Stephanie Kyriacou during her second round today. – photo LET
While Lucas Herbert and Blake Kindred are this week making headlines in their respective European men’s events, yet another Australian is achieving similar results on the Ladies European Tour.
New South Welshwoman, Stephanie Kyriacou, a member of the St Michael’s Golf Club on Sydney’s Eastern beaches, shares the lead through 36 holes of the interestingly named Big Green Egg Open in the Netherlands.
A second round of 72 lost Kyriacou the outright lead she held by two after an opening round of 66 but she is now tied in the lead with Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen.
The leading pair are two shots clear of the brilliant Thai youngster Atthaya Thitikul, a winner last week in the Czech Republic.
“I feel okay, I feel like I could have played a lot better but I’m sure everyone can say that,” said Kyriacou at the completion of her round. “I did miss a couple of small putts, but then I holed a couple of long ones to make up for it. It was really steady golf.
“It was raining a little bit more this morning than it was last night. The greens were a little bit slow, and I think I struggled there. If it is going to be good weather, then I should be okay. There are still two more rounds and especially on this course, with it being so tight anything can happen in 36 holes of golf.”
Kyriacou, is in her fifth event of the 2021 season in Europe after playing there for the first time in 2020 and in her four starts to date she has finished no worse than 15th and recorded two top tens.
The 20-year-old has already won a Ladies European Tour event, that coming when successful at the Ladies Classic in Bonville in Coffs Harbour in early 2000 before joining the LET.
Today Kyriacou birdied her opening hole and appeared to be in full control of proceedings when reaching the turn in 35 but a homeward nine of 37 has her sharing honours with Nuutinen who is in stunning form herself in 2021, recording five consecutive top tens in her last five appearances.
Whitney Hillier was the only other Australian to make the cut although she is back in 35th place as the event enters its final 36 holes.