Stephenson eagles the last to stay ahead
Lauren Stephenson eagled the last at the Australian Ladies Classic to maintain her lead at the halfway stage.
After beginning the week with a 66, the American continued to shine in Bonville, posting five birdies on her way out on Friday before a double bogey at the 13th stymied her progress.
Stephenson showed grit to bounce back with birdies at 14, 15 and 17 before she concluded her round in perfect fashion with an eagle at the 18th.
Her tally of 14-under places her a shot clear of teenager Ayean Cho, while local amateur Stephanie Kyriacou is a further stroke back.
The 22-year-old leader says staying in her bubble has been the key to her success and believes her fast finish on Friday could prove crucial over the weekend.
"I haven't looked at any leader boards or anything. I'm just figuring out my game," she said, via the Ladies European Tour. "The birdie on the 17th was important and the par putt on 16.
"The 16th is honestly a really tough hole because even though it's short, the green is really tricky. Where that pin was today was tough and I'm sure there were plenty of three-putts there today. I made a really nice putt for par, which was huge."
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