BARWON HEADS, Australia (Swing Update) – Second-round leader Kim Kaufman jumped out of the birdie bunker on the seventh hole of normal-3, allowing him to take a two-shot lead in the second lap. last round of the LPGA Vic Open.
The American had an unforgettable third lap with four bogeys and a double bogey in difficult conditions late Saturday for a 75/3. The French Celine Boutier (69) and Su Oh of Australia (74) were tied for second place.
Kaufman's shot from the bunker went straight down the flag and into the hole. She raised her arms in triumph, then pretended to be her caddy.
In the last round of Sunday at the 13th Beach Golf Links, Kaufman had 54 holes out of a total of 54 out of 207.
Australia's Wade Ormsby, who has shot 70 goals, will play in the men's round of the women's circuit alongside the women's tournament. Callum Shinkwin of England (66) and Australian Matthew Stieger (65) tied for second place.
Violent winds hit the course early in the afternoon, making it difficult for late starters to score.
That did not bother Stieger, who won the Australian amateur title in 2011 and played his junior golf at St. Michael's, an ocean-side course in Sydney.
"I've played a lot of golf in the wind, so I like that kind of conditions," Stieger said. "The first day, he did not blow at all and I fired a shot. Then yesterday, he blew in the afternoon, I pulled five cents, then this morning and seven others. So it's getting better and better, which is good. I'm just hoping for another day like this tomorrow.
As part of the tournament, 144 men and women started playing on two courses in alternative groups on Thursday. Friday's Cup saw 65 players tied for the first time on Saturday, then the top 35 and ties of each tournament went to Sunday's finals, using only the Beach course on weekends and again in alternative groups.
Defending women's champion Minjee Lee missed the third round cup after a game on Saturday at 74.
The LPGA-sanctioned Australian Women's Open will be played next week at The Grange in Adelaide. The European Men's Tour will co-sanction the Perth World Super 6 in Western Australia.