginning of the month.

“The weather is nice here and I like playing with the friends that I made here last year.”

She’s hoping she can put four rounds together this week with eyes on a national title during her stay down under.

“I played last week and played well for three days; I didn’t play very well in the final round. I want to play well for four days and maybe win the golf tournament,” she says.

Lee will need to hold off last years champion Carmen Lim who got her campaign off to a good start today. She carded a round of three-under to be sitting in a share of third place.

She’s happy with how she’s placed early in the tournament.

“I didn’t start off so great on the front nine, but I restarted early on the back and got things together. I managed to hole some putts and finished okay.

“The greens a very quick. They’re going to get faster as the week progresses, so we’ll see how we go.

“It’s pretty early on in the week, I’m not thinking about leaderboards or anything. I’m just going to keep playing my game,” Lim says.

Fiona Xu is a shot ahead on four-under, trailing by a shot.

Play gets underway tomorrow morning at 7.45.



    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 165.33
    2 Smail, Charlie 82.67
    3 Jones, Samuel 82.00
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 66.67
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 66.67
    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