Round three of the Bowra and O’Dea Classic is in the books at Royal Fremantle Golf Club. After a picturesque day one the field was greeted by another brisk morning.
The greens were slick after a morning cut and roll and proved a challenge with some tough pin positions. Hitting the right parts of the green was at a real premium.
Royal Adelaide’s Caitlin Pierce came out firing in round three as she made a charge on her back nine, going three under in her last six holes to post a one under 72.
Peirce shuffled her way up the leaderboard and has given herself a fighting chance going into the final round tomorrow.
Godiva Kim had a point to prove after losing her first-round lead yesterday afternoon. Starting with a double bogey she recovered well with three birdies on her front nine.
Two bogeys and three birdies made up her back nine including a birdie on 18 to get her to two under for the day.
Abbie Teasdale again showed her experience around her home course to post another even par 73. Teasdale was in trouble early with two double bogeys early in her round and scrambling at four over.
“I had a couple of unfortunate double bogeys early on and just had to scramble. I’m really happy with how I finished though.”
Teasdale took the honours for shot of the day. She was short of the 15th green and faced a treacherous up and down to a back pin. Downhill all the way the putt never looked like missing, it struck the middle of the flagstick and dropped.
Teasdale will again hold a two-shot lead going into the final round.
Queensland’s Rhianna Lewis went blow for blow with Teasdale in today’s third round. Lewis had a strong front nine with eight pars and an eagle. She birdied 18 to sign for an even par 73.
She will start two shots back of Teasdale but wasn’t fazed. “I feel like I’ve got a good round in me tomorrow, I’ve hit it well but just haven’t scored as well as I should’ve so far”.
Lewis will be chasing but won’t be going in with the same mindset. “I don’t think that I need to chase Abbie tomorrow, I think if I play my game, I will apply enough pressure and hopefully force an error”.
“I just need to stay patient and, in the moment that way I’ll give myself enough opportunity to apply pressure”
Lewis will again be partnered with Teasdale for the final round in what should be a cracking battle for the 2022 Bowra and O’Dea Classic title.