26 May 2022 | Amateur golf |

Aussies slip further back at Queen Sirikit Cup

by Dane Heverin

Caitlin Peirce.

Australia have slid down one place to eighth at seven-over after Kirsten Rudgeley, Kelsey Bennett and Caitlin Peirce all shot two-over rounds of 74 on yet another hot and humid Singapore day at the Queen Sirikit Cup.

The Australians would need a miracle to catch leaders Japan (-15) and neighbours New Zealand (-14) in Friday's final round, but all is not lost as the Laguna National's Masters Course has delivered a valuable fact finding mission for Rudgeley (+3, 11th), Bennett (+8, T22) and Peirce (+8, T22).

"It's a little different to Adelaide at the moment," Peirce said with a laugh after her third round. "It's the same temperature from 6:30 in the morning throughout the day here and you can stand in the shade but it's still hot.

"I've never really experience anything like it. Coming out of colder weather it probably feels hotter than what it is."

The South Australian reiterated Rudgeley's words from earlier in the week that the change of climate has taken some significant adjusting, but she expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to travel overseas again and learn from such opportunities.

"The weather probably has played a part in our results and the greens are very different to what I'm used to," she said. "They're very grainy like what you'd find in Queensland so the grass is a bit different to pretty much all the courses in Adelaide and it's hard when you're not making putts.

"It's a great experience being here though and hopefully we can play well tomorrow to see if we can move up a few spots and finish strong."

In the individual standings, Japan's Hashimoto Mizuki remains on top at ten-under par for the tournament.

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