By Dr Pilipus Garpet, Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 17 – Day-two leader Kristine Seko of Papua New Guinea felt the pressure on Friday and relinquished a big lead after posting a nervous 80 to be 13-over 229 and just one stroke ahead of Arianne Klotz (NCL) ahead of the final round.
Seko’s first two rounds of 76 and 73 had her seven shots clear of Olive Auva’a (SAM) at the end of day, but the door is now open for Klotz and Elmay Viking (COK), who both posted day’s best rounds of 73 to be 230 and 231 respectively.
Auva’a also remains well in the hunt just one shot further back in fourth at 16-over 232 after shooting 76.
It sets up a grandstand finish in the women’s tournament, and Tonga’s Losa Fapiano will still also consider herself a decent medal chance five shots away on 237.
Rotana Howard (COK), sister of men’s leader William Howard, has tallied rounds of 81, 82 and 80 to be in seventh spot, 14 shots behind Seko.
At the other end of the field, Denise Taruoura ep Yan from Tahiti hit three figures for the day, carding 100 exactly to be 73-over after three rounds on 289.
Meanwhile, PNG lost its one-shot women’s team event lead to New Caledonia (714). The locals are now second on 716 with Cook Islands 22 shots back in third at 738 after 54 holes.
These three appear certain to fight out the medals with Fiji next best, 19 shot further behind at 757.