Date: October 20, 2006

Australia ready to strike

Australia is poised to make its move in the women’s World Amateur Teams Championship in South Africa after a solid performance in the second round. The team held on to joint seventh position with Korea and Chinese Taipei despite some missed opportunities on the last nine holes of the De Zalze course near Cape Town. Frances Bondad was the star performer, posting a three under par 69 while Emma Bennett and Kate Combes had rounds of 74 and 76 respectively. Bondad handled the inconsistent putting surfaces well throughout the round to post one of the best scores of the day. She kept the ball below the hole, which was the key to her sub par round. Bennett looked set to repeat her first round 69 but found trouble on 12. A double bogey knocked her confidence and she failed to recover, especially on the greens. Combes improved on yesterday, but like Bennett found the greens difficult to negotiate. Three putts on four of the last holes was a major blow for the Victorian who is determined to add her score to the leading two results from each day. Although pleased with the result, team manager Ian Triggs believes Australia did miss a good opportunity to finish well up the leaderboard after day two. We had a real chance to be right up there but it just didn t happen for us, he said. The girls played exceptional golf. Emma hit more greens and fairways than yesterday but finished up with 34 putts. She just couldn’t hole anything. Kate had 36 putts and her ball striking was just as good. I think Frances had under 30 putts, so that s where the score was really decided. It’s a shame we played so well and looked good but we didn t get the number we needed to. Triggs said Australia would have to make a move tomorrow to have any chance of catching leaders South Africa. He believed the South African team would be hard to beat given their three shot lead over Germany. We know that we ve got to move tomorrow. If we can get the rounds in to finish between six and eight under then we re a chance. It will depend on how South Africa handles the pressure. If they do handle the heat then we probably won t catch them. But then they ve never been in this situation before, so it s going to be interesting. Australia is paired with Korea and Chinese Taipei in the third round on the Stellenbosch course. Round One World Amateur Teams Championship, Stellenbosch South Africa 277 South Africa 138 138 280 Germany 141 139 281 Japan 137 144 282 France 146 136 284 England 145 139 Sweden 139 145 286 Korea 145 141 Chinese Taipei 139 147 Australia 143 143 288 Colombia 147 141 289 Netherlands 149 140 290 Canada 142, 148 USA 144 146 New Zealand 146 144 291 Spain 145 146 292 Italy 148 144 293 Austria 151 142 Leading individuals: 137 Rikako Morita (Japan) 65 72 138 Ashleigh Simon (South Africa) 69 69 139 Kalli Shean (South Africa) 70 69, Pei-Lin Yu (Chinese Taipei