Kyriacou slays field at Australian Ladies Classic

Australian amateur Stephanie Kyriacou marked herself out as a rising star of women’s golf by storming to an emphatic eight-shot victory in the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic Bonville.

The 19-year-old from Sydney began the final round two shots clear of the chasing pack and quickly took control on the front nine at Bonville Golf Resort.

Steph Kyriacou Steph Kyriacou (Credit: LET/Tristan Jones)

She made a barrage of birdies through the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth holes to make the turn in six-under 29, with a lead of nine strokes.

Another birdie at the 10th took her to 22-under-par and she extended her lead to 11 with an eighth birdie on the 15th, after a heavy rain shower had passed through, followed by a lone bogey on the 16th.

Following on from rounds of 69, 63, 69 and a seven-under 65 in the final round for a total of 22-under-par, Kyriacou finished eight clear of world number 35 Ayean Cho at 14-under, who took home the first prize cheque of €36,000 due to Kyriacou’s amateur status.

“I’m lost for words and still on cloud nine. I think everything was going my way today. I was pretty confident going into the last round,” said Kyriacou.

“I did get off to a good start. The first hole wasn’t great again, but after that I bounced back and had five birdies in a row. After that, I played a bit more defensive, because I assumed I had a bit of a lead by then.”

“On the last hole, I was thinking about what would happen, but I told myself to get a par and then worry about it.”

Kyriacou will now have the opportunity to turn professional and take up a winner’s category of membership on the LET and ALPG Tours, but she said that she would discuss it with her father Nick, who was caddying for her, before making a decision.

Three-time ALPG winner Breanna Gill was the next best of the Australians at 6-under and in a six-way tie for 11th place while amateur Cassie Porter secured a respectable 27th place on 2-under with Whitney Hillier and amateur Doey Choi another shot back.

The Tour now moves to Dubbo Golf Club for the Women’s New South Wales Open starting February 27th.

Source – ALPG