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Australian Women's Am: Lydia Ko moves on
SOUTH OAKLEY, VICTORIA, Australia (Jan. 17, 2013) -- World Number 1 New Zealander Lydia Ko continued her march towards defending her title with a comfortable 6&5 win over Jessica Dengate (NSW) in the first round of Match Play at the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship.

It was commanding performance from Ko with birdies on her opening five holes for the day.

Joint top qualifier Grace Lennon (VIC) lost 2&1 to fellow Victorian Lauren Hibbert.

Four-time US Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi also progressed with a 1up victory over Ellen Davies-Graham (QLD).

Minjee Lee (WA) came back from 5 down to defeat Ebony Heard (SA) 2up.

Japan’s Asuka Kashiwabara defeated Lauren Sinclair (VIC) 6&4 while Hayley Bettencourt (WA) defeated Su Hyun-Oh (VIC) 1up.

Kiwi Julianne Alvarez beat Carly Beck (NSW) 3&2.

The second and third round Match Play will be played on Friday.

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ABOUT THE Australian Women's Amateur

The Australian Women's Amateur Championship is contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 32 players progressing to elimination match play. It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 72 players.

It was first played in 1894 and past winners include touring professionals Nikki Campbell, Sarah Oh and Kristie Smith.

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