September 25, 2021
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Guan Sizzles as Grace stays in the mix

Guan Sizzles as Grace stays in the mix

Teen sensation Jeffrey Guan has carded the equal-low round of the tournament, a sizzling seven-under-par 65 while Grace Kim carded a flat 75 to fall two shots behind after the second round of the Australian Amateur at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

Overnight leader Grace Kim carded a flat 75 to fall two shots behind Tasmanian Hallie Maeburn who shot the round of the day, a sensational five under par 67.

After turning even par through nine holes, a frustrated Kim pushed the go button at the wrong time, and the resulting double-bogey on the 2nd ( her 11th) was the start of a mini rollercoaster for the Avondale tyro.

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Grace Kim in action – image | David Brand

Another dropped shot on the 5th was erased with a birdie on the 7th, but the back-to-back NSW Amateur Champion gave it back immediately though, dropping another shot on the challenging par four 8th. Kim eventually salvaged a bit of pride with a gallant birdie on her final hole of the day.

“I had a lot of opportunities out there, but couldn’t get it in the hole, and that was basically all throughout my whole round today.

“I put my self in bad positions, got a bit greedy with birdies. I didn’t have a birdie until the 16th hole.

“It was really testing my patience, and it really got to me.

“Not too great today, but its OK,” A philosophical Kim said post-round.

Concord’s Doey Choi is the next best of the blues women, in outright 5th at three-over, while June Song and Belinda Ji are in a tie for 8th at seven over.

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In the men, teen sensation Jeffrey Guan has carded the equal-low round of the tournament, a seven-under-par 65 to vault 32 places and into a tie for fourth place, five shots behind the leader, South Australian Jack Thompson.

Guan, 16, the recently crowned NSW stroke play champion, recorded just one bogey but found eight birdies in an almost flawless 65 that took him from one over to six under in total.

“On the first day … I wasn’t getting that rhythm … everything was just two-putt golf.

“But I got out here today and hit some quality shots, and things started feeling much better,” Guan said post-round.

Castle Hill’s Jackson Bugdalski is the next best, sitting in outright 6th at five-under, while Newcastle big gun Jye Pickin is just in the top 10 at three under.

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