In the best score that she has ever shot, Australia’s Stefanie Michl fired a 7 under 65 to take the lead in the inaugural Sanya Ladies Open on Friday. This round found her three shots ahead of England’s Florentyna Parker, South African Lee-Ann Pace and Cecile Lundgreen from Norway, who all are tied for second at 68. The 24 year-old Michl was in incredible form on an incredibly hot day on the Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya, located on Hainan Island, in southern China.
Stating the she will be staying in Orlando, Florida for the winter, which has similar type temperatures, Stefanie took advantage of the mornings hot and benign conditions. With the temperature topping 31 degrees Celsius, Michl said “It was a calm day, really nice. Luckily I am staying in Orlando, Florida, which is similar weather to here, so I like it.”
“I stayed out of trouble pretty well. I’ve been hitting my driver alright. My irons have been okay too but the best part of my game today was definitely my putting. I’ve been sinking a lot of short putts and medium-long putts and two ro three longer putts I holed out. That helped to get my score low.”
This is the fourth season for this Ladies European Tour player but she has not yet won any tournaments. She had a terrific back nine when she attacked with birdies on the 12th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes. She was able to pick up three shots and ended coming in with seven birdies in all.
“I was actually surprised that I was playing that well today, because I didn’t expect anything. I was just working on my swing the last few weeks.” she said.
“The pro-am was my first 18-hole round in four weeks, so it took a while to get into my game and get into the rythm and then I saw it was going quite well and I started to really go for the flags.”
Although her competition were faced with a much breezier afternoon, Parker, Pace and Lundgreen were very happy to be in contention at all.