New Zealand Women's Am field decided
BY NZ Golf | New Zealand Mens Amateur Tour | 2012 New Zealand Amateur Championship | Round Two | 20 Apr 2012
The field for the New Zealand Women’s Amateur Championship has been finalised with 32 qualifiers to begin their chase for the title at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club in the Bay of Plenty today.
Wellington’s Julianne Alvarez won the women’s qualifying after carding an even par 72 in round two to win by two shots from fellow New Zealand rep Sarah Bradley. I felt really confident that I was backing myself and that made me feel good,” said the 15-year-old from Manor Park.
“The putts were dropping a lot more today which was nice and Sarah played really well so it was nice to have that added pressure. It heightens the focus.
“I feel good about being the No.1 seed but you know Match Play is anyone’s game. It is there for anyone now and it’s unpredictable. I am not taking anything for granted.”
Alvarez knows that three top players in Lydia Ko, Emily Perry and Chantelle Cassidy are not here this week but she still holds hopes of being selected for the Espirito Santo in September.
“My aim for the tournament was to play good so I would still be looked at for the Espirito Santo team – a good solid performance will get me looked at for that team.”
Meantime Bradley was happy with her finish on the sixth hole that saw her come up with an eagle.
“Today was a grinding day,” said the Waikato rep Bradley
“I made a soft bogey on my 17th hole and I stood on the sixth tee and put a good one down there and made eagle to finish well at even par. I have a lot more momentum now.
“It is good to have an opportunity to win this title. Julianne is a great golfer and she showed that today. I am taking the mindset that I am going to go for it and try and win this title.
“I am really looking forward to playing Match Play on this course because it is the perfect Match Play course – there is a lot of risk and reward out there. Hopefully I’ll make it through to the final on Sunday and would love to meet Julianne there.”
With the two rounds of Stroke Play in qualifying complete the top 32 women players have been found to contest the NZ Amateur.
The Amateur is a knock-out Match Play contest beginning tomorrow morning with the 36-hole final to be contested on Sunday.
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