Bonville Golf Resort, 5 - 7 April, 2024

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

CUT DAY: Three tied at the top, cut falls at even par

It’s a three-way tie for the lead at the Australian Women’s Classic – Bonville, Presented by Pacific Harbour Resort Studios.

Peiying Tsai, of Chinese Taipei, went bogey-free, Nicole Broch Estrup birdied her last three holes and West Australian Jess Whitting, refreshed after a semi-extended break, carded matching six-under-par 66s.

Twenty players are within three shots of the lead after an opening round that stretched to epic proportions. The first groups began at 7.15am yesterday and, because of the intense weather pattern that battered the NSW coast and forced players off the course for the rest of the day, finally finished just after 6.30pm today. 

Despite the weather, the Bonville layout was in magnificent condition, and credit must go to the incredible work the green staff undertook overnight and early this morning to ensure the tournament could resume on time. 

The leaders, all in the original morning half of the draw, were delighted to be so well placed, especially with the tournament shortened to 36 holes.

“You can’t do anything about the weather, and we were going out there not knowing how many holes we were going to play because of the forecast,” Broch Estrup said.

“You had to go get as many birdies as you can because we are only going to get to play 36 holes, so you have to get as many as you can as fast as you can.” 

Tsai, who finished four groups behind Estrup and had only completed one hole before play stopped on day one, was delighted with her performance on the resumption. She had spent much of yesterday’s delay travelling back and forth to her accommodation to hear the updates from tour officials.

“It was very good weather this morning,” Tsai smiled. “There was not much water on the greens and the ground was good.”

“I tried to stay bogey-free and play tee-to-green. I hit fairways and my driver was good.”

Jess Whitting was also delighted with her round, putting it down to a mental and physical reset back at home in Perth.

“I chose not to go to the (Women’s NSW Open) regional qualifiers.

“I was relaxing, enjoying my time and having some practice that wasn’t disturbed, pressured, or all that stuff.”

“Hunter Valley did set me up well, and I’ve found some things in my swing that I go back to when things go wayward.”

As would be expected, the top half of the leaderboard is a multi-national affair, and several big names are still in with a shot at the trophy tomorrow.

England’s Cara Gainer and Klara Davidson Spilkova, of the Czech Republic, are one off the leading trio at minus five, while Korean Joengmin Cho, winner of the recent Women’s NSW Open Qualifier at Duntryleague, leads a group of players at minus four. 

NSW State Team Captain Annika Rathbone is still very much in the mix. She is just three shots from the lead and heading towards her best-ever finish in a professional event. The Australian Golf Club champion sits at three under par alongside Colombian Maria Jose Uribe Duran, last week’s Women’s NSW Open winner.

Kirsten Rudgeley, of Western Australia, is also minus three, while Breanna Gill, Kelsey Bennett, Justice Bosio, Kono Matsumoto and Danni Vasquez round out the rest of the local contingent in red figures at one under par.

Sixty-seven players made the cut, which fell at even par.

With the likelihood of more disruption tomorrow, officials explored options to ensure the tournament’s successful completion. More rain is expected, and storms mid-afternoon are possible. 

As a result, an earlier-than-usual start time of 6.45am, with the final group teeing off around 8.46 am, will hopefully ensure a disruption-free final round.
Final round coverage on Seven Plus will begin at 8.30 am.

 For further updates, please visit the tournament website,

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