Two amateurs qualify for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch - Monday, 13 February 2012

Two local amateurs are among the four women to secure final qualifying places for the ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open hosted by Christchurch today at the Russley Golf Club.

Canterbury amateur reps Sylvie Williams and Georgia Wayman (both from Waimari Beach) made the most of the opportunity to join the professional field contesting the national championship this week from Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February.

They will be joined by two Korean professionals Minsun Kim (71) and Jiyoon Jung (73) in the final four players to confirm their place at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club north of Christchurch.

Wayman was in danger of missing the top four places when she made a double bogey at the 16th but she responded with birdies on the 17th and 18th to secure her place by one shot from Jess Guenzerodt and Robyn Cruse.

“I had no idea what the qualifying mark was but I had a feeling it would be around three or four over,” said the 19-year-old who carded a three over par 77.

“When I made that double I just looked down the fairway on the 17th and was determined to make up for it. I cleaned the slate and played well coming home.

“It has always been a dream to play in the New Zealand Open so to achieve it is really special.”

Meanwhile her Canterbury team-mate was similarly pleased with her effort to join the other 10 amateurs at the event.

“I knew that there were four spots available for four players so there was a good chance,” said the 19-year-old Williams who carded a two over par 76.

“I just needed to play my own game. I was nervous but I was really happy with how I played. I can’t wait to play with some of the big name pros. It is going to be a good challenge.”

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