Thomsen Takes the Lead at NSW Amateur

Kassidy Rogan
January 30, 2024

Despite having what she describes as a slow start to the opening round of the NSW Amateur Championship, Illawarra local Lara Thomsen didn’t let that break her spirit.

After three bogeys in the first six holes, the resilient 15-year-old swiftly turned the tide, stringing together an impressive sequence of four consecutive birdies to finish the day three under par.

“I’m feeling really good, I hit the ball really well out there and I had a good comeback so I’m feeling good,” she laughed recalling the day.

“I had a bit of a slow start, I missed a few of the greens on the first five holes but I just said to myself to try and get it back to even by the turn and just try to go low and I did. I had four birdies in a row and then I started to light it up on the back nine and I’m happy with how I finished.”

Thomsen’s stellar performance was bolstered by favourable weather conditions and feeling right at home.

“It was really good this morning, no wind,” she noted.

“Started to pick up a bit in the afternoon but it sort of reminded me a bit of my home course Wollongong, so I really loved this course and am loving being here.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow round at Pacific Dunes, Thomsen is hoping to continue her lead.

“This is my fourth time playing. It’s a really prestigious event and I’m really happy to be at the top for the first round.”

“I’m going to play my own game and just try to keep pushing for birdies and hopefully I can finish on top again tomorrow.”  

Chasing closely behind on two under par is Western Australian Erina Tan, who was happy to have made the journey for the tournament.

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“It’s nice to be here, it’s my first time playing this tournament and the courses here a lot different to Perth. But it’s nice to play different kinds of courses.”

Tan’s round was highlighted by an unexpected eagle on the 9th, a feat that pleasantly surprised her.

“I played some good golf for the first time in a while so I’m pretty happy with today,” she said.

“I placed my balls well today, so I was able to play safe and smart, but there were some missed opportunities. I’m pretty happy with the result anyway.”

Coming in tied for third is Camilla Kim of The Australian, and Reicherin Hanslkie from Indonesia on one under par.

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Round two of the women’s Strokeplay is set to commence around midday at Pacific Dunes tomorrow. The top 16 players will advance to the NSW Amateur Matchplay, scheduled to kick off on Thursday.

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