Stephanie Kyriacou in action this week – photo Ladies European Tour

Sydney’s Stephanie Kyriacou, now a fully-fledged member of the LPGA Tour, is back in the happy hunting ground for her of the Ladies European Tour this week and she is again performing well.

The 21-year-old from the St Michael’s Golf Club in Sydney, finds herself in fourth position and just three shots from the 36-hole leaders, England’s Georgia Hall and Czechoslovakia’s Kristyna Napoleaova in the US$1 million Saudi Ladies International at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Saudi Arabia.

Kyriacou, already a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, played her way onto the LPGA Tour late in 2021 but has yet to play an event there as a cardholder although she is entered for an event in California next week.

Kyriacou recovered from a slow start to the event and added a second round of 66 to her opening 75 to close on the leaders. She took advantage of the relatively good conditions early but gusty winds soon kicked in and her equal best round of the day (66) was very impressive.

“At the start of the round, it actually wasn’t that windy, but as we got onto our 8th hole, it started picking up,” said Kyriacou after her round.

“Because of the direction of the wind, we caught back all the sand, and it was just not fun at all. It was really hard. It was about 40 Ks. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s pretty windy when you’re trying to play golf.”

Played adjacent to the desert she not only had to contend with the wind but the sandstorms also.

“It was just annoying really. Every time I’d look up, if I didn’t have sunnies — so every time I’d look up, something is going in my eye. I went home, there’s dust in my ears, my nose. It’s disgusting.”

Whitney Hillier is the only other Australian in the field and she is currently tie for 16th.