Mehaffey stuck in neutral Down Under as Stark opens up four shot lead

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Olivia Mehaffey (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Olivia Mehaffey was unable to make a move on moving day at the Women’s NSW Open as she remained on level-par thanks to a 72 on Saturday in Australia.

Mehaffey is in 21st place on even-par for the week, a whopping thirteen shots behind runaway leader Maja Stark.

The Tandragee native traded three birdies with a bogey and a double-bogey but she can still come away with a good finish on Sunday and follow up her top-11 finish last weekend.

The Co. Down golfer opened with five successive pars before moving into red figures with a birdie on the sixth. However, a double-bogey six on the next hole put paid to any early momentum although she did pick up a shot with a birdie on the ninth to turn in 36.

The back nine proved quiet and uneventful for Mehaffey who birdied eleven but gave it straight back on the 12th before she closed out her round with six straight pars.

Sweden’s Stark will take a four-shot lead into the final round ahead of compatriot Johanna Gustavsson and home favourite Cassie Porter.

Stark carded seven birdies and just the one bogey in her third round including a storming finish with three birdies in her last five holes to put clear daylight between herself and the chasing pack.

Scotland’s Michele Thomson, Argentine Magdalena Simmermacher and Wales’ Lydia Hall are in a share of 4th place on eight-under.


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