Kathryn Norris from Mandurah Golf Club in WA leads the Rene Erichsen Salver after firing an impressive 3-under round of 70 at Royal Adelaide.
Norris, ranked 12th nationally, started superbly, moving to five-under thru 16 holes, before posting two late bogeys to hold onto a one stroke lead ahead of Queenslander Becky Kay.
“I got off to a pretty slow start making five pars and then I made a birdie and from then on I played pretty steady. I knocked a couple close and holed a couple of good putts and then hit a couple of shots slightly wrong off the tee on the last couple of holes and that ended up in a couple of bogeys”.
Norris has continued her fine form after finishing runner up at the WA Amateur last weekend.
“I was hitting it pretty solid and putting good, but got it slightly wrong off the tee on the last couple of holes which ended up in some bogeys, but overall I was pretty happy. I was feeling pretty comfortable”. Norris said.
Becky Kay who won the Junior Masters here at Royal Adelaide in January was happy with her 2-under round of 71.
“I got to 2 under pretty early and then I dropped a few shots back to even and got back to two-under pretty quick and then had all pars on the back nine, so it was a pretty slow back nine. I missed a few birdie opportunities to go lower, but all up I played pretty well.”
“I hit a lot of fairways so I guess that helped here. If I do the same tomorrow and hole a few more putts I will be really happy.” Kay said.
Charley Jacobs from the Glenelg Golf Club is the leading South Australian in a four-way tie for fifth. Jacobs is at 1-over after a round of 74. Fellow Glenelg member Elysia Yap is one shot further back.