Date: February 15, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Colombian Uribe seizes lead at Royal Canberra

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.