Oh matches own course record at 13th Beach

Su Oh
Su Oh during the second round at the 2017 Oates Vic Open.

 

Just when it looked like three of Europe’s leading ladies were going to run away with the 2017 Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach, Victorian Su Oh soared into calculations late on Friday afternoon.

The 2015 runner-up matched her course record on the Beach Course, her 8-under 65 leaving her as one of four players in second position at the halfway mark.

Dane Nicole Broch Larsen’s second straight round of 6-under 67 gave her a two-stroke lead over a stacked field in Barwon Heads, her lead stretching to as many as four shots at one stage.

But three straight birdies in the middle of her back nine dragged Oh to 10-under for the week, alongside countrywoman Whitney Hiller and Ladies European Tour regulars Sandra Gal and Holly Clyburn.

Oh, who represented Australia at the Rio Olympics, was proud of her Friday 65 but admitted she’d still left herself work to do over the weekend.

“So I needed one more birdie to beat it?” asked Oh when she was informed she’d matched her 2015 Beach Course record.

“Disappointing… but the lead is only two shots.

“There’s a lot of birdie opportunities out there, we get into the par-5s in two and we’ve been hitting a lot of short irons and wedges in, so I think there’s a lot of birdies out there.

“I left a couple out there, I made a six on a par-5 again!”

 

Oh’s opening 2-under 71 on the Creek Course meant the spotlight shone elsewhere heading into day two, but that changed after lunch on Friday when the 20-year-old made the turn at 6-under par for the round.

Gal recorded six birdies of her own in a frantic eight-hole stretch that kickstarted her tournament, while England’s Clyburn ground to a round of 69 that saw her retain her share of second place at the end of play.

But Larsen looked the player to beat on Friday in Barwon Heads, the Dane playing 34 holes this week without a bogey before recording her first dropped stroke on the par-3 17th.

Despite leading the LET’s season-opener by two strokes heading into the weekend, Larsen conceded she’s yet to produce her best golf.

“I think I’ve got some good bounces,” joked Larsen after her round.

“I’m not hitting the ball like I really want to, I’m not flushing it at all.

“I hit 16 greens [in regulation] today and 17 yesterday, so I’m going good even though I’m not striking the ball well.”

 

 

Larsen’s playing partner Mel Reid looked frustrated on Friday en route to a 3-under 70, leaving her in a share of sixth at 9-under.

The Englishwoman is joined at that mark by South Korean amateur Hye-Jin Choi, while American Angel Yin and Australian veteran Katherine Kirk hold down T8.

Kirk was grouped with Larsen and Reid and did well to stay in touch on Friday, bouncing back from a double-bogey on the 3rd hole with an eagle-birdie stretch late in the day.

Unable to cope with Friday afternoon’s conditions was overnight leader Laura Davies, the 45-time LET winner backing up her staggering opening round of 65 with a 3-over 76.

But the four-time major winner remains in the hunt at 13th Beach, currently in a share of 18th on the standings at 5-under for the week.

Australia’s highest-ranked female golfer, Minjee Lee, will also need a change in fortune over the coming two days on the Beach Course.

The young West Australian’s 2-under 71 lifted her to a share of 46th, a distant 11 strokes back of outright leader Larsen.

Australian amateurs Karis Davidson (T46) and Stephanie Bunque (T57) both qualified for the weekend’s action, Bunque making it on the number at even-par.

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