Day Three LIVE: Skarpnord makes a surprise move

12.00pm Skarpnord A Surprise Mover

Marianne Skarpnord has made a stunning move on the front nine with a five under par 30 to vault to a two shot lead.

The Australian-based Norwegian professional birdied the second, third, fourth, seventh and eighth holes to turn for home at seven under par, and a two shot lead from overnight leader Spain’s Nuria Iturrios, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, and Sydney’s Doey Choi.

Turrios, playing alongside Hannah Green and Choi, opened with a double-bogey six to come back to the field. before settling with seven straight pars before dropping another shot on the ninth.

10.00am Tune into Fox Sports Ch 507

There’s a thrilling weekend shaping on course at the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville but if you can’t be here don’t panic – FOXSports is bringing you all the action live from 10.30am both Saturday and Sunday.

Can standout amateur Doey Choi or Western Australia’s Hannah Green chase down 36-hole leader Nuria Iturrios of Spain?

Or will the 2016 Lalla Meryam Cup winner hold on to – or even increase – her four stroke lead? 

With gusty winds predicted and a Bonville layout that rewards precise ball striking and a deft putting touch it’s sure to be an enthralling battle for what is quickly bcoming one of Australian golf’s most prestigious titles.

8.45am: The Tale Of The Tape – How Bonville Played

Tune in to FOXSports Channel 507 from 10.30am EADT for live coverage with Warren Smith and Annabel Rolley calling all the action from the booth, Bruce Young on course and former LET player Emma de Groot handling the interviews.

Those hoping to lift the trophy tomorrow at the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville will have to do two things well: start and finish their rounds.

22/02/2019. Ladies European Tour 2019. The Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. 21-24 February 2019. A view up the 9th hole. Credit: Tristan Jones

The statistics from the first two days suggest Bonville’s opening hole is the fifth hardest on the course and two of the three most difficult are to be found at the closing stretch.

There were just 13 birdies recorded at the first hole on Thursday and Friday combined with 91 bogeys and 24 double bogeys or worse.

At the other end of the course, the par-4 16th has been the most difficult both days with the devilish par-3 17th ranked fourth on day one and second on day two.

At 354 metres the 16th doesn’t rely on length alone for its defence, but the tilted gree requires a precise approach and deft putting touch.

Only 11 players have made birdie at the hole over the first two days while 29 players have made double bogey or worse and 116 made bogey.

At the 131 metre par-3 17th 18 players made double bogey or worse a with the same number recording birdies. There were 82 bogeys.

There is some respite at the end of the round, however, the par-5 18th the fourth easiest hole over the opening two days with two eagles and 67 birdies.

7.30am: No Respite for Classic Field

If the players at the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville were hoping for some respite from yesterday’s strong winds they will be disappointed.
The forecast is for gusts up to 45 km/h and even before the first groups hit off conditions were blustery.

The wind played its part on Friday afternoon

Friday’s second round scoring was much more difficult than the opening round with just five sub-par scores recorded and only one round in the 60’s, that of leader Nuria Iturrios.

Nine players will start the weekend in red figures, Iturrios at 8-under a four-shot leader from Sydney amateur Doey Choi and five ahead of Hannah Green.
Four players share third place at 2-under including former Solheim Cup player Madelene Sagstrom.

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