Australian Ladies Classic Bonville R2

Lauren Stephenson takes one stroke lead into weekend

February 20-23
Bonville, New South Wales
€240,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Lauren Stephenson ended with an eagle three on the last hole for an eight-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville on Friday.

Australian Ladies Classic R2 - Stephenson leading
Courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Stephenson finished just ahead of 19-year-old Ayean Cho. The 2019 KLPGA Tour Rookie of the Year set the clubhouse lead with her own blistering 64 to go to 13-under after 36 holes, but it wasn’t enough to keep Stephenson from leading for a second successive day.


“I haven’t looked at any leader boards or anything. I’m just figuring out my game,” said 22-year-old Stephenson, from South Carolina in the United States.

She posted five birdies on the front nine, but her charge stalled with a double bogey on the 13th hole. However, she bounced back with birdies on 14, 15 and 17, followed by a brilliant eagle on the 477-yard par-5 18th.


“I hit a brilliant drive down the middle of the fairway on 18 and then I had 210 yards in, which is the perfect number for my 5-wood. I hit a really good 5-wood and that is my favourite hybrid or wood, because it goes dead straight. I had 15 feet for eagle and I’ve been making those all day, so I kept the same rhythm.

“The birdie on the 17th was important and the par putt on 16. The 16th is honestly a really tough hole, because even though it’s short, the green is really tricky. Where that pin was today was tough and I’m sure there were plenty of three-putts there today. I made a really nice putt for par, which was huge.”

Cho, the world number 35 and Stephenson, the world number 179, will go head to head over the weekend and Stephenson said that she had watched the teenage phenom feature in the television coverage over the last two weeks’ LPGA events in Australia, the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, where she tied for 16th and sixth respectively.


“I have never played with her before but I know she’s played really well the last two weeks and I know she’s really young. I watched her a little bit on TV the last two weeks. I think it’s about having fun this weekend and getting confidence here. I’ve made a lot of swing changes at the end of last season and I finally feel like those are paying off and I’m feeling more comfortable with it. That’s been my goal for this week, so it’s really nice to get my confidence boosted.

“I’ll just take it one shot at a time and focus on what I’m doing. At the end of the day, you can’t control what anyone else does and whoever’s meant to win, will win. It’s just sticking with my game plan and hitting the shots I need to hit and try to make as many birdies as I can.”


New South Wales amateur Stephanie Kyriacou also eagled the last for a nine-under-par 63 late in the day to finish on 12-under-par and alone in third position. Her card included five birdies and two eagles, at the seventh and 18th holes.

Ladies European Tour rookie member Charlotte Thomas, Linnea Strom and Noora Tamminen are tied for fourth on seven-under, while Gemma Dryburgh, Anne Van Dam, Meghan MacLaren, Lina Boqvist, Peiying Tsai and Hye Ji Lee share seventh on six-under-par.

England’s Felicity Johnson eagled the last to make the cut, one of 78 players at two-over-par or better.

The third round gets under way on Saturday at 7.15am local time.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Lauren Stephenson (USA)
-14
66
64
130
2
Ayean Cho (KOR)
-13
67
64
131
3
Stephanie Kyriacou (AUS) (a)
-12
69
63
132
4
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
-7
67
70
137
4
Charlotte Thomas (ENG)
-7
69
68
137
4
Linnea Strom (SWE)
-7
71
66
137
7
Peiying Tsai (TPE)
-6
70
68
138
7
Hye Ji Lee (KOR)
-6
67
71
138
7
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
-6
67
71
138
7
Anne Van Dam (NED)
-6
70
68
138
7
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-6
70
68
138
7
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-6
68
70
138
13
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-5
69
70
139
14
Pia Babnik (SLO)
-4
70
70
140
14
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-4
70
70
140
14
Luna Sobron (ESP)
-4
70
70
140
14
Breanna Gill (AUS)
-4
67
73
140
14
Ayaka Sugihara (JPN)
-4
73
67
140
14
Amelia Lewis (USA)
-4
69
71
140
14
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-4
72
68
140
14
Doey Choi (AUS) (a)
-4
72
68
140
14
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-4
72
68
140
23
Cassie Porter (AUS) (a)
-3
70
71
141
23
Leona Maguire (IRL)
-3
68
73
141
23
Hana Lee (KOR)
-3
70
71
141
23
Celine Herbin (FRA)
-3
71
70
141
23
Kylie Henry (SCO)
-3
73
68
141
23
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-3
74
67
141
23
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
-3
70
71
141
30
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
-2
73
69
142
30
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-2
71
71
142
30
Kim Metraux (SUI)
-2
71
71
142
30
Tvesa Malik (IND)
-2
74
68
142
30
Katherine Perry (USA)
-2
69
73
142
30
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-2
72
70
142
30
Min Yoon (KOR)
-2
67
75
142
30
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-2
73
69
142
38
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
-1
71
72
143
38
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-1
73
70
143
38
Robyn Doig (CAN)
-1
71
72
143
38
Becky Kay (AUS)
-1
71
72
143
42
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
Par
71
73
144
42
Laura Gonzalez Escallon (BEL)
Par
71
73
144
42
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
Par
78
66
144
42
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
Par
75
69
144
42
Aditi Ashok (IND)
Par
69
75
144
42
Robyn Choi (AUS)
Par
72
72
144
42
Esther Henseleit (GER)
Par
72
72
144
42
Christina Kim (USA)
Par
70
74
144
50
Sian Evans (ENG)
1
76
69
145
50
Harang Lee (ESP)
1
72
73
145
50
Yae Eun Hong (KOR)
1
73
72
145
50
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
1
74
71
145
50
Mireia Prat (ESP)
1
73
72
145
50
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
73
72
145
50
Leonie Harm (GER)
1
77
68
145
50
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
1
73
72
145
50
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
1
76
69
145
50
Chloe Williams (WAL)
1
72
73
145
50
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
1
73
72
145
61
Linette Littau Durr Holmslykke (DEN)
2
74
72
146
61
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
2
74
72
146
61
Kirsten Rudgeley (AUS) (a)
2
76
70
146
61
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
2
72
74
146
61
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
2
69
77
146
61
Nina Pegova (RUS)
2
75
71
146
61
Alejandra Llaneza (MEX)
2
72
74
146
61
Karoline Lund (NOR)
2
72
74
146
61
Sophie Yip (AUS) (a)
2
75
71
146
61
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
2
76
70
146
61
Stephanie Na (AUS)
2
72
74
146
61
Grace Kim (AUS) (a)
2
74
72
146
61
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
2
75
71
146
61
Montana Strauss (AUS)
2
75
71
146
61
Olivia Cowan (GER)
2
74
72
146
61
Beth Allen (USA)
2
75
71
146
61
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
2
73
73
146
61
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
2
72
74
146
79
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
3
74
73
147
79
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
3
74
73
147
79
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
3
74
73
147
79
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
3
74
73
147
79
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
3
71
76
147
79
Maria Fassi (MEX)
3
73
74
147
79
Anna Young (CAN)
3
75
72
147
79
Megan Osland (CAN)
3
73
74
147
79
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
3
73
74
147
79
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
3
75
72
147
79
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
3
75
72
147
79
Belinda Ji (AUS) (a)
3
75
72
147
79
Christine Wolf (AUT)
3
72
75
147
79
Laura Davies (ENG)
3
74
73
147
79
Jillian Hollis (USA)
3
71
76
147
94
Ridhima Dilawari (IND)
4
77
71
148
94
Grace St Just (AUS)
4
72
76
148
94
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
4
74
74
148
94
Astha Madan (IND)
4
76
72
148
94
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
4
76
72
148
94
Maia Schechter (USA)
4
72
76
148
94
Munchin Keh (NZL)
4
72
76
148
94
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
4
76
72
148
94
Katelyn Must (AUS)
4
76
72
148
94
Hanee Song (NZL)
4
74
74
148
94
Casey Wild (AUS)
4
74
74
148
94
Nadine White (AUS)
4
73
75
148
94
Kelsey Bennett (AUS) (a)
4
74
74
148
94
Charley Jacobs (AUS) (a)
4
76
72
148
94
Amy Boulden (WAL)
4
79
69
148
94
Manon Gidali (FRA)
4
76
72
148
94
Hannah Hellyer (USA)
4
79
69
148
94
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
4
72
76
148
94
Laura Murray (SCO)
4
72
76
148
94
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
4
76
72
148
94
Georgia Clarke (AUS)
4
76
72
148
94
Kristalle Blum (AUS)
4
77
71
148
116
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
5
74
75
149
116
EunJung Ji (KOR)
5
78
71
149
116
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
5
74
75
149
116
Sock Hwee Koh (SIN)
5
75
74
149
120
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
6
78
72
150
120
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
6
76
74
150
120
Chizuru Ueda (AUS)
6
75
75
150
120
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
6
73
77
150
120
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
6
76
74
150
125
Annelie Sjoholm (SWE)
7
75
76
151
125
Marta Martin (ESP)
7
80
71
151
125
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
7
75
76
151
125
June Song (AUS) (a)
7
75
76
151
125
Franziska Friedrich (GER)
7
77
74
151
125
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
7
76
75
151
131
Karina Kukkonen (FIN)
8
76
76
152
131
Natasha Fear (ESP)
8
81
71
152
131
Elia Folch (ESP)
8
74
78
152
131
Brooke Baker (USA)
8
76
76
152
131
Hannah Park (AUS)
8
78
74
152
131
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
8
80
72
152
137
Soo Jin Lee (AUS)
9
79
74
153
137
Anne-charlotte Mora (FRA)
9
78
75
153
137
Bree Arthur (AUS)
9
78
75
153
137
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
9
77
76
153
141
Miki Nishiyama (JPN)
10
79
75
154
141
Justine Dreher (FRA)
10
80
74
154
143
Stina Resen (NOR)
11
79
76
155
143
Celina Yuan (AUS)
11
78
77
155
143
Amy Walsh (AUS)
11
74
81
155
143
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
11
76
79
155
143
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
11
78
77
155
148
Koto Ishiyama (JPN)
12
80
76
156
148
Gaurika Bishnoi (IND)
12
78
78
156
148
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
12
79
77
156
151
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
13
80
77
157
152
Adele Douglas (AUS) (a)
14
81
77
158
152
Laura HOSKIN (NZL)
14
78
80
158
154
Elmay Viking (COK)
16
78
82
160
154
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
16
83
77
160
156
Adele Huggard (AUS)
89
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