LEE RETAINS HER LEAD GOING INTO WEEKEND AT NEW ZEALAND STROKEPLAY

13/03/2020

Jeong Hyun Lee retains her one-stroke lead in the New Zealand Women’s Strokeplay with another sub-par round.

She carded a second round of one-under to finish at six-under after the second day to lead by a single stroke over Fiona Xu.

It was a completely different day for Lee who was over par for much of her second round, but rallied and made birdies on her back nine to finish in red numbers once again.

“I started badly, and I shot two-over on my front nine. I had too many three-putts, but I got the feel again on the back nine and managed to make four birdies to save my round.

“I figured out I was lining the ball up too far right and I was missing everything to the right. Once I figured that out, I was able to fix it and I started putting well again,” Lee explains.

She says although she hasn’t completed her goal of playing four good rounds in a row, she still wants the end result to be the same.

“The goal is still to win the tournament,” Lee says.

Auckland amateur Fiona Xu will be looking to have her say. She also carded a round of 71 to remain one behind.

She says she feels confident going into the weekend.

“I had three birdies, but I doubled the 18th. I got those shots back on the 11th, 15th and the ninth hole.

“I’m pretty confident with my game, I think I can play better tomorrow. I won’t think about winning, I’m just going to play my game,” she explains.

Xu won for the first time at the Mount Open last year on the Jennian Homs Charles Tour, but wants to add a national amateur title to her growing trophy cabinet.

“It’d mean a lot as it’s a New Zealand title. It’d be a cool trophy to get my name on.”

Play gets underway in round three at 7.45am

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    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
    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