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Atkin takes lead

BRISBANE'S Jo-Anne Atkin has taken a three-shot lead into the final day of the Bargara Ladies' Classic at the Bargara Golf Club.

In the face of another strong north-westerly breeze yesterday, the reigning champion shot an 83 to hold on to the lead in the 25th annual event.

“It was another windy day out there. A lot of the ladies came in saying they had a lot of trouble,” tournament director Val Bazley said.

A strong weather warning issued for the morning meant that the field of 144 players knew they would be facing a frustrating day at the coastal course.

With the wind catching hold of the ball and the greens dried and hard, glamorous golf was out of the equation.

It was a test of nerves.

Atkin shot a 79 in the first day of the competition to make her the gross leader coming into the second day.

Her 83 yesterday put her on a 160 total for the two days.

But Indooroopilly Golf Club member Lyndall Plant clawed closer to the leader with a round of 80 yesterday.

She is sitting in second spot on the leaderboard with a total of 163 for the two days.

Daylight separates the pair from the rest of the field as they prepare for a two-way shoot-out on the final day.

Rhondelle Ollett is sitting in third spot, but she is 10 strokes off the pace.

Bargara's hopes of securing a home win took a fall yesterday with Joan Milton hitting a round of 94.

She is well away from the top of the leaderboard.

While Biggenden's Kathy Nelson was also off the pace, shooting a 91 put her total to 174.

Chasing down a lead tomorrow seems unlikely with more wild weather predicted.

Unless the leaders collapse amid the howling wind, a win for either Atkin or Plant seems the most likely scenario.

“It is going to be rough going again tomorrow if this wind keeps up,” Bazley said.

“It will be very hard to play out there.

“But everyone has had a good time in the tournament.

“And no one has any intentions of pulling out.

“We're just hoping it doesn't storm.”

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