Webb two back at Women’s Aussie Open

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia – Two-time defending champion Karrie Webb struggled in tough afternoon conditions and shot a 2-over 75 on Friday to fall two shots off the lead after the second round of the Women’s Australian Open.

Webb, who had a 66 in the first round, trails Lee Chang-hee after the South Korean shot 70 for a two-round total of 7-under 139. Webb is tied for second with England’s Georgina Simpson, who shot a 68 for the best round of the day, and Tania Elosegui of Spain (72).

Webb said she was “still very much in the tournament.”

“I really did not think there would be low scores this afternoon and 7 under was in before I teed off,” Webb said. “I’m glad that I hung in there and am only two shots behind.”

Lee had five birdies – three on the par 5s – and two bogeys, including on the par-3 13th at Metropolitan Golf Club that hosted the 2001 men’s World Match Play Championship.

Lee, who celebrated her 20th birthday two weeks ago, has one win on the South Korean secondary tour and was surprised at her strong start.

“I played well but I did not think I would be leading,” Lee said. “It’s too early to say about the weekend – I don’t want to jump ahead of myself.”

Beth Allen of the United States had a 69 and was three strokes back, tied for fifth with Marianne Skarpnord of Norway (71).

Katherine Hull of Australia, who won last week’s ANZ Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines, shot 74 Friday and is 11 strokes off the pace.

Oh Su-hyun, a 12-year-old schoolgirl originally from Busan, South Korea who moved to Australia in 2004, missed the cut after shooting an 81 Friday. She became the youngest ever to play in the tournament when she led qualifying Monday at nearby Kingswood Golf Club.

Oh’s two-round total was 14-over 160.

“I was really nervous yesterday, my hands were shaking when I was trying to putt,” Oh said Friday. “Today, it wasn’t so bad, but I was still nervous.”

Simpson, a top-20 player for the past two years on the Ladies European Tour, said strengthening sessions in the gym added length to her game and given her more confidence.

“It’s huge,” Simpson said of her gym workouts. “I’m late in starting it ... probably a year and a half, but the main thing is that I’ve started it.

“Women are not built to be powerful. If you want to take your game to another level definitely you’ve got to look at every option.”

Simpson missed the cut in last year’s Australian Open at nearby Kingston Heath but said her experience at the sandbelt layout and her workout program has helped this year.

“I just played really solid, thought my way around the course and I’m putting really well,” she said.

Ursula Wikstrom of Finland was disqualified after she bent her putter in frustration on the 16th green and then continued to play with the club, which was a rule breach. England’s Felicity Johnson was also disqualified after she signed for the wrong score.

A European Ladies Tour official said Wikstrom was 8 over after nine holes Friday when she was disqualified. Johnson had signed for a 69 Friday after an opening 79, the incorrect score leaving her six shots within the cut line of 154.

Scores with relation to par from the second round at the Ladies Australian Open, played Feb. 13at the par-71, 6557-yard Metropolitan Golf Club in MelbourneAustralia: (Note: a-amateur)

  1. Chang-Hee Lee 69-70--139

    -7 2. Georgina Simpson 73-68--141

    -5 2. Karrie Webb 66-75--141

    -5 2. Tania Elosegui 69-72--141

    -5 5. Beth Allen 73-69--142

    -4 5. Marianne Skarpnord 71-71--142

    -4 7. Emma Bennett 72-71--143

    -3 7. Hye Youn Kim 70-73--143

    -3 7. a-Justine Lee 73-70--143

    -3 7. Joanne Mills 74-69--143

    -3 7. a-Rebecca Flood 71-72--143

    -3 12. Lynn Kenny 72-72--144

    -2 12. Johanna Westerberg 73-71--144

    -2 14. Susie Mathews 74-71--145

    -1 14. Martina Eberl 72-73--145

    -1 14. Christel Boeljon 74-71--145

    -1 14. He Yong Choi 72-73--145

    -1 14. Clare Queen 70-75--145

    -1 19. Alison Walshe 77-69--146

    E 19. Danielle Bowers 74-72--146

    E 19. Rebecca Hudson 72-74--146

    E 22. Beatriz Recari 70-77--147
    + 1 22. Katharina Schallenberg 74-73--147
    + 1 22. Lee Hee-II 76-71--147
    + 1 22. Lisa Hall 74-73--147
    + 1 26. Tamara Beckett 77-71--148
    + 2 26. Melissa Reid 76-72--148
    + 2 26. Vicky Thomas 76-72--148
    + 2 26. Nikki Garrett 73-75--148
    + 2 26. a-Julia Boland 77-71--148
    + 2 26. Diana D'Alessio 72-76--148
    + 2 26. Becky Brewerton 75-73--148
    + 2 26. Dana Lacey 74-74--148
    + 2 34. Nikki Campbell 79-70--149
    + 3 34. Sarah Oh 74-75--149
    + 3 34. Bing Lim 75-74--149
    + 3 34. Kate Combes 76-73--149
    + 3 34. Trish Johnson 75-74--149
    + 3 34. Anne-Lise Caudal 74-75--149
    + 3 34. Rebecca Coakley 77-72--149
    + 3 41. Anna Knutsson 74-76--150
    + 4 41. Laura Davies 74-76--150
    + 4 41. Katherine Hull 76-74--150
    + 4 41. Elisabeth Esterl 78-72--150
    + 4 41. Bo Mi Suh 74-76--150
    + 4 41. Samantha Head 75-75--150
    + 4 47. Diana Luna 73-78--151
    + 5 47. Emma Zackrisson 76-75--151
    + 5 47. Stacy Lee Bregman 74-77--151
    + 5 47. Florentyna Parker 74-77--151
    + 5 51. Tamie Durdin 78-74--152
    + 6 51. Nina Reis 76-76--152
    + 6 51. Melodie Bourdy 79-73--152
    + 6 51. a-Bree Arthur 74-78--152
    + 6 51. Gwladys Nocera 79-73--152
    + 6 51. Carmen Alonso 75-77--152
    + 6 51. Aram Cho 75-77--152
    + 6 58. Melanie Holmes-Smith 75-78--153
    + 7 58. Da Som Lee 78-75--153
    + 7 58. Karen Lunn 76-77--153
    + 7 58. Lydia Hall 73-80--153
    + 7 62. Lisa Jean 76-78--154
    + 8 62. Kristie Smith 80-74--154
    + 8 62. Titiya Plucksataporn 81-73--154
    + 8 62. Eleanor Pilgrim 77-77--154
    + 8 62. Rosemary MacDonald 80-74--154
    + 8 62. Verity Knight 77-77--154
    + 8 62. Lotta Wahlin 75-79--154
    + 8 62. Polly Travica 78-76--154
    + 8 62. Stephanie Na 80-74--154
    + 8 • • •



    Missed the cut



    71. Riko Higashio 80-75--155
    + 9 71. Corinne Furnell 81-74--155
    + 9 71. Jin Joo Kim 82-73--155
    + 9 71. Lee-Anne Pace 83-72--155
    + 9 71. Smriti Mehra 75-80--155
    + 9 71. Bree Turnbull 80-75--155
    + 9 71. Marjet van der Graaff 79-76--155
    + 9 71. a-Saki Suzuki 79-76--155
    + 9 71. Jessica Ji 80-75--155
    + 9 71. Laurette Maritz 82-73--155
    + 9 71. Mianne Bagger 77-78--155
    + 9 71. Cecilie Lundgreen 77-78--155
    + 9 83. Jenni Kuosa 79-77--156
    + 10 83. Ji-Na Lim 83-73--156
    + 10 83. Julie Tvede 78-78--156
    + 10 83. a-Ebony Heard 79-77--156
    + 10 83. a-Sarah King 81-75--156
    + 10 83. Jane Kim 81-75--156
    + 10 83. Da-Na Kang 83-73--156
    + 10 83. Honey Kamata 77-79--156
    + 10 83. Sarah Kemp 79-77--156
    + 10 83. Carlie Bridge 79-77--156
    + 10 83. Bronwyn Mullins-Lane 79-77--156
    + 10 83. a-Youngmin Chi 80-76--156
    + 10 83. Nancy Harvey 78-78--156
    + 10 96. Sunny Park 79-78--157
    + 11 96. Stefanie Michl 78-79--157
    + 11 96. Rachel Bailey 75-82--157
    + 11 96. Bettina Hauert 80-77--157
    + 11 96. Hiromi Kamata 79-78--157
    + 11 96. Brandie Burton 79-78--157
    + 11 96. Bobea Park 81-76--157
    + 11 103. Wendy Berger 80-78--158
    + 12 103. Kiran Matharu 79-79--158
    + 12 103. Frances Bondad 81-77--158
    + 12 103. Eva Steinberger 80-78--158
    + 12 103. Yuki Sakurai 82-76--158
    + 12 103. Jane Suckling 80-78--158
    + 12 103. Tamara Hyett 78-80--158
    + 12 103. Cherie Byrnes 80-78--158
    + 12 103. Kirsty S Taylor 84-74--158
    + 12 103. a-Ellie Na 81-77--158
    + 12 103. Clare Choi 81-77--158
    + 12 114. Maria Verchenova 77-82--159
    + 13 114. Elizabeth Bennett 76-83--159
    + 13 114. a-Whitney Hillier 77-82--159
    + 13 114. Sophie Walker 78-81--159
    + 13 114. Viva Schlasberg 77-82--159
    + 13 114. Christine Hallstrom 82-77--159
    + 13 120. Heidi McCulkin 80-80--160
    + 14 120. a-Su-Hyun Oh 79-81--160
    + 14 120. Nicole Montgomery 81-79--160
    + 14 123. Jade Schaeffer 80-81--161
    + 15 123. Christina Beltran 80-81--161
    + 15 123. Nhung Thi Tang 82-79--161
    + 15 123. a-Stacey Keating 82-79--161
    + 15 123. Karen Quinn 80-81--161
    + 15 128. Angela Tatt 83-79--162
    + 16 128. Samantha Whittle 84-78--162
    + 16 130. Torie O'Connor 85-78--163
    + 17 130. Stacey Tate 83-80--163
    + 17 130. Elizabeth McKinnon 86-77--163
    + 17 130. Matia Maffiuletti 82-81--163
    + 17 134. Emma Cabrera-Bello 83-81--164
    + 18 134. Angela Tunchon 83-81--164
    + 18 134. Ju Young Pak 79-85--164
    + 18 137. Henrietta Zuel 85-80--165
    + 19 137. Joanna Mantle 86-79--165
    + 19 137. Marousa Polias 82-83--165
    + 19 140. a-Jessica Noh 83-83--166
    + 20 141. Vikki Tutt 86-81--167
    + 21 141. Katy Jarochowicz 86-81--167
    + 21 141. a-Tilly Poulsen 90-77--167
    + 21 141. Carmen Hajjar 83-84--167
    + 21 145. Sarah Nicholson 90-82--172
    + 26 145. a-Hannah Kim 86-86--172
    + 26 147. a-Jo Charlton 81-94--175
    + 29 148. Kirsty J. Fisher 90-87--177
    + 31 DQ. Ursula Wikstrom 78-DQ


    DQ. Felicity Johnson 79-DQ
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