Philippines’ Pauline Del Rosario took the second round lead in the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open at Templer Park, carding a two-under 70 for a total of 143.
“It wasn’t any easier today as they were a couple of tough pin positions but I kept it going by consistently hitting greens in regulation and giving myself more birdie chances than my opponents,” said the Manila-based Pauline, who is aiming to become the first Filipina to win the championship since Dottie Ardina in 2007.
Starting on the 10th, Pauline was level-par at the turn before back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th saw her overtake Durriyah for the outright lead.
“I could have managed a couple more birdies but just misread the breaks, especially on short putts. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the two-shot advantage because I felt I played much better today and the goal will be to keep improving,” noted Pauline.
Durriyah lamented silly mistakes as she conceded four bogeys against a single birdie to face an uphill task in tomorrow’s third and final round.
“I hit one too many wayward iron shots and was just punished for that. I struggled with my putting all round and only have myself to blame for it. I didn’t give myself enough chances to make birdies and felt a little rusty towards the end,” said Durriyah, who is returning to tournament play after a month out with a skin condition.
New Zealand’s Julianne Del Puerto Alvarez (73) was a further three strokes adrift in third while Singaporean youngster Amanda Tan returned with a 73 of her own to sit in sole fourth on 149.
Meanwhile, in an admirable show of sportsmanship, South East Asia (SEA) Games-bound Loy Hee Ying disqualified herself early this morning after owning up to a mistake when she failed to report a second ball procedure during the opening round.
“I’m pretty disappointed to be disqualified but that’s golf. I owned up to a genuine mistake on my part and paid the price,” said the 17-year-old reigning Malaysian Games (SUKMA) champion.
Leading second round scores (Malaysian unless stated)
143 – Pauline Del Rosario (PHI) 73-70
145 – Nur Durriyah Damian 70-75
148 – Julianne Del Puerto Alzarez (NZL) 75-73
149 – Amanda Tan (SIN) 76-73
151 – Mun Chin Keh (NZL) 75-76, Wen Yung Keh (NZL) 74-77, Genevieve Ling I-Rynn 74-77, May Oo Khine (MYA) 74-77, Michelle Cheung (HKG) 74-77
152 – Ashley Lau Jen Wen 76-76
153 – Yuri Okada (JPN) 77-76, Inez Beatice Wanamarta (INA) 76-77, Ida Ayu Melati Putri (INA) 73-80
154 – Vanessa Bouvet (FRA) 77-77