CHRISTCHURCH, NZ (March 26, 2016)--New Zealander Chantelle Cassidy (-11) fired a 4-under par 70 and leads by two heading into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Stroke Play. Cassidy will be looking to hold off Kirsty Hodgkins (-9) who is just two behind. Alanna Campbell (-6) is the next closest in third.
Playing at Christchurch Golf Club, Cassidy began her day with a birdie on No. 1. It was the first five birdies in her third round to go along with one bogey. The bogey came on the seventh and it was her first since carding one on No. 14 in the opening round, a stretch of 28 holes.
Despite another fine round and the lead, Cassidy as she told Golf New Zealand was still very much keeping things in perspective, “I’m not worried about the lead at this stage, there is still one more big day tomorrow.”
Kirsty Hodgkins, of Australia, carded the low round of the day with a 6-under par 68 and moved into second place. Hodgkins quickly made her presence felt on the opening nine with a 4-under par 32 that included five birdies and a single bogey. No. 10 proved to be the highlight of the day as Hodgkins recorded an eagle of the par-five.
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ROUND TWO RECAP
Chantelle Cassidy (-7) holds a one-stroke advantage heading into the third round at the New Zealand Women's Stoke Play. Cassidy took the lead thanks to a 5-under par 69 at windy Christchurch Golf Club.
Cassidy roared out of the gates with back-to-back birdies on two and three. After a par on four she birdied the fifth, it was all part of an opening nine 3-under par 33.
On the back nine, playing as a par 38, Cassidy continued her fine play with two more birdies. Maybe the most impressive part of her round was the fact that she played bogey free golf on a day where only four players broke par.
Cassidy holds a one-stoke advantage over Alanna Campbell (-6). Kirsty Hodgkins (-3) is in third place four behind.