Victoria Golf Club gets a little Winter Olympics by-play

Caroline Hedwall, world No.23, had her fourth hole in one as a pro .... but still no car.
Caroline Hedwall, world No.23, had her fourth hole in one as a pro …. but still no car.

IT WILL BE Sweden versus Norway in the third round of the Women’s Australian Open Saturday as the Victoria Golf Club gets a little taste of the fierce Winter Olympics rivalry between the two Nordic neighbours.

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall came out in the second round with a stunning 7-under 65 that included a hole in one on the 16th and a birdie, eagle, birdie finish on her back nine (she started on the 10th).

That was enough for an 11-under total and a one stroke lead over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, a little subdued after her opening round 66, but still posting a 68 despite showing signs of not being entirely happy with her swing.

Headwell was clearly delighted with her round and with evidence she is as big a power hitter as her Norwegian rival.  There is an obvious strong rivalry between the two northern European nations.

“Yeah, especially now when the Olympics are on,” Headwall said. “We’re great competitors.  It’s fun though; we force each other to play better in all sports.”

Pettersen admitted it was not her best round but was confident of sticking it out.

“I know where my mistakes come from, so it’s kind of an easy fix – especially when you know what the fault is. It’s a decent day. No complaints – shooting 4 under on not the best day.”

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Boom 17 year old WA amateur MinJee Lee, runner up at the Ladies Masters last week, had another great round – a 5-under 67 – to sit in outright third on 9-under. The infectiously enthusiastic youngster no doubt added to her growing legion of fans.

“Well, I don’t really care where I am [on the leaderboard], I’m happy wherever I am,” she said, revealing she is on  a “gap year” after graduating high school last year and is still considering her future options.

The official cut was made at Even with 76 players making the weekend round.

US star Stacey Lewis shot a 3-under 69 but didn’t seem to be at one with her swing at all times … particularly with this approach shot on the 10th. Lewis finished tied for 29th on 4-under along with Karrie Webb (69) and a few others.
US star Stacey Lewis shot a 3-under 69 but didn’t seem to be at one with her swing at all times … particularly with this approach shot on the 10th. Lewis finished tied for 29th on 4-under along with Karrie Webb (69) and a few others.

AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION COVERAGE:

Live coverage over the four days on the ABC (AEST)

Saturday 15 February – 1.30pm – 6:00pm (ABC1)

Sunday 16 February – 1:00pm – 6:00pm (ABC1)

2014 Women’s Australian Open Leaderboard

2014 Women’s Australian Open Leaderboard

 

 

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