Round 1 & 2 Draw
Sanctuary Cove’s Isabelle Taylor has blistered around Bargara Golf Club to set a new course record at the Queensland Girls’ Amateur.
The 17-year-old fired four birdies and an eagle in her closing nine holes to set a new record of 7-under 66, previously established by 2016 champion Kono Matsumoto with 67.
“I was 5-under going into 8 and I had a birdie opportunity but I missed it, so I was thinking that I better birdie 9!” said Taylor after her round.
“I hit a punch five-iron and it rolled up to 3-foot, and the putt was straight up the hill.”
“Last year was a really big learning experience for me, it was my first time in a playoff. I feel like I am a stronger golfer now because of it. I love this course, I think I play okay on it.”
Cassie Porter (Peregian Springs) and Hannah Reeves (Hills) are trailing on 71, with Lion Higo finishing even-par 73 for the day.
There is a three-way tussle atop the boys’ leaderboard with Christian Butterworth (Noosa), Thomas Heaton (The Australian), and Bailey Arnott (Royal Queensland) each shooting 66.
Early morning sunny skies and scattered birdies proved essential for Butterworth, while an eagle on the par-4 8th kickstarted a five-part birdie homerun for Heaton.
“One of my goals is to average less than 30 putts a round, and hopefully I’ll be up there at the end of the week,” said Heaton.
An afternoon wind change provided inspiration for Arnott with his red hot putter the catalyst for a bogey free 66.
“I played some good golf today and hit lots of greens. I holed a few putts, including a few 40-footers which always helps,” said Arnott.
Play continues tomorrow morning from 6.50am with the 36-hole cut narrowing out the top 50 (and ties) for the boys and top 20 (and ties) for the girls. For those that miss the cut, there is an opportunity to play the J.R McCraken Plate on Thursday and Friday.