Bonville Golf Resort, 5 - 7 April, 2024

The Australian Women's Classic Bonville - Presented by Pacific Bay Resort Studios

Saturday Dash: Whitting Joins The leaders

1.15 PM: Whitting Joins the Leaders

Jess Whitting has joined Nicole Broch Estrup and Peiying Tsai at the top of the Australian Women’s Classic leaderboard with a bogey-free 66.

The West Australian’s birdies came on the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 12th, and the 18th.

Whitting said a few weeks back at home in Perth after the Webex TPS Hunter Valley tournament proved the catalyst for her stellar opening round.

“I was just relaxing and enjoying my time back in Perth, having practicing that isn’t disturbed and pressured.”

“Hunter Valley did set me up well and I found some things in my swing and I’ve been working on that.”

Whitting said that trying to ply her craft in the United States had been a tough journey, but cometing against players on the LET had awoken her to the reality she could be competitive against them regularly.

“Obviously it’s been a big three years trying to get to the LPGA, but seeing that I can compete against them might my change my goals for then end of the year; I might consider Q School, iIdont know how it works as a non member but i might have to look into those options.”

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Nicole Broch Estrup rolls in a birdie on her last hole of the day

12.20 PM: Point to Prove – 66 Vaults Broch Estrup to the lead

A point scoring game inspired by her husband has helped Denmark’s Nicole Broich Estrup to the top of the leaderboard midway through the rain-delayed opening round of the Australian Women’s Classic Bonville Presented by Pacific Bay Resort Studios.

After resuming her rain-interrupted opening round on the 12th, the Dane dropped her only shot of the day. It might have been a slow start, with her first birdie finally coming on the reachable par-five 18th, but from there, she went on a tear, with birdies on the first, fifth, seventh and her final hole, the 8th, to card a respectable six-under-par 66.

“Obviously yesterday was a weird day. We knew it was going to be bad,” Estrop explained. “My husband said to me this morning you can’t do anything about the weather.”

“The forecast is one thing, and the actual weather her is another, so I was just trying to get as many birdies in as possible.”

Estrup said knowing the tournament was only 36 holes meant a change in approach was necessary.

“Obviously you’ve got to be more aggresive, but form my point it is try and play mroe smart golf,. I think i did that last wek as well, especially on the sunday and I finished well.”

Estrup said her path to smart golf especially around the Bonville layout was by playing a point game her husband, Kasper (who caddies on the DP World tour for fellow Dane Niklas Norgarrd) had invented to keep her from becoming to score-obsessed.

“My husband came with it at Q Series in December; greens in regulation, is insidesix meters then birdies. The focus is on getting points instead of the score, which I can sometimes be too focussed about.”

Joining Broch Estrup on top of the leaderboard was last week’s fourth place-getter Peiying Tsai, who carded a bogey-free 66.

The Chinese Taipei professional was delighted with her round, especially after the long wait everyone endured yesterday.

“I was going back and forward ot the hotel, I returned three times.

“Not much water on the greens it was good, I tried to go bogey-free in these difficult conditions, make pars coming home.

“I only missed maybe three greens.”

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Maria Jose Uribe Duran held an early lead at Bonville

10..00 AM: Five way Tie at the Top

It’s a five-way tie at the top here at Bonville with last week’s Women’s NSW Open Golf Champion, Maria Jose Uribe Duran looking in ominous form.

West Australian Kirsten Rudgeley, playing in the same group as the Colombian, also shares top spot along with with Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup, England’s Cara Gainer, WOmen’s NSW Open RQ winner at Duntryleague Joengmin Cho, and another Aussie, Jess Whitting.

After play on Friday was abandoned at 2.00pm, competitors got underway this morning at 7.30 am in conditions somewhat better than they were for most of the opening day.

Although the Bureau of Meteorology is still warnign of possible showers, play has continued unimpeded this morning.

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