GOLF: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Update – Mariajo Uribe takes narrow lead over Ko and Shin

GOLF: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Update – Mariajo Uribe takes narrow lead over Ko and Shin

Mariajo Uribe

[15-Feb-2013] Canberra, 15 February 2013: Colombian Mariajo Uribe fired a 6-under par 67 to overtake Kiwi Lydia Ko and Korean World Number 7 Jiyai Shin and leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by one stroke after the second round at Royal Canberra Golf Club.

Uribe, who is bogey-free through 36 holes, finished her second round at 15-under par, one clear of Ko and Shin who finished with rounds of 69 and 67 respectively.  “I went out just wanting to get in the competition more, after two months without playing, so it was a fun round. I was never kind of in the 9 under or anything. I made good putts, took advantage of the opportunities and the same thing I did today. So I feel pretty good,” Uribe said.  “It’s funny because the tournaments I play better are the ones that I’m rusty or that I’m not hitting the ball that well.  I think I come in with low expectations and things kind of happen.”

Ko said she was comfortable with her round following her opening round heroics.  “I think 4 under is a pretty good score out there.  I mean, it’s not an easy golf course.  I’m pretty sure it is a pretty good score for me. I mean at some points, because my putting was so good yesterday when it didn’t go in I was a little disappointed but I think I putted well out there and played well,” Ko said.

Western Australian Kristie Smith is four strokes behind Ko and Shin at 10-under par after her second round 68. Smith won the Royal Canberra Ladies Classic at the host venue in 2010, shooting a course record in the process.

Spaniard Beatriz Recari is in outright fifth at 9-under par while Queenslander Sarah-Jane Smith finished at 8-under par with England’s Holly Aitchison in a tie for sixth.

Rolex World Number 1 Taiwanese Yani Tseng is in a six-way tie for eighth place with American defending champion Jessica Korda, fellow American Gerina Piller, Australian Rebecca Artis, Italian Giulia Sergas and Japan’s Ayako Uehara.

World Number 12 Karrie Webb and England’s Laura Davies were among those to advance to the weekend on the cut line at 1-under par.


ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Preview

Michelle Wie

02-13-2013 – Nine of the world’s top twenty players lead a stellar field at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open starting tomorrow at Royal Canberra Golf Club. Headlining the morning groups are Rolex World Number 1 Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei, American Michelle Wie and newly crowned ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open champion Lydia Ko at 9.10am off the 10th tee.

In the other morning pairings, American Lexi Thompson, Scot Catriona Matthew and World Number 6 Korean So Yeon Ryu tee off together while Queenslander Katherine Hull-Kirk, American Brittany Lincicome and France’s Gwladys Nocera begin at 8.50am. World Number 12 Karrie Webb, World Number 3 Stacy Lewis and defending champion Jessica Korda headline the afternoon field, teeing off the first at 12.50pm.

Feisty Lewis has her eyes on the No. 1 ranking, having climbed to No. 2 last year before sliding to No. 3 late in the year behind Tseng and Na Yeon Choi of South Korea. Tiger’s niece Cheyenne Woods tees off with Swede Anna Nordqvist and Korean World Number 8 Jiyai Shin among other major groups in the afternoon.

[Story Source: Ladies European Tour ]

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