Australian Ladies Classic Bonville R1

Stephenson cards 66 to take lead

February 20-23
Bonville, New South Wales
€240,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Lauren Stephenson from South Carolina carded a six-under 66 to lead after the first round of the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville.

Australian Ladies Classic R1 - Stephenson takes lead
Courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh, Finland’s Noora Komulainen, Australian Breanna Gill and Korean trio Min A Woon, Ayean Cho and Hye Ji Lee are a stroke off the lead after posting 67s in perfect scoring conditions at Bonville Golf Resort on Thursday.


Stephenson teed off from the ninth hole and began her round with a fast start, carding birdies on four of her first six holes. The second-year LPGA player added three more birdies against one bogey.

“It was a great day. I had seven birdies and one bogey, where I missed a short putt. I made a lot of good putts on the other holes so I couldn’t be too upset about it,” Stephenson said of her round.


“The first nine holes are really scoreable so it’s important to get off to a great start. I made a birdie on my second hole and then just continued that and had three birdies in a row.

“The back nine was really important and it was great to go into the harder holes knowing that I had already had a couple of birdies.”

Stephenson spent last season as a rookie on the LPGA Tour. In 20 starts, the University of Alabama product made 11 cuts and produced one top-10, which was a tie for eighth in her first tournament, the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia. She ended the season ranked 85th on the Race to CME Globe.


This is her fourth week of competition in 2020, as she played in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio and tied for 35th, missed the cut in the ISPS Handa Vic Open and tied for 48th in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open last week.

She said: “I love Australia. I’m super happy to be here for a month. I think I would move here if I didn’t live in the United States. The people are so nice and the golf is so fun. This course is extremely different to what we played the last two weeks in the Vic and Australian Opens, but this course is amazing. It’s nice to play something that’s more familiar to me, because my courses at home have a lot of grain and are similar to this style. I feel at home.”

Dryburgh, who is no stranger to golf in Australia, also started on the ninth hole and tallied six birdies and one bogey, crediting a hot putter as the key to her success.

She said: “Everything was pretty good today. This is my third time back in Bonville and I’ve been in Australia for six weeks now, so I’m loving life out here and the heat is much better than the weather at home. There were six birdies and one bogey, so I was rolling it well with the putter.”


Min A Yoon, making the third start of her professional career, had a solid, bogey-free round. The ALPG Tour rookie commented: “This is my third year of coming to play in Australia. I came here for two years as an amateur and now I have a different mindset as a pro.”

Komulainen started from the first hole and went out in 33, two-under-par, before coming back in three-under 34.

She said: “That was my first round of the season, so I’m happy to start like this. I hit the ball really well and had a lot of birdie chances. I like the course. It’s beautiful and it’s always nice to be here.”

Both Lee and Cho, the top ranked player in the field at 35th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, finished well with four birdies on the back nine to get within one of the lead.


Meanwhile Western Australian Gill, who has won three titles on the ALPG Tour, said that she was playing aggressively from the word ‘go’.

Sweden’s Lina Boqvist and Ireland’s Leona Maguire are tied for eighth place on four-under-par, with a further seven players tied for tenth.

The defending champion Marianne Skarpnord opened with a level par round of 72 to sit in a share of 38th place.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lauren Stephenson (USA)
-6
66
2
Min Yoon (KOR)
-5
67
2
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
-5
67
2
Ayean Cho (KOR)
-5
67
2
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
-5
67
2
Breanna Gill (AUS)
-5
67
2
Hye Ji Lee (KOR)
-5
67
8
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-4
68
8
Leona Maguire (IRL)
-4
68
10
Katherine Perry (USA)
-3
69
10
Amelia Lewis (USA)
-3
69
10
Charlotte Thomas (ENG)
-3
69
10
Stephanie Kyriacou (AUS) (a)
-3
69
10
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-3
69
10
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-3
69
10
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-3
69
17
Anne Van Dam (NED)
-2
70
17
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
-2
70
17
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-2
70
17
Christina Kim (USA)
-2
70
17
Pia Babnik (SLO)
-2
70
17
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-2
70
17
Luna Sobron (ESP)
-2
70
17
Cassie Porter (AUS) (a)
-2
70
17
Peiying Tsai (TPE)
-2
70
17
Hana Lee (KOR)
-2
70
27
Robyn Doig (CAN)
-1
71
27
Jillian Hollis (USA)
-1
71
27
Linnea Strom (SWE)
-1
71
27
Becky Kay (AUS)
-1
71
27
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
-1
71
27
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
-1
71
27
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-1
71
27
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-1
71
27
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
-1
71
27
Celine Herbin (FRA)
-1
71
27
Kim Metraux (SUI)
-1
71
38
Alejandra Llaneza (MEX)
Par
72
38
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
Par
72
38
Karoline Lund (NOR)
Par
72
38
Lydia Hall (WAL)
Par
72
38
Christine Wolf (AUT)
Par
72
38
Stephanie Na (AUS)
Par
72
38
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
Par
72
38
Laura Murray (SCO)
Par
72
38
Robyn Choi (AUS)
Par
72
38
Doey Choi (AUS) (a)
Par
72
38
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
Par
72
38
Chloe Williams (WAL)
Par
72
38
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
Par
72
38
Esther Henseleit (GER)
Par
72
38
Grace St Just (AUS)
Par
72
38
Harang Lee (ESP)
Par
72
38
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
Par
72
38
Maia Schechter (USA)
Par
72
38
Munchin Keh (NZL)
Par
72
57
Ayaka Sugihara (JPN)
1
73
57
Nadine White (AUS)
1
73
57
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
1
73
57
Kylie Henry (SCO)
1
73
57
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
1
73
57
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
1
73
57
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
1
73
57
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
1
73
57
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
1
73
57
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
1
73
57
Maria Fassi (MEX)
1
73
57
Yae Eun Hong (KOR)
1
73
57
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
1
73
57
Megan Osland (CAN)
1
73
57
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
73
57
Mireia Prat (ESP)
1
73
73
Tvesa Malik (IND)
2
74
73
Casey Wild (AUS)
2
74
73
Kelsey Bennett (AUS) (a)
2
74
73
Amy Walsh (AUS)
2
74
73
Grace Kim (AUS) (a)
2
74
73
Hannah Burke (ENG)
2
74
73
Laura Davies (ENG)
2
74
73
Olivia Cowan (GER)
2
74
73
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
2
74
73
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
2
74
73
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
2
74
73
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
2
74
73
Linette Littau Durr Holmslykke (DEN)
2
74
73
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
2
74
73
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
2
74
73
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
2
74
73
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
2
74
73
Elia Folch (ESP)
2
74
73
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
2
74
73
Hanee Song (NZL)
2
74
93
Sock Hwee Koh (SIN)
3
75
93
June Song (AUS) (a)
3
75
93
Sophie Yip (AUS) (a)
3
75
93
Belinda Ji (AUS) (a)
3
75
93
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
75
93
Montana Strauss (AUS)
3
75
93
Beth Allen (USA)
3
75
93
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
3
75
93
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
3
75
93
Anna Young (CAN)
3
75
93
Chizuru Ueda (AUS)
3
75
93
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
3
75
93
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
3
75
93
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
3
75
93
Nina Pegova (RUS)
3
75
108
Charley Jacobs (AUS) (a)
4
76
108
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
4
76
108
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
4
76
108
Manon Gidali (FRA)
4
76
108
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
4
76
108
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
4
76
108
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
4
76
108
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
4
76
108
Georgia Clarke (AUS)
4
76
108
Sian Evans (ENG)
4
76
108
Karina Kukkonen (FIN)
4
76
108
Kirsten Rudgeley (AUS) (a)
4
76
108
Astha Madan (IND)
4
76
108
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
4
76
108
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
4
76
108
Brooke Baker (USA)
4
76
108
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
4
76
108
Katelyn Must (AUS)
4
76
126
Franziska Friedrich (GER)
5
77
126
Kristalle Blum (AUS)
5
77
126
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
5
77
126
Ridhima Dilawari (IND)
5
77
126
Leonie Harm (GER)
5
77
131
Celina Yuan (AUS)
6
78
131
Hannah Park (AUS)
6
78
131
Gaurika Bishnoi (IND)
6
78
131
Laura HOSKIN (NZL)
6
78
131
Bree Arthur (AUS)
6
78
131
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
6
78
131
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
6
78
131
EunJung Ji (KOR)
6
78
131
Elmay Viking (COK)
6
78
131
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
6
78
131
Anne-charlotte Mora (FRA)
6
78
142
Amy Boulden (WAL)
7
79
142
Hannah Hellyer (USA)
7
79
142
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
7
79
142
Soo Jin Lee (AUS)
7
79
142
Stina Resen (NOR)
7
79
142
Miki Nishiyama (JPN)
7
79
148
Justine Dreher (FRA)
8
80
148
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
8
80
148
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
8
80
148
Koto Ishiyama (JPN)
8
80
148
Marta Martin (ESP)
8
80
153
Adele Douglas (AUS) (a)
9
81
153
Natasha Fear (ESP)
9
81
155
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
11
83
156
Adele Huggard (AUS)
17
89