Guioguio drops to joint 5th with 76

Filipina Lovelynn Guioguo slowed down with a three-over 76 and slid
to joint fifth with Cecilia Cho of New Zealand, four shots behind new leader Joma
Eri of Japan halfway through the NZ Women’s Stroke Play Championship at the
Napier Golf Club in New Zealand Thursday.
Guioguio, who started the round in joint second with Caroline
Bon three strokes off Caryn Khoo, also of NZ, had a one-over card after 12
holes but faltered with two more bogeys in the last six holes under windy conditions
at the par-71 layout.
With a 149 aggregate, the ICTSI-backed Guioguio stood four
shots off Eri, who recovered from a woeful opening of 77 with the day’s lone
under par round – a five-under 68 – for a 36-hole haul of 145.
That was one-stroke ahead of Bon, who matched par 73 for the
second straight day while Zoe Brake, also of New Zealand, also carded a 73 for
a 147, the same output put in by Khoo, who sputtered with a 77 after a solid 70
in the first round.
Cho also had a 73 for a share of fifth with Guioguio.
Dabawenya Chihiro Ikeda also rebounded from a woeful 83 with a 73,
jumping from out of nowhere to joint 19th to make the cut although
she remained too far behind Eri at 156, 11 shots off.
The reigning SEA Games individual gold medalist, however,
hopes to sustain her charge in the final two rounds, a 36-hole affair set Friday, in the company of Liv Cheng and Charlotte
Brooks while Guioguio is paired with Cho and Khoo in the second-to-last
threesome.

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