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NANNA AND SU-HYUN OH DISPUTING TOP SEEDING

12th June 2013

Championship debutantes Nanna Madsen, 18 years old from Copenhagen, and 17-year-old World No 2 Su-Hyun Oh from Melbourne were sharing the No 1 spot on three-under 141 after an awful day of wind and rain for the second qualifying round of the Ladies British Open Amateur championship at Machynys Golf Club near Llanelli, South Wales.

In even worse weather than it had been for the morning starters in the first round, Nanna did extremely well to return a par-matching 72 for a total of three-under-par 141.

She deviated from par at only four holes - birdies at the 13th and 18th, with bogeys at the 14th and 17th.

"I though the conditions were much more difficult than yesterday and I was glad to return a par 72," said Nanna who wedged to 5ft at the 13th and holed a 15ft putt at the 18th after "a bad chip."

She was bunkered for both her bogeys, off her second shot at the 14th and from her drive at the 17th.

"I am looking forward to the match-play now," she said with a smile.

 Not so happy was fellow-Dane Caroline Nistrup, the overnight leader with a four-under-par 68. She required 11 more strokes to get round today - a 79 for 147.

"I didn't hit so many fairways as I did in the first round and I could not recover from a bad start. But I have qualified for the match-play and that is what it is all about," said Caroline, who is also playing in the championship for the first time.

Nistrup bogeyed the first two holes and then ran up a double bogey 6 at the fourth.

She did birdie the sixth but it did not signal a change in her fortunes for she bogeyed the seventh double-bogeyed the eighth and ended her outward half with another bogey for a total of 43" (seven over par) to the turn.

Caroline did manage to home in par 36 with a couple of birdies cancelling out two bogeys.

Su-Hyun Oh, born in South Korea, emigrated with her family to Australia where she was introduced to golf. She now plays off plus seven of a handicap and reached the quarter-finals of the US amateur champonship (won by Lydia Ko) last year.  She followed up her opening 71 at Machynys with a 70 in arguably far more difficult conditions, including a torrential downpour for the middle part of her round.

She birdied the sixth, 10th and 17th and dropped only one shot, plugged in a bunker at the 14th.

Only 17, she plans to try the LPGA Tour School either at the end of this year or next.

Hayley Davis from Dorset had held the clubhouse lead on 143 (71-72) until Nanna Madsen completed her round.

"I played solidly in a wind that was stronger than for the first round. I birdied the third, fifth, 10th and 18th, with bogeys at the fourth, sixth, 12th and 16th."

Young Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) shot a 73 for level par 144 - and has a "game plan" for the match-play stages.

Amy Boulden, one of last year's Curtis Cup stars from the Nairn victory over the Americans, looked in danger of not making it through among the 64 qualifiers after slumping from a 74 to an 84 for 158.

 The Conwy player birdied the first but then had a nightmare journey to the turn in 44 shots, eight over the card.

She had a double bogey 5 at the short second, followed by a triple bogey 8 at the long third. Boulden continued to leak shots to par at the fourth, fifth, short seventh and eight.

 And her troubls continued after the turn with bogeys at the 10th, short 11th, 12th and 13th. Then Boulden steadied up at last to produce five straight pars for 40 shots home.

  Defending champion Stephanie Meadow shot a 73 for 149 the same total as Georgia Hall (Remedy), another from the World top 10.

Georgia had a 75 today.

Welsh champion Becky Harries, who had a first-round 72, did not cope with the wind and rain as well as expected. She had an 82 for 154 to be borderline for qualifying.







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