Lake Karrinyup Country Club delivered another spectacular round of premier women’s golf in the second day of the 2021 Bowra & O’Dea Classic.
Today presented some changes to the top end of the 72 hole competition leaderboard, with NSW’s June Song finishing a tidy 3- under , putting her in the lead position going into tomorrow’s final round. At a total of 5-under for the three rounds, June sits narrowly ahead of state team-mate Belinda Ji by two strokes, and Queensland’s Caitlin Peirce by three..
Royal Fremantle’s Abbie Teasdale is flying the flag for WA in fourth position, with a challenge on her hands tomorrow to chase down Song’s strong lead. Local favourite Kirsten Rudgeley struggled with her form today after her strong start, sitting in fifth position nine strokes behind the current leader Song.
Eighteen year old Song from Avondale Golf Club was, “very happy with my round today. It is improving on my first two rounds and that is all I aimed to do.”
Song shared, “ I love everything about this course, it is in amazing condition. I took some advice from one of the Lake Karrinyup long standing members at the Pro-Am lunch on Sunday. He said if the putt looks like it is straight don’t be afraid to aim it directly at the hole as they run true. I really took this on board and it has worked. Tomorrow I will stick to my game plan, relax and enjoy the course. I’m pretty sad that this is going to be my last Australian competition. I am heading to Iowa State university soon to study journalism and work on my golfing career. My goal is always to play my best and reach the target I have set for each nine. I hope all the lovely girls here have a great round tomorrow. Thank you to Joe O’Dea and all the sponsors for supporting this event.”
Lake Karrinyup local Sheridan Clancy had a strong round today at 1 – under par. “ I didn’t think too much about the last shot I had and kept telling myself that I needed to focus on the next and move forward. Definitely had some hiccups today with some three putts but I need to put that behind me and go for it tomorrow. I am so proud to be playing in this tournament on my home course. Lake Karrinyup is an amazing club and I am really enjoying sharing it with all the lovely interstate girls.”
Carmen Palframan, a longstanding Lake Karrinyup member leads by six strokes in the highly sought after Bowra and O’Dea Classic Senior Champion title. With solid rounds of 77 and 80, Palframan shared, “the greens seemed quicker today, and I just didn’t hit as many greens in regulation. It is certainly handy having the local knowledge of where not to hit and being able to read those tough greens is a real bonus. Tomorrow I will to stick to my game plan – in fact it is the same one I’ve being using for the last 20 years!! My trick is to just make par, as birdies were far and few between for all our group today.”
Following the Bowra & O’Dea Classic, Carmen will head to Gosnells Golf Club for the 2021 WA Senior Amateur. She shared, “ it really will be survival of the fittest doing 8 stroke rounds in ten days. Certainly, it will be mentally and physically challenging! Sharron (Dawson) and Robyn (Lamb) will be my tough competition. They are strong and experienced players and I am not that familiar with the Senior Amateur host course. A new challenge ahead!”
Sun City’s Nim Ford sits top of the leaderboard in the Mid Amateur section, after a solid round of 87 today. Royal Perth’s Jane Kim, and yesterday’s leader Melissa Luk sit three strokes behind Nim going into tomorrow’s final round. With another eighteen holes of stroke play for all competitors tomorrow, and some strong winds forecast, anything could happen!
Spectators are welcome to enjoy the tournament and hospitality at Lake Karrinyup Country Club tomorrow with tee times from 7.00am. A gentle reminder that club dress standards apply to the course and the event is non-smoking throughout.
The draw for tomorrow can be viewed here