Date: November 03, 2007

Women on a roll at Concord

The Legends of women&aposs world golf have upstaged the men in an exciting day at Concord Golf Club in Sydney. Buoyed by dryer conditions and soft greens, the field set about lowering the scores that were posted on a weather-interrupted opening day. Rosie Jones set the pace with a six-under 68 which included a near perfect five-under on the back nine. The American was one-under at the turn before making birdies at 11 and 14 as well as an eagle at 12 to give her the ascendency. “I got it going on the back nine today,” Jones said. “I made four birdies and an eagle through my round to shoot a 68 and go into the final round at five-under, so I&aposm pretty pleased.” Despite her performance, Jones will still go into final round one adrift of the leader Alicia Dibos. The American shot an even-par second round to back up her opening round of six-under. Compatriot Patti Rizzo is in equal-second after posting a 71 on Saturday while JoAnne Carner defied her age to also shoot a 71 and move to three-under, just three shots off the lead. In the men&aposs, Wayne Grady continued his first round dominance, carding a three-under 68 to move into the outright lead by one stroke from New South Welshman David Merriman. The former PGA Championship winner was one-over through the turn, but with three birdies in five holes, the Queenslander moved back to the head of the field. Merriman will perhaps be ruing an inconsistent run late in his round. Although going bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie to finish, Merriman would have hoped for a stronger finish to draw level with Grady. Nevertheless, the scene is set for a final round showdown between the two men with the next group of players probably too far back to challenge. Trevor Downing, Bill Longmuir and Graham Banister are at one-over and have their work cut out for them to overhaul the lead pair. This historic event has drawn the Legends of women&aposs golf together in Sydney. For Jones, it is a great chance to catch up and resume old friendships. “We&aposre really excited to come and play our Legends Tour Open here,” she said. “It&aposs been a great week, it&aposs been a lot of fun and it&aposs kind of like old times. In the late 80&aposs, playing with these girls was far more relaxed. We had a lot of fun and became good friends and it brings back good memories to come back and play with them again.” Be sure to keep checking on Sunday for all of the live action as it unfolds from Concord Golf Club, Sydney. Click here for Women&aposs Leaderboard Click here for Men&aposs Leaderboard Click here for a Round Three draw