Aussies sixth in China


Alizza Hetherington
Australia's Alizza Hetherington putts during today's fine 69 in China.

Australia is in sixth position after two days of the Queen Sirikit Cup women's championship in China.

The Australian team of Karis Davidson, Becky Kay and Alizza Hetherington are at four-over par overall after 36 holes, 12 shots behind the runaway leader South Korea, which has dominated the competition in recent years.

The highlight of the second day was the performance of national team debutant Hetherington, the Victorian amateur champion, who followed her opening 83 with a second-round 69 with four birdies and a bogey.

Queenslanders Davidson (75 today) and Kay (74) are at five-over, tied-14th in the individual competition at Shuangshan Golf Club.

"I tried so hard today to play well,'' said Hetherington. "I wanted to shoot a good score for the team. I hit the ball really nicely today and played smarter than yesterday using my yardage book and hitting it to my target. I felt much more comfortable today than yesterday. "

Team manager Virginia Irwin said Kay went unrewarded for a great ball-striking round.  "All of the girls played well today with some shots not getting rewarded,'' she said.

"We reinforced planning and strategy at our meeting last night and the team is starting to find some form. I am really pleased for Alizza, who looked like she was playing well from the opening hole. The girls had a couple of bounces that didn't go our way but we are all really excited to compete hard in the final round." 

The Koreans, at eight-under, lead the competition by five shots from Japan at three-under.

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