Spain's Nuria Iturrios holds a four-shot lead after the second round of the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic following a superbly crafted five under par 67 in trying conditions at Bonville Golf Resort.
The 23-year-old from Majorca played steady golf early, with just a lone birdie on the card on her front nine, before sizzling around the back in a remarkable blemish-free four under 33.
She hit the eight under mark with a birdie on her final hole of the day, the 18th, just as the afternoon half of the field got their rounds underway.
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A testament to the quality of her play, Iturrios was the only player to break 70 in the morning field, and the only player in the tournament to remain bogey-free through 36 holes.
“I hit a lot of good shots,” Iturrios said post round. ”After 36 holes with no bogeys, I’m feeling very good.”
Three shots behind the Spaniard is the overnight leader, Sydney amateur Doey Choi who carded a two-over par 74.
Battling nerves and strengthen ing afternoon winds, Choi got off to a rocky start with bogeys on her second and third holes before righting the ship with a brace of birdies on the fourth, 10th, and 14th holes.
A bogey on 16, followed by a disastrous four-putt double bogey on the 17th brought her back to the chasing pack.
A solid up and down on the last from the back bunker to save par meant Choi will enter the third round alongside Iturrios in the final group of the day.
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Western Australia’s Hannah Green is a shot back in third after an even-par 72, while Sweden’s Linnea Strom looked like joining Green until an unfortunate bogey on her last hole of the day.
Seventy players made the cut, which fell at seven over par.
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